MoC on MoC

December 13, 2012 at 10:49a    by Ross Fulton    
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cplunk's picture

Good for MoC. I hope things continue on an upward trend for him. 

Killer nuts's picture

This is a great read and I'm very much looking forward to the 30 for 30 that ESPN does on him. It's great to see such a troubled young man turn his life around, I wish him the best

BucksfanXC's picture

I can't wait for the 30 for 30. MoC was still the best football player I've personally watched play for the Buckeyes. Never forget the 2-3 extra yards he'd get everytime he'd get tackled. I hope he reaches his goals and does nothing but good going forward.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

BrewstersMillions's picture

I was in the stands at Ross Ade during the Holy Buckeye game but I will always say my favorite moment of the 2002 season was Maurice's first touch against TTU. I don't have a hard time saying he would have gone down as the best running back in school history, supplanting even Eddie and Archie.
 

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

bukyze's picture

If he'd stayed long enough, can't say I disagree.  I still think the Supreme Court was wrong, and still is.

Doc's picture

God works in mysterious ways, and I beleive the missed off ramp and the illegal U-turn was God's intervention in Maurice's life.  What an incredible story.  I hope for the best for him.

"Say my name."

hodge's picture

What's even scarier is that you could argue that the half-bottle of Grey Goose that he'd drank ultimately saved his life, as well.  Imagine if he'd been sober...

BrewstersMillions's picture

I was in between terms when OSU played Washington State as well. Sophomore year was a week or so away so my Dad and I traveled to our local BW3's to watch the OSU game. Being in ND country, we had to beg and plead with a waitress to give us one TV to watch the Buckeyes. Much to the chagrin of the Irish fan locals, we got one of the big screens behind the bar. Naturally, since we dared disturb the 1000 screen balance of the universe, every ND fan decided to take up the cause of the Washington State cougars while finding time to heckle my dad and I (fully decked out in S&G). I got into it a little with one guy and told him "You want to see a real athlete, keep an eye on #13". Mo had a relatively slow first half so naturally I was getting ribbed pretty good about it. "Oh ya, he's great. Wow. look at him. Awesome". In the second half, he broke off a few runs but one particularly sticks out in my head. I think it was a counter, or he made a cut back, but the play was designed to go off left tackle, he cut it around and there was a safety standing in his way....and then there wasn't a safety in his way. Mo absolutely tattooed whoever the poor sap was on his way to a big run and proceeded to dominate that game (on a knee that would require minor surgery a few days later). The ND Fans that were giving us the hardest time couldn't believe what they were watching. Funny man, 10 years ago and I remember it like it just happened.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

btalbert25's picture

I absolutely believe he was the best Buckeye I've ever seen.  It was amazing watching him run.  He had such a violent and angry style.  Like you said, he just laid guys out.  He was fearless too, he'd lower his head and run right through the guys.  I loved watching him.  The crazy thing is, where a lot of guys run to the ball to get the hand off.  MoC would get the ball, hang out and wait couple seconds for a hole to open up and then explode.  I remember watching games with my buddies, and one friend in particular would always yell at the TV RUN.  It drove him nuts that Mo would get the ball and stand still sometimes.  It's a damn shame the guy had so many demons, it would of been great seeing him there for 3 years.

Doc's picture

I agree BT, MoC was the best player/athlete I have ever seen in person.  I never got to see Archie play, and he is still my favorite Buckeye, but Clarett was special.  Teddy Ginn was lightning quick, but Maurice had IT.  That guy could have been the best ever to wear an OSU uni.  The guy would heve beaten all of the records and won everything.  What a shame.

"Say my name."

Killer nuts's picture

Dude was a beast, great vision and burst, ran behind his pads. I'm ecstatic he missed his exit that night and the policeman was there to catch him making a U-turn
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-UvO6tS0II

ohhiyo's picture

i really think trent richardson is the same guy he is but i'm not sure if trent has the speed of MoC

btalbert25's picture

It's absolutely amazing to me how the NCAA didn't hammer the Buckeyes for him "living the NFL life in college"  I'm sure it wouldn't have been hard to connect the dots between those kicking money to MoC and other other players on the team.  Just goes to show the NCAA only brings the hammer down when it's convenient for them to do so.

BUCKfutter's picture

If I remember correctly, Mo refused to talk to the NCAA.  They probably could have gotten info from other sources, but either way he did OSU a big favor on his way out the door.
Goodness what a talent

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

Bolt's picture

If I remember correctly, you're thinking of Terrelle Pryor. Maurice Clarett single handedly caused an investigation at Ohio State and then after he left/somewhat got booted he tried to tear the program down out of spite. Now he's since made amends and we're moving on from that...but he in no way shape or form did OSU any favors after the 2003 Fiesta Bowl.

NC_Buckeye's picture

Bolt is right. He did an interview for ESPiN the Magazine where he made a lot of accusations about the university's football program. ESPiN the Mag promoted the hell out of it because they needed the exposure. They were going to blow the lid off of how dirty Ohio State is. No investigation or verification. Just one person's word. A person who was on his way to jail BTW.
When Clarett got his shit together, he basically owned up to the fact that he made everything up for that article. No retraction from ESPN though.
And what sucks is that people still use this article as proof of how dirty the alma mater is.

NC_Buckeye's picture

Here's the ESPN the Mag story if anyone wants to read this piece of ruck-making hogwash. Pay attention to the "More of the Story" sidebar. That's 7 related articles that basically cast us as the Big Ten equivalent of Miami.
The Ohio State's Response link does have some good quotes from Geiger though.

President Karen A. Holbrook, head coach Jim Tressel and assistant Dick Tressel refused comment through spokespersons, and AD Andy Geiger says he'd have no official response until the story appeared, if then. But Geiger did give a preview of the school's potential counterattack.

"He's ineligible because he declined to tell the truth 17 times during an investigation," Geiger says. "If you want to give him credibility when he's been unable to tell the truth under any circumstance since I've been around him, I'm not going to respond.

"Clarett vowed that he'd do something to try to get us, and this may be what it is. I hope you've checked the background of who you're dealing with."

Not only did Clarett besmirch the school but Tressel too. Says a lot about Tressel that he forgave the slander and reached out to him in prison to help turn Clarett's life around.

BUCKfutter's picture

Yep you guys are totally right I was thinking of TP

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

btalbert25's picture

I loved this article though, it's quite a story.  One thing that I just couldn't stop thinking about, is hearing the other guys intros.  Injuries, playing careers, personal tragedies, then they talk about Eric Crouch's other job.  Maybe I'm just a 12 year old at heart but after comparing it to guys having career altering injuries and parents dying of aids, and Moe's life, the part about Crouch just had me cracking up.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Did you read some of the comments written by readers in the comments section? Some were a little funny conisdering Crouch's job. And then there are those that bash OSU, but we're all used to those by now.

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

I will always have that freshman MoC chubby faced smile stuck in my head. Absolutely loved everything about him in college, his ability to play with pain, work ethic, football knowledge...he had it all. It would not surprise me to see Tressel help Mo out in his journey to amend his life.

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

Bolt's picture

"The players talk about their jobs outside of football (quarterback Eric Crouch sells medical devices that help women deal with vaginal prolapse)..."

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

Was he at the ceremony during The Game?

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

Bolt's picture

I think he was supposed to be.

Doc's picture

Yes he was.

"Say my name."

GoBucks713's picture

I was at the Tee Jaye's on Brice when he pulled into the lot and hit a police cruiser. There weren't that many people there. If I remember correctly it was on a Tuesday or Wednesday around 230 or 3 in the morning. A friend and I had gone to Cedar Point and decided to hit up Tee Jaye's before going home and to bed for some barnyard busters. We were only sitting there for a few minutes after we had given our order and it happened right in front of us. I just happened to be looking outside when it all happened. Crazy. We were just watching what was going on then they pulled a guy out of the van and I asked my friend if that was MoC. We were both dazed from riding rides and being out in the sun all day, amongst other things. I think it was the craziest thing I've ever seen.

-The Aristocrats!

GoBucks713's picture

Did he really say that he got paid more in college than in the UFL? Am I the only person shocked by that statement??

-The Aristocrats!

OSUStu's picture

Eh, a little but the UFL doesn't pay much.  Plus Maurice didn't accomplish much with the Nighthawks.  So, he was probably getting the minimum.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Dougger's picture

i am as well. i hope the 30 for 30 doesnt highlight that or.. i dunno. i hope its not true but if it is... all those coaches are gone! or most of them.

I like football

Poison nuts's picture

I took that as him referring to selling drugs...I could be wrong.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

Bolt's picture

The amazing thing out of all of this for me continues to be that people seem so ready to forgive Clarett, while in the same breath ripping Terrelle Pryor apart with disdain still in your heart. I am all for a guy turning his life around and all, but I'd rather Clarett just go away. Terrelle Pryor was a part of some improprieties, as was Clarett, but just went away. Clarett not only did no go away, he went on to try to get the program, school and Tressel torn down out of pure spite. He then went on to the famed criminal record that ensued. Pryor even did some favors to Ohio State by just going away and consulted with the university the have himself banned from the university so that he could both get out of this mess without incriminating himself and the school further and prove to the NFL that he has no other option but to declare for the pros so that they'd allow him in the NFL supplemental draft. Clarett went on record with intention to bury Ohio State and has even admitting to fabricating information to try to bury the school and then went on to embarass the university to no end. Everyone still seems to forgive him though while having no end to their vitriol for TP when, by all accounts TP always played hard and was very proud to be a Buckeye. Doesn't make any sense. Is it because Clarett helped win a nat'l title and that's all anyone chooses to remember? Is it because time heals wounds? Will people be willing to offer the same forgiveness and "once a Buckeye always a Buckeye" olive branches to Pryor 8 more years from now? I would be happy for both to just go away for good, personally...but this is just something I've not been able to understand.

OSUStu's picture

Good points.  Although the championship does pay a big role, I think time has been the biggest factor in the soften views on Mo.  I think the same will happen with TP.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Dougger's picture

good points. but from what i read through MoC's twitter, the guy's really turned a new leaf. the bad stuff is in the past hopefully, but i really believe he wants to change other people's lives. i don't want him to go away if that's the case.

I like football

btalbert25's picture

People always call Pryor a thug and talk about how terrible of a guy he was, but the real thug was MoC.  HE INTENDED TO KILL SOMEONE.  He admitted to doing drugs his freshman year.  He robbed people at gunpoint and went to prison.  There is no comparison between he and Terrelle Pryor.  TP loved Ohio State, he's said as much.  People may or may not believe that.  MoC loved MoC, he proved that time and again.
I loved watching Mo play, and I love his story and how he's turned his life around.  If he talks about getting paid and all the craziness at Ohio State on a 30/30, I'd rather that not ever hit the airwaves, because let's face it, it'll be a blackeye.  I do like that he's straitened up though and I do think he could be a great ambassador to the university in the future.

Denny's picture

Clarett did go on record trying to bury the university.... when he was like 20 years old. A lot's happened since then.
I hold no vitriolic feelings towards both Clarett and Pryor so I am going to have a cookie now.

Taquitos.

Poison nuts's picture

I'd like to upvote this until my mouse breaks but I can't...so once will have to do & now I too will have a cookie.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

NC_Buckeye's picture

I agree with Denny. Have another cookie on me pal.
Just for clarification, even though I linked the ESPN the Mag article above -- I hold no ill will towards Clarett... or TP for that matter. For the exact reason Denny cites above. They were both 20-ish yo's who had some growing-up to do.
Hind-sight being 20-20, there's some stuff I'd do differently if I could go back and redo my early 20's.

hodge's picture

Only one, Denny?  C'mon man, go big or go home.

buckeyedude's picture

LOL. It's amazing how many of life's problems are solved by a simple cookie.

 
 

Oyster's picture

For BOLT,
Time heals all wounds and a NC trophy will make many forgive past trangressions.  It may not be fair, but it is the way life is.
 

theDuke's picture

got a pic with MoC this year at the USF game. He was in really good spirits and appears to have begun a new chapter. hope nothing but the best for him for all he gave us durning that one season. But most of all for overcoming his own demons and now using that experience to hopefully change the roads of another young man's life. 
 
....also, if you've never seen his high school highlights, you ain't seen nothin

theDuke