great article Ramzy --- as usual --- better than any mainstream sports outlet, magazine, newspaper, etc.
"You win with people." - Woody Hayes
You hit it out of the park again. Well done.
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I, as all Buckeyes, know the "story" of Maurice. How few of us know the man? Thanks for presenting this Ramzy.
Please, be honest. This is for science.
MC was the difference maker in 2001. Krenzel was a caretaker, Clarett was the offense. His effort against Miami was extrordinary, including running down from behind the defender taking the turnover to the house. Looking at how subsequent OSU RBs have struggled his success is an irrefutable argument that if he stayed healthy the sky was the limit. With even a minimal commitment to schoolwork - a minimal attention - he could have completed a sophomore year as a leading Heisman candidate and headed to the NFL as a top five pick.
One would think that a cautionary tale like Clarett's would carry some weight at least at OSU, but the big egos think it won't happen to them. Anyone want to predict what round Boom goes in? DeVier? And how much lower that will be than if they had played a full year? Sad. If OSU can mend relations with Clarett they could get him to talk to the studs about playing by the rules and save them and Buckeye teams some agony.
Good post, wrong year. 02
Another great read as always Ramzy. Mo's had so many twists and turns, I sincerely hope that this last upswing goes on and on.
Even when alot of people, including many Buckeye fans were down on him, I always just thought of his million $ smile I had seen after he saw someone else on the team make an excellent play, or score, etc. I never thought he was all about Maurice, he was a team player and wanted the best.
From the 2007 HBO special ---->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iI7x_DDPcLo
Another great article. MoC is, in my mind, one of the defining players of the BCS era of college football. Like Reggie Bush, Vince Young, Michael Vick, he was in 2002 one of the few guys who could put an entire offense on his shoulders and say, "feed me the rock and we will win." Against the most fierce of competition, he always seemed to overpower his opponent. His running style may have hurt him long-term. Guys like Reggie Bush seemed to "run scared," to use the phrase coined by other running backs. MoC? He "ran angry." Bush would flee the LB. MoC would run after the LB sometimes, try and hammer him, almost as if he was the guy on defense. On the field, what an incredible Buckeye. When you see guys like that, you know there's something different and special about players from Ohio. Just a little bit hungrier, a little bit meaner, and I have always thought that was the edge that made the difference between '02 and other years. He wasn't the fastest, or the most nimble, but I don't think any RB was more competitive, or had more sheer force of will. There's a handful of clutch QBs out there. How many clutch RBs have there been in the BCS era? Guys who ran better the later in the game and the closer the score was? I say only 2 that really mattered, MoC and Bush. And MoC clearly has better taste in women.
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National champs. Coincidence?
A good lesson in it's not how you start, it's how you finish. Life may take us places we dont want to be and places we never thought we'd go, but if you are willing to make the best out of every situation you can still come out on top. I think we can all relate to stories of redemption, myself included. Thanks to MoC for sharing his.
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I remember watching him play. I remember talking about him to anyone who would listen leading up to that season. I still to this day get remarks/teases from opposing fans about him. But MoC to me, will always be the guy that never once got tackled falling backwards, always pushed for that extra yard.
“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
Well done, Ramzy. I think your work validated his trust in you.
I predict that #13 will one day patrol the sidelines of Ohio Stadium as a Buckeye assistant coach.
Oh goodie, I can't wait.
I'd be shocked to see him back at Ohio State in any type of coaching capacity. Unless Cowboy Krenzel is the HC...
Maybe not for many years to come, but I would wait to see how his story unfolds. The old guard of Ohio State power circles will fade and I suspect that the younger generation of fans, who will replace the old guard, holds a different point of view on Mo-C than do the current cadre of baby boomer boosters. I can't think of anyone better for connecting with some of the most troubled (and often the most gifted) players coming out of high school. Whatever else Mo-C has been in the past, he is the genuine article and will have perspective that most can't match. I think kids will listen to what he has to say. And hey, America loves a comeback story.
They may love a comeback story, but they seem to hate most things Ohio State.
Ya know, I'm not one who believes there is a lot of teams looking for a 27 or 28 year old Rookie RB, but if anyone can do it, It's Mo C. I have a feeling this guy just may get back there one day. Having not been beat to hell the last 9 years, he won't be old at 30 like most RB's. I know he's got a long way to go and it's not his motivation neccessarily, but what a story that would be. What a story it has already been. I'm rooting for the guy.
Also, I just can't imagine what it would be like to come from the backgrounds some of these kids do. 10 of your friends/family murdered before you graduate from high school. Witnessing murder on a regular basis. No father. I hear the stories a lot my wife is a teach in Cincinnati Public Schools, and it just always amazes me when any of the kids make it out of these situations. There are so many kids lost in the shuffle. So many who very intelligent, athletic, or have great skill in art or music, that never get a chance because they have no support system. It's really heart breaking.
Poignant read, I'm still rooting for him... Pryor too.
Makes me wish the Nighthawks played at home Oct 7.
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Cool, thanks to both of you.
I would have called you, buddy :(
Thank God Monday on this blog is saved by Ramzy every week after DJ's terrible, logic-, and fact-deficient articles in the morning Skully.
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Passive-aggressive meter is off the charts on this one.
as if i wasnt already insecure about opening up for the best writer on this site every week :'(
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Psht. I'm sure you meant this in jest but just to touch on this. Kinda tired of people playing a bunch of games like this towards the staff. Every damn writer here has different styles/viewpoints that some take way too seriously. There isn't a single one I don't enjoy.
Sorry DJ, having a bad week because of that game. You are improving, keep working at it.
Another great column. Thanks!
Tremendous piece Ramz!
Thanks for a great read. Pulling for ya, MoC . . . and I'm not even thinking about football.
Good read, Ramzy...
I live within walking distance to the Va Beach sportsplex, but since they f-ed up the UFL, I am going to miss the Beast and Red Kryptonite on Oct 21st. That really really sucks.
Excellent piece Ramzy. I've always had trouble rooting against Buckeyes. I hope MoC continues to succeed in life.
The Ohio State University Class of 2001
BS Aero & Astronautical Engineering
This was outstanding, Ramzy! Extremely well written...thank you!
I feel guilty getting Ramzy's articles for free. Great piece. 11W needs to find out if Ramzy can be bribed with Starburst or something to keep him from jumping ship to a mainstream.
Fantastic article. This fact will always remain: If not for Maurice, our last National Championship would be 1968. I really hope that he AND Troy can revive their careers in Omaha.
A fool and his money are soon parted.I would pay anyone a lot of money to explain that to me. -Homer Simpson
Ramzy.. incredible read. I am very happy for MoC; I can't even put into words how proud I am of his turnaround.
I live in Omaha. I am going to Nighthawk games. (Wearing things OSU)
I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.
I always said that I'd never forgive Clarett for trying to throw tOSU under the bus. Well Mo, you're forgiven.
Sooner or later it all gets real.
A thought: I honestly enjoy all the writers pieces here. I mean that literally; there has not been a single article that I have disliked.
The reason this one hits home is due to my own personal feeling concerning MoC's early persona, the consequences on my alma mater, and how he is now. Oh.. and I guess how his story fits with Coach Tressel is also poignant, for me, because I've thought about the "what ifs" that MoC has let pass. Since coming to know that despite Maurice's emotionally destitute upbringing, he still had the tools to succeed in football (of course) OR as an academic. The kid is smart.
I've also thought about alternate timelines concerning Coach, but that's another story, especially since Coach Tressel has already garnered much success, and will continue to do so.
Anyway, I look forward to reading articles by any author on this site. These kids are talented.
Ramzy, you are truly talented. Thanks for another great read. I hope we have you on this site for a long time, but common sense tells me otherwise, so I will enjoy it now while I can.
I have done a 180 on Mo, the kid is a survivor, and I will always respect him for that. Given his upbringing, he has overcome a ton of obstables most of us can't even comprehend. I couldn't be happier that he is turning his life around. You go Mo, I will always be rooting for you.
WOW! Great article Ramzy! I had to put it down to attend to some other business but picked it right up as soon as I could. Great article, great story, great Buckeye!
Peter "Pete" Peterson
"Recruiting is like shaving, if you don't do it everyday, you look like a bum!" -Jim Tressel
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