Ex-Buckeye Clarett Re-Enrolls At Ohio State

UPDATED: Wednesday July 28, 2010 5:58 PM
Maurice Clarett, the former Ohio State football player who spent more than three years in prison, is again a student, the university announced on Monday.

Clarett started classes on Monday, after the university allowed him reentry, an Ohio State spokesman said in a statement released Monday evening.

"Maurice Clarett has been granted reentry into The Ohio State University, following a review by the College of Education and Human Ecology," said Jim Lynch, director of media relations for Ohio State.

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Clarett will attend classes for the second half of OSU's summer quarter.

"This is a surreal feeling to be back at Ohio State in such a supportive environment," Clarett said in a statement. "I have looked forward to being back in school and I'm doing my best to fit in with other students.  I don't want to be a distraction or nuisance to the football team or to students on campus."

His former coach, Jim Tressel, said he knew that Clarett was considering finishing his degree.

"It's what you hope for.  We all make mistakes and some are different mistakes than others and there are always consequences for whatever the mistake is," Tressel said. "And if you take care of that, and usually the world is a forgiving world and gives you the opportunity, if you do the right things, to move forward and that's what he's trying to do."

Clarett served more than 3 1/2 years in the Toledo Correctional Institution for aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon, 10TV News reported.

Clarett was the starting tailback on Ohio State's 2002 football team that went undefeated and won the national championship. He never played a game for the Buckeyes after the 2002 season.

He was a third-round draft choice by the Denver Broncos in 2005 but never saw action in a regular-season game.

On Jan. 1, 2006, Clarett was charged with aggravated robbery after police said he flashed a gun at people outside a bar and robbed them of a cell phone. Then, on Aug. 9, Clarett was arrested after a chase when police said that they tried to stop him for a traffic violation.

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Previous Stories:

April 7, 2010: Ex-Ohio State Star Clarett Granted Early Release
April 6, 2010:  Ex-Ohio State Player Clarett To Leave Prison
February 9, 2010:  Judge To Decide Maurice Clarett Early Release Request
August 5, 2009:  Clarett Withdraws Clemency Request
June 18, 2009:  Clarett Asks Governor For Pardon