How did both running back Maurice Clarett and head coach Jim Tressel, both hailing from Youngstown, Ohio, wind up turning their bright careers in football into downfalls laced with shame and scandal? This special program delves into the stories of these two men─as their 2002 championship season with Ohio State University marked high points for both, with Clarett later to be arrested and Tressel forced to resign. 77 min. Soundtrack: English.
Explore the class and power dynamics in college sports through the parallel interconnected journeys of one-time dynamic running back Maurice Clarett and former elite head coach Jim Tressel. Both emerged from the working-class city of Youngstown, Ohio and eventually joined for a magical season at Ohio State University in 2002 that produced the first national football championship for the school in over 30 years. Shortly thereafter though, Clarett was suspended from college football and began a downward spiral that ended with a prison term. Tressel continued at Ohio State for another eight years before his career there also ended in scandal. Directors Jeff and Michael Zimbalist examine the rise and downfall of these two men from the opposite side of the Youngstown tracks.