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Sunday Morning Quarterback

Sunday Morning Quarterback

Sunday, January 01, 2006

THE RAP SHEET
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Wherein SMQ chronicles eligibility-crippling issues, legal, academic, institutional and otherwise...

Normally, SMQ jests and jokes and pokes fun at the misfortunes of high profile athletes in this space, but this is just sad:
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former Ohio State University running back Maurice Clarett was accused of using a gun to rob two people in an alley behind a bar early Sunday and taking a cellphone, police said.

Clarett, 22, who helped the Buckeyes win the national championship in 2002, fled when the bar owner or manager, who knew Clarett and the victims, came into the alley and identified him shortly before 2 a.m., detectives said.

According to police, he left the scene in a white sport-utility vehicle with two other men and got only the cellphone from his alleged victims. Neither was hurt.

Clarett is wanted on two counts of suspicion of aggravated robbery, police said.
Lest we forget, following the ongoing punchline that has been his suspension from Ohio State following a false police report, subsequent accusation of recruiting shenanigans at tOSU, fight against NFL Draft age requirements, awful combine showing and aborted pro career, Clarett was an absolute beast poised to rewrite the record books during and immediately following the fall of 2002.

After that season, in fact, when he was one of the best freshman running backs since first-year players were allowed to play varsity, he was the most high-profile player of the national champion, a Heisman finalist and generally regarded as the frontrunner for the 2003 Heisman as a sophomore. Everyone expected his name to eventually wind up beside Ricky Williams, Tony Dorsett, Ron Dayne, Archie Griffin, etc. as one of the great college backs in history. He was that big, strong and agile as an 18-year-old.

Instead, he'll be filed along the likes of Cecil "The Deisel" Collins. Clarett's sorry fate is worse even than that of Lawrence Phillips, who at least had a relatively proper college career before flaming out with all varieties of legal problems. What could possess such an extremely talented person with everything possible advantage going for him to make such consistently awful decisions?
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