maurice clarett 8 30 Clarett gets one year contact with the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL

OMAHA, Neb. — Former Ohio State star Maurice Clarett has signed a one-year contract with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.

Nighthawks general manager Rick Mueller said Clarett met Monday with team officials and UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue, who gave his blessing.

Clarett ran into trouble after leading Ohio State to the 2002 national championship. He served 3 1/2 years in prison for having a hidden gun and holding up two people outside a Columbus, Ohio, bar, then spent 4 1/2 months in a lockdown dormitory.

He needed a judge’s permission to tryout for the Nighthawks over the weekend.

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