Former Ohio State RB Maurice Clarett will play in rugby event

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Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett will try his hand at rugby. (E. Bakke/Getty Images)

Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett will try his hand at rugby. (E. Bakke/Getty Images)

Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett will try a new sport in a rugby event next week, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

Clarett will play for the Columbus affiliate of Tiger Rugby, the rugby development program for selecting the team that will represent the U.S. at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Clarett is scheduled to play in the The Ohio Rugby Sevens Invitational in Mechanicsburg on May 25.

Clarett played one season at Ohio State, rushing for 1,237 yards and scored 18 touchdowns and helped Ohio State win the 2002 BCS National Championship.  He was dismissed from the program the following season for accepting improper benefits.

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