Call Waiting

The NFL thinks he's young. The NCAA thinks he's trouble. Anyone care what Maurice Clarett thinks?

Updated: September 19, 2003, 11:35 PM ET
By Luke Cyphers | ESPN The Magazine
In a just world, he'd be able to run the option.

He says he's staying in school, yet his body language at times screams that he doesn't want to be there. Maurice Clarett doesn't know what his future holds. OSU? NFL? Canada? What he does know -- and he's found out the hard way -- is that right now he has no choice. Players can't leave college for the NFL for three years. That's the rule. And until Clarett, or someone like him, fights it, that's how it will stay.

Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.