Omaha interested in Maurice Clarett

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A day after a lawyer for former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett said his client wanted to try out for a professional team in Nebraska, the team's general manager confirmed it.

Rick Mueller, GM of the Omaha Nighthawks, issued a statement on Tuesday saying he wanted to help Clarett take "positive steps toward being the good citizen and solid family man that he aspires to be."

Clarett pleaded guilty in 2006 to aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon and served 3½ years in a Toledo prison. He has been taking classes at Ohio State and working out at the team's training facility.

He could be cleared to travel to Omaha at a Wednesday hearing.

Mueller said the Nighthawks would try out Clarett as soon as possible.