The 30 Best '30 for 30' Films

As ESPN's groundbreaking series celebrates its fifth anniversary, we pick our favorite films: tales of triumph, tragedy and (of course) 'The U'

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'Youngstown Boys' (Dir. Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist)
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15. 'Youngstown Boys' (Dir. Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist)

Youngstown, Ohio, native Maurice Clarett and former Youngstown State football coach Jim Tressel both had moments of glory at Ohio State University, and both saw their time there end in disgrace due to NCAA investigations. Youngstown Boys takes a frank look at what Clarett and Tressel did and didn't do, and asks whether the media scorn and official sanctions were fairly applied to both, or whether the black athlete was held to a harsher standard than his white coach.

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