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Graham Glasgow’s change of college plans might not stand as the most well-known happening in the storied football rivalry between Michigan and Ohio State, but it sure adds a wrinkle to the teams’ Nov. 26 showdown for the Marmion graduate.
Glasgow was ticketed for Columbus, Ohio, to be a preferred walk-on offensive lineman for the Buckeyes, but had a late change of heart in June in the aftermath of former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel’s controversy-laden resignation in late May.
By the end of June, the DeKalb resident was in Ann Arbor, Mich., suddenly a member of the Buckeyes’ detested rival Wolverines. The 6-foot-6, 316-pounder is listed as No. 61 on the Wolverines’ roster.
So far, Glasgow said the teasing has been minimal about changing sides of the Big Ten’s most celebrated feud.
“They’ve mainly just been pretty accepting of it,” Glasgow said of his new teammates. “It’s almost like you came over from the dark side, so welcome.”
Glasgow originally planned to honor his Ohio State commitment despite Tressel’s departure, at the time noting that several of Tressel’s assistants remained on board to maintain continuity. The Buckeyes could face NCAA sanctions in future years for improprieties during Tressel’s tenure.
“A lot of the guys are still there but I just don’t know what’s going to happen [after this year], and that’s kind of a big deal,” Glasgow said.
Once he decided on a change, Glasgow considered Minnesota and Michigan. Marmion associate head coach and former Chicago Bear Kurt Becker was a lineman for the Wolverines, which Glasgow said “helped a little.”
After undergoing rigorous summer workouts, Glasgow and the Wolverines are ready to gear up for the dawn of the Brady Hoke era Sept. 3 against Western Michigan. The late November Ohio State matchup is the regular season finale.
A standout lineman on Marmion’s Class 6A state runner-up team last year, Glasgow acknowledges switching schools on the fly had his head spinning for a few weeks.
“I thought I was going [to Ohio State] for the longest time and then I ended up switching,” Glasgow said. “As far as I can tell, it’s been a good choice.”