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Jim Harbaugh Had Michigan's Starting Center Move In With His Grandma After Off-The-Field Trouble

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during the Michigan Football Spring Game.

ANN ARBOR, MI - APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Most college football players live in a dorm room/apartment/off-campus house that features lazily hung posters, a gaming system or two and a coffee table littered with days-old food, Solo Cups and some text books. 

Graham Glasgow is not most college football players. 

Glasgow, the starting center for Michigan, lives with his 81-year-old grandmother in a downtown Ann Arbor, Mich. apartment. 


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Glasgow, a fifth-year senior, had some off-the-field trouble. He was arrested in 2014 for drunken driving and roughly one year later, he failed a random test that revealed he had been drinking while on probation. 

So, with the guidance of Jim Harbaugh, Glasgow moved in with his grandma, Carmella, known as "Gma" to the offensive lineman. 

Harbaugh phoned Glasgow’s father, Steve, and they discussed options. The first plan was to have Glasgow move back into the dorms, but a fifth-year senior moving into South Quad with freshmen didn’t seem like the right solution.

Enter a 5-foot-1 1/2 grandmother, called “the little Italian” in some circles.

Glasgow’s grandparents had been a part of his home life for as long as he can remember. They helped manage the household for their son and daughter-in-law, both orthopedic surgeons. So having Glasgow move out of the State Street house he shared with several football players to an apartment with his grandmother didn’t seem like a complete stretch.

“It’s good for her and good for me to have someone cook for me and wash my stuff and watch after me in some ways,” Glasgow said. “She gets to cruise the streets, walk around and do whatever she wants. But she’s the nosiest person I’ve ever known. She has to know everything. She’ll say, ‘You’re back a little later, why is that? Were you being smart, Graham?’ Oh, Grandma.”

The move seems to have worked. Glasgow is thriving and Michigan (4-1) has surged into the top 25 in Year 1 of the Harbaugh era. 

The Wolverines are set to take on Northwestern Saturday. 

[Detroit News]