Graham Glasgow and His New Roommate

Submitted by Ma1zeandB1ue on October 9th, 2015 at 8:42 AM

Graham Glasgow made some poor decisions with alcohol and is paying the piper for it, but not in the way you would expect.  Instead of suspension or other conventional methods of punishment, Harbaugh made him move in with his Grandma. 


The legend of Harbaugh continues.…



October 9th, 2015 at 8:51 AM ^

I heard about this earlier, but I still love it.  Definitely a good way to put yourself into a position to succeed.  Grandmas can be the most awesome of people.


October 9th, 2015 at 9:15 AM ^

he gets to have an experience that will last him a lifetime. He gets the experience and knowledge of his Grandma on a daily basis. For young people that's a huge plus, if they're willing to listen. 

Would you rather spend you're senior year fiddle f*cking around with the boys, or chasing girls, while you try to graduate? Or be more grounded, and spend some quality time with a vital person in his life who may not be around much longer? 

They have a team Mom. I'm wondering if maybe they need a team Grandma too. 

The Pope

October 9th, 2015 at 9:44 AM ^

My grandfather had Parkinson's, and during my senior year of college I was the only member of my family who could take him to his therapy sessions and doctor appointments. The time we had driving together and talking during that year was priceless. I feel I grew a lot as a man just hearing him talk.

I hope Glasgow has a similar experience with his grandma.

Bando Calrissian

October 9th, 2015 at 12:38 PM ^

I had a couple years where I was living back in Michigan where I had to take time off between chapters (application years, gap years, etc.), and had a chance to spend a lot of time with my very elderly grandma in the last few years of her life. It was pretty much the best--for both of us. It's weird to tell people that your best friend was a lady in her late 90s, but it was true.


October 9th, 2015 at 8:53 AM ^

Harbaugh's approach is unique and obviously it worked out well. But after reading Brandon's lasting lessons, there's no question that hoke cared deeply for his players. The "Mike burger" situation is evidence of that.
I'm no fair if "hoke would just throw a whole bunch of punishment at us" is fair on Glasgows part.

While the approaches are different, I think both coaches understand the social aspects of being a young student athlete and have a deep regard for their players welfare.

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October 9th, 2015 at 9:28 AM ^

Yes, I think the story here is Harbaugh, not Hoke.  Hoke had a good relationship with his players that stands on its own merits.

The surprise here is tha approach of Harbauigh vs. public perception.  We were all lead to believe that he is a stern taskmaster, and he is, but he is not cold and rigid about it.

I don't recall him screaming at a player at all so far, even when deserved (fake punt on 4th and 16).  And it is becomming clear that this is not just for the cameras.  It's who he is.  Strict, discplined, but positive.

He honors Bo so much that we get ourselves thinking that he is just like Bo (Bo would have ripped the punter's head off on the sidelines after 4th and 16).  But Harbaugh's got his own approach.


October 9th, 2015 at 10:12 AM ^

reputation for wearing out his welcome. When he was at SF, he had a practice one day where he asked all of his players to wear their college gear. He does quirky and unique things as a coach to maintain discipline and sustain focus and attention to detail. But these are things borne from professionalism and then distilled through his brand of coaching.

His primary college and pro coaches were both yellers in Bo and Ditka. And he adopts their old school values but he brings his own personal style to the way he handles game management and player dealings on the sideline.


October 9th, 2015 at 10:45 AM ^

I can tell you why and I understand it somewhat . . . what comes off as cool and inspirational to young college kids just starting out in life, can come off as manipulative and condescending to adult professionals.

It's like when Personnel makes you interupt what you are doing to watch an "inspirational" company video for an hour and then makes you act out roles and answer quizzes based on it.  You roll your eyes and look at your watch.  It's like a mosquito buzzing in your ear.  You just want it to go away.

Yet when I was just starting out, I liked that rah rah stuff.  I liked that there was someting to rally around and everybody was involved.

When people say Harbaugh is better suited temperment-wise to be a college coach, in fact he is ideally suited to be a college coach, they are not just blowing smoke to explain his antics.  He is perfect for the position he is in.  


October 9th, 2015 at 12:37 PM ^

I think there is also the cynical side of this.  In the NFL you are essentially a free-lance agent.  Your focus in on you and mastering your craft.  

Very few NFL players play for just one team throughout their careers.  You know that you will be traded / cut in an instant if it suits their purpose.  You want to make sure you have the skills (and stats) to ensure that you have a chair when the music stops.

This makes you less receptive to rah rah   give-your-body-and-soul-to-the-team speeches . . . when that team is just as likely to be your opponent next season.  You don't want to get too attached.

But in college, for most players it's for life.  They play in one place their entire college career and come back as an honored alumni for the rest of their lives.  In college it is more about the team and your dear old alma mater.  You expect and are receptive to antics like Harbaugh's.

He's a great fit for a college coach, even though it is easy to see how he could be annoying as an NFL coach. 


October 9th, 2015 at 1:15 PM ^

NFL football is a job.  A heartless, cold, job, without a lot of room for rah-rah emotions.   Which is somewhat ironic since it has been shown that rah-rah emotions are usually really good at helping people win football games.   Unless you are a super-star who knows you will be with on franchise forever, you can't ever really get comfortable. 


College football is a passion.  Yeah, a few kids are using it as a springboard to a career.  But for the most part, the kids are there to be a part of a team and just to play football. 


October 9th, 2015 at 9:10 AM ^

It speaks to alot of creativity, I think. 

Harbaugh decided to fix the problem, not the blame.

One of the things I remember hearing about the coach when he got hired was 'He'll win, but he's a d*ck.' or 'He'll wear you out! He's insane. 100% football!'. The talk, even among some supporters, made him sound like a sociopath with a football addiction. 

This story paints a picture of a guy willing to sit back and think about alternative solutions, as well as a guy who's just as concerned with his players as Hoke. 

I'm not bashing Hoke. It sounds like with Brandon his ability to control the program and discipline/deal with his players was progressively weakened. I'm just really happy with Harbaugh, and the fact that he's alot more three dimensional than people suggested. 



October 9th, 2015 at 9:48 AM ^

That's why its creative. You adjust according to the player. This worked because Grandma was able to move.

But I also know a family where one of the parents moved down to help the kid. And that family doesn't have a ton of resources. 

I think that the real struggle is going to be for a guy like Frank Clark; who comes to you from a shattered family. 


October 9th, 2015 at 9:03 AM ^

This is a great story, thanks for posting. The easy route, in terms of avoiding criticism and getting rid of a problem, would have been to boot him off the team or suspend him for several games. This shows Harbaugh willing to take some flak to give the young man a chance. 


October 9th, 2015 at 9:07 AM ^

Of coaches over the years. While yelling can be an effective approach at times, it often is not. In fact when a coach does it a lot, I believe it reflects a coach who is out of ideas. A coach who doesn't know what to do.

The fact that the players heard a lot of yelling -to the point that they tuned it out it seems- speaks volumes to me.


October 9th, 2015 at 9:17 AM ^

At first I read this as Graham moved in with grandma Harbaugh and thought she must be attacking her second century with an enthusiasm unknown to man. 

Edit: Also, the Glasgow's are an amazing family.


October 9th, 2015 at 9:20 AM ^

I mean, I never got in trouble in college (I don't drink much), but having a grandma around is such a good idea. Food, laundry, suprisingly open minded approach to life... everyone should bring their grandmas.