Last spring was unexpectedly difficult for Graham Glasgow. The redshirt junior was coming off a season where he’d started all 13 games, including the last 11 at center. He was expected to be a steadying presence for a unit that was still in flux. Then he was faced with some self-inflicted adversity.
In the early hours of March 16th, 2014 Glasgow was stopped for driving while impaired. He was subsequently arrested after a test revealed a blood-alcohol level of .13 (the legal limit in Michigan is .08). In response then-coach Brady Hoke suspended Glasgow for a portion of the spring and for the season opener to Appalachian State. He later returned to the starting lineup, but not at center.
"Each of our young men understands the standard we expect of them," Hoke said in a statement at the time of the suspension. "It's one that represents this great program and university, as well as their family and teammates. When their actions don't reflect that standard, it's very disappointing, and we must hold them accountable for their decision while helping them learn a valuable life lesson."
The judicial system also played a role in teaching that lesson. After pleading guilty to a charge of misdemeanor of operating a vehicle while visibly impaired last June, he was sentenced to a year of probation on July 14th. One of the many terms of that probation was the avoidance of the consumption of alcohol. According to 15th District Court records Glasgow was found to have violated that order last weekend, as evidenced by the .086 he registered on a breathalyzer test administered Sunday morning. The Michigan football program acted swiftly upon learning of this latest transgression.
"We have been made aware of Graham's probation violation and he has been suspended," said Jim Harbaugh in a statement Monday night. "Graham will be subject to punishment through the judicial system, the athletic department, and the Michigan football program."
According to Mlive.com Glasgow has already learned his legal fate.
"He accepted responsibility for that this morning in court. He's going to continue on probation and sin no more," said Glasgow’s attorney John Shea in the report. "He had his probation extended six months, he'll be required to be monitored more frequently and he's going to have to perform some additional tasks for the court."
The length of his athletic department and football program punishments aren’t known at this time, but they could definitely include game suspensions next season. That makes a depth situation that was still comfortable despite the sudden departure of Jack Miller last week a lot less so.
Now first string duties in spring ball will almost certainly fall to redshirt sophomore Patrick Kugler. After that the coaching staff will have to work to develop depth from a crop of candidates that doesn’t include any linemen whose primary position was center last season.