O'Neal in transition

It was announced that star Ohio junior Jamario O'Neal would transfer to Cleveland Glenville last month. Gary Housteau caught up with Glenville head coach Ted Ginn to find out the latest.

I spoke earlier today with Ted Ginn, Sr., the head coach of Glenville High School, and he gave me an update on the Jamario O'Neal situation.

I first spotted O'Neal at the Tarblooders scrimmage against Shaker Heights and reported on the potential transfer of O'Neal from Mansfield to Glenville, that has since taken place.

O'Neal is attending classes at Glenville but Ginn is still waiting on a court date to learn if he will become O'Neal's legal guardian. O'Neal has been on the sideline in street clothes for the first three games of the season while waiting on the court's decision.

Ginn (pictured left) first addressed the O'Neal situation with me publicly right after their victory over Perry in week two, and since then, nothing regarding O'Neal's status has changed.

"Jamario is happy right now," Ginn Sr. said. "Jamario is staying at my house, he's doing his community service, (he did) his two-game suspension, nothing has changed. If he never gets on the field, we're not worried about the field. All we're worried about is Jamario being happy and that's the reason he's here."

According to Ginn, there's not even a timetable in sight for O'Neal to contribute to the Tarblooders program.

"We're not even talking about that," Ginn said. "If he had to sit out all year that's fine with us and it's fine with him."

Ginn defended any insinuation or speculation of improprieties involved in O'Neal being at Glenville now. In addition to his football prowess, O'Neal will likely aid the Tarblooders immensely during the upcoming track season.

"What is wrong with my dad knowing his dad for many years," Ginn said. "His dad knew me before I knew him, so he's my dad's friend. My dad is dead and I think this is what my father would have wanted me to do for his friend."

With the court's approval of the guardianship, O'Neal, who will don #23 with the Tarblooders when he becomes eligible, will make Glenville a very formidable foe for any team come playoff time.

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