Vince Marrow was supposed to follow Bo Pelini to Ohio State. In fact, Marrow said, former Buckeyes football coach John Cooper went to Pelini and wanted to know why his former teammate from Cardinal Mooney High in Youngstown, Ohio, had picked Youngstown State instead.
“I guess John Cooper and those guys went in there and said, ‘Can you believe your buddy just committed to Youngstown State?’ ” Marrow said Wednesday. “Bo called me and ripped me. He was very mad about that. I was probably one of their top recruits.”
Marrow is now a second-year graduate assistant at Nebraska, where his old friend Pelini is the Huskers’ head coach. Marrow’s son, Mike, is a Husker fullback.
Marrow had committed to Ohio State during his junior year, but to play basketball for coach Eldon Miller (with the intent to also play football). But Miller was let go after the 1985-86 season, Buckeyes assistant coach Jim Cleamons took the head coaching job at Youngstown State and Marrow decided to follow.
“People were surprised that I went to go play for him (Cleamons),” Marrow said. “But we had a good relationship.”
When Cleamons left after two seasons to become an assistant with the Chicago Bulls, Marrow transferred from Youngstown State to Toledo and finished his career with the Rockets. The tight end went on to play for five NFL teams between 1992 and 1999.
Does he wonder what he missed with Ohio State?
“When I look back over it, I kind of wished I would have went there,” Marrow said. “But everything works out. And it worked out for me.”