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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Big Ten legacy grabs conference offer

By Chantel Jennings

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- As great as Sunday was for 2014 linebacker Gelen Robinson (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) when he picked up his first football offer from Illinois, it was also a little awkward.

As expected, he was at Assembly Hall to watch his older brother, Glenn Robinson III and the rest of his Michigan basketball teammates take on Illinois in a Big Ten match up. But Gelen wasn’t sitting with his family (which also includes former Purdue basketball star Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson). He was sitting with the other Illinois recruits on the other side of the floor, flanked mainly by a lot of orange, rather than maize and blue.

“It was a little weird trying not to cheer, since I was on the Illinois side,” Gelen said. “But it was a great game.”

Robinson, who has interest from several Big Ten schools, hasn’t been able to make it to many junior days, as he has weekend wrestling tournaments (including last Saturday’s sectional competition, which he won at the 220-pound weight class).

So a Sunday basketball game visit to Illinois was the perfect remedy for his busy schedule.

“I was happy they offered me,” Robinson said. “I’ve been talking to the coaches a lot lately, and they have a great school, a great program.”

Robinson hopes to make it out to a few basketball games at Michigan State or Indiana once the wrestling season is over. And as far as Big Dog and Glenn, the reigning Big Ten freshman of the week, the Robinsons seem to be happy for the youngest conference athlete.

“He told me congratulations,” Gelen said of Glenn. “He was happy for me, even though it wasn’t his school.”

No, not Glenn’s school, but at least it’s the Robinson’s conference.