When Edward Warinner committed to Michigan State, his dad was at a different Big Ten institution. But he was not at that school.
Warinner’s father, longtime college assistant Ed Warinner, joined P.J. Fleck’s staff at Minnesota in 2017 after parting ways with Ohio State. But this offseason, the elder Warinner landed a job closer to his son.
Ed Warinner accepted a job on Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Michigan. He was originally hired as an offensive analyst, but his role changed to offensive line coach after some staff shakeup.
Edward Warinner, part of Michigan State’s 2018 recruiting class and an early enrollee with the Spartans, said he “thinks it’s fun” that he and his dad are part of the high-profile rivalry.
“It was funny,” Warinner told MLive earlier this week. “I laughed, I mean I was happy. It’s not a big deal. He can do his thing, I do my thing. I committed before he took the job. It’s not weird. He’s my dad, I’m as close with him as I am anybody. I love it, I think it’s fun.”
Michigan State hosts its annual spring game Saturday afternoon in East Lansing. The Spartans host Michigan on Oct. 20.