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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, Sept

COACHES CARRY WINNING TRADITION:
Blue football: a

By BOB MILLER
May 30, 1978 might have been a day
set aside for honoring a school, its
football team and many of the people
that made its name famous. But
instead, the day slipped by with none of
the pomp and circumstance usually
surrounding 100 year anniversaries.
You see, on that date in 1979,
Michigan defeated Racine College in
the first gridiron venture ever for a
Wolverine squad. Therefore, one would
assume that football found its way to
the Ann Arbor campus a century ago.
Actually it did, but because there was
no lteam (and obviously no games) in
1882, Michigan will have to wait until
next year, the 101st year Wolverine
football has existed, to have a
centennial celebration.
Still, in all those years, Michigan has
more fables, folklore and legends i its
tradition-laden history to last a second
hundred years.
For instance, many people already
are aware that Michigan represented
the midwest in a football game against
Stanford in 1901 which spawned the first
Rose Bowl. But how many people know
that the game was halted with 10
minutes left and the Wolverines leading
49-0 because the Maize and Blue were
embarrassing their hosts?
The 1901 team went 11-0 and
outscored their opponents 550-0 to earn
the nickname "The Point-A-Minute
Team." Needless to say, that team,
with such stars like All-American Neil
Snow, won the mythical national
championship.
ia
'01 98 for Michigan, Tom Harmon,
wheels around left end in a game in
Michigan Stadium. Harmon starred
for the Maize and Blue in 1938-39-40
and was recently inducted into the
College Football Hall of Fame.
Currently he eats Grape Nuts cereal
on TV commercials and does the
radiosbroadcast of UCLA football
games.

IRONICALLY, IT was almost a
carbon copy performance 46 years
later. Coach Fritz Crisler had a team
loaded with talent including All-
Americans Bob Chappuis and
Chalmers "Bump" Elliott, who would
later coach the Wolverines.
Crisler piloted the team to a Big Ten
championship, an undefeated season,
and its first berth in the Rose Bowl
since Michigan appeared in the initial
New Year's Day classic. The result was
also the same: 49-0, Michigan over
Southern Cal and another national
championship in the polls.
Crisler stepped down from his
coaching position after the season and
Michigan's only three-time All-
American, Bennie Oosterbaan, moved
right in without missing a single beat.
OOSTERBAAN'S first team went 9-0,
repeated as conference kinds and
topped a wire service poll: The
Wolverines idn't go to the Rose Bowl,
however, as the league had a rule back
then prohibiting the same team from
making a return trip to Pasadena.
Incidentally, that was the last time
any Wolverine squad went undefeated
in the regular season until 1971 when Bo
Schembechler coached the Maize and
Blue to an 11-0 mark.
In between Yost and Schembechler
there have been numerous other people
who have added to the luster of
Michigan football. People like Bob
Ufer, who although starred in track
here, has made a name for himself as
the vociferous and emotional game
announcer; Gerald Ford-former
President and standout center; and of

regal C
course, Tom Harmon.
Harmon was simply an All-Ameican
halfback in 1939 and again the next
year. He led the team in scoring both
years, once ran for 206 yards vs. Yale
and another time gained 280 total yards
against Ohio State.
ALL IN ALL, Harmon rushed 398
times in his career for 2134 yards and
took part in 631 plays culminating in
3438 yards of total offense, all among
the leaders in Michigan history.
Harmon's 33 lifetime touchdowns and
237 points scored as a Wolverine still
rank as the standard for Wolverine
gridders.
For all his efforts, Harmon was the
recipient of the Heisman Trophy, as of
yet the only Michigan football player to
be so honored. And to all that, add
Harmon's name as one of the charter
inductees into the College Football Hall
of Fame.
More recently, high caliber players
like Don Dufek, Sr., and Jr., Jack
Clancy, Ron Johnson, Jim Mandich,
Paul Seal, Randy Logan, Dave
Gallagher, Dave Brown, Calvin O'Neal
and Rob Lytle highlight the parade of
people down the years who have shone
during their stints in a Michigan
uniform.
In a storied past such as Michigan
has had, it is not just players and
coaches that make up the total history
albeit they play the biggest part. But in
the 100 years since the Wolverines
toppled Racine 1-0-when football was
more like rugby and there was no such

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their taste buds to salacious assaults of indescribable ecstacy.
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