spoiler alert: i linked this
@umichfootball keeps tweeting photos of the new Schembechler Hall Towsley Museum. The unveiling of the statue is later tonight.
EDIT: Bo statue unveiled. Outside the building.
My dad went to high school with 1974 football MVP and second team all-american, LB Steve Strinko. Steve is in Ann Arbor this weekend to celebrate the 40 year anniversary of the '74 team, as well as the unveiling of the Bo statue. I have never met him personally, but I am connected with him on social media, and thought I would share this poem he wrote about Bo (I'm guessing he wouldn't mind). Pretty cool to get an inside look at one of Bo's players, and their feelings about him. Also, Strinko's bio on Wikipedia:
My favorite quotes:
As one of Ohio's top football recruits in the Class of 1971, Strinko was recruited by Ohio State, Notre Dame, Stanford, Michigan and other universities. In January 1971, Strinko and his parents watched Super Bowl V with Ohio State Coach Woody Hayes at his house. The Strinkos were the only family invited and enjoyed a home-cooked meal prepared by Hayes' wife Anne. In March 1971, Strinko announced that he had accepted a scholarship to attend the University of Michigan.
Strinko dismissed the notion that he was a "traitor" for choosing Michigan over Ohio State, noting that he chose Michigan "because I liked Bo [Michigan head football coach Bo Schembechler] a lot. I was probably more impressed with him than with OSU Coach Woody Hayes. They (Michigan recruiters) said I'd definitely play linebacker here. That's what I've always wanted to play. Other schools said I might play somewhere else." Strinko later recalled that Woody Hayes never got over his decision to attend Michigan.
And his poem:
What Would Bo Do?
When it comes to the greatest men who've led
The teams of the "Maize and Blue,".
The leader who stands above the rest
Is a champion both tried and true.
His methods always seemed sublime,
And his ethics beyond reproach.
Those who loved him called him Bo,
His players proclaimed him “coach.”
His shouts of “Ham 'n Egger”
Would make our hearts just gleam.
He never failed to stand in the gap,
For “the Team, the Team, the Team”.
So when the question of how to win,
And in life just what to do.
I think of Shembechler and ask,
“Hey, what would Bo do?"
by Steve Strinko - 1974 MVP
so, one of the most useful times for the mini-program is at whatever this things is that happens in the spring. let me know if there are any changes to be made. the 2 deep roster comes from Touch the Banner. so, here you go:
Michigan offered Indianapolis (IN) Lawrence Central LB Darrin Kirkland, Jr. I'm starting this thread mainly because he seems to be a fairly likely candidate to commit to Michigan. He's been to Michigan a bunch of times and is one of four teams listed as "Warm" on 247, but the only one of the four that hadn't offered yet. He's a 247 Composite 4-star, the #6 ILB, and #201 overall. Josh Barajas's commitment to Penn State may have something to do with the offer going out at this point.
Michigan also offered Indianapolis (IN) Ben Davis LB Asmar Bilal, who visited Michigan with Kirkland recently. He's the 247 Composite #7 ILB and #224 overall, so just a notch below Kirkland.
77, 72, 41.
Those are our national offensive rankings the past 3 years. An average of 63rd. Duing those years, the team has had 3 winning seasons and a BCS bowl.
Who was in 64th place in 2011?
Florida State, with an anemic run game worse tha Michigans in 2013, at 112 ypg. They were propped up by a decent to excellent pass game at 278 ypg, just 30 more than 2013 Michigan.
That was not an aberrant case. They had been trending down, with the 34th and 23rd offense in 2010 and 2009 respectively.
In 2012, they instantly bounced up to 9th with 205 rushing yards per game.
This isn't an exact comparison, but a mighty leap can be made, and I am confident it will be.