I read about this plane crash near South Bend earlier, but they announced the names of the dead and injured today.
Sadly, one of the dead passengers was Steve Davis, star wishbone quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners 1975 team that played Michigan in the 1976 Orange Bowl. Davis also performed sideline reporting for ABC college football, including one with Bo Schembechler (don't remember the game) as the teams went in before half-time.
You can catch the full footage of the 1976 Orange Bowl on youtube, a game famous Michigan's all-white uniforms. Oklahoma won the game 14-6.
Condolences to Mr. Davis' family and OU. I'm sure a little No. 5 may be on the Sooners' helmets this fall.
Nebraska and Oklahoma have announced a home and home series for the 2021 and 2022 football seasons, renewing their rivalry. (LINK)
Now that teams are setting up games that far out, who would you like to see Michigan try and schedule a home and home for in the Big 12? We haven't really played too many teams from that conference in a long time. I personally would love to see us take on Texas in a home and home series, I've always wanted to travel to Austin. Any other ideas?
Most of you probably remember the story about Cooper Barton, the kindergartner in Oklahoma City who was forced to turn his Michigan t-shirt inside out. A story in yesterday's Daily Oklahoman provides some updated information including that Wolverines from around the country have sent letters and Michigan gear. The UM alumni association has even started a scholarship fund for Cooper and his brother. The family is also being flown out for Saturday's game, and they will be brought out to the field and introduced.
Nothing was cooler, though, than Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon calling to invite the family to Saturday's game vs. Massachusetts. The school is handling the all of the costs, including the flight, the rental car, the hotel and the tickets.
Of course, the Bartons, who will have a chance to visit family in Michigan that they don't often see, are getting special tickets — seats in the luxury suites.
Who knows what else is in store for them? What they do know is that at some point during the game, they will head onto the field where they will be introduced to 109,000 of their newest friends.
“I'm not sure what these guys are going to think of all those people screaming for ‘em,” Chris said, nodding toward Nathan and Cooper. “They're getting pretty excited. They've been talking about it for the past two weeks.”
Edit: When I posted this I didn't realize there was a related story linked under the mgo.licio.us section that the Oklahoma City School district has changed its policy, and now Cooper can wear Michigan gear to school.
While we all wait breathlessly for news of Alex Kozan's decision, ESPN has an interesting article about Presidential involvement in recruiting. The player in question is Joe Washington, a Texas kid who committed to play for Oklahoma in the early 1970s.
The irritating UM connection in the article is the choice of photo. Out of all the hundreds or thousands of images that are surely available of Washington in action for the Sooners, which game do you suppose they choose to get a pic from?
The Jan. 1, 1976 Orange Bowl against Michigan, won by OK 14-6. It's not even a particularly compelling action shot, either.