chance of bowl: 13.6%
did attend U of M... he just didn't play baseball. He was enrolled as a freshmen when I also was a freshmen. He was actually friends with a kid in my hall. Funny thinking back at how I really had no idea who he was. What was his story anyway?
Do we say "UMer"? I thought it was a mildly insulting term. At any rate, I prefer "Wolverine."
I'm pretty sure that the other big suitor was Bama.
I must admit that I'm going by memory. Mostly from reading The Wolverine at that time (obviously several years ago). I'm not sure the Wikipedia article covers it very well though. Perhaps some Mgobloggers can help out here.
I knew about Owens' unbelievable, world-record day at Ferry Field in '35 (thx to the beautiful plaque there, http://mvictors.com/?p=7139), but I didn't know he was ready to come to U of M. Too bad for us.
If you go to Jesse Owens' official site (weirdly, his musuem seems to not be part of this), there's no mention of this "bidding" war w various job offers for his dad for Jesse's services. It just says, "Owens chose the Ohio State University, even though OSU could not offer a track scholarship at the time. He worked a number of jobs to support himself and his young wife, Ruth." http://www.jesseowens.com/about/
It's good to get confirmation, once again, that college recruiting has been dirty, in all sports, for basically 100 years.
I heard somewhere that Alcindor was going to go to Michigan out of high school but UCLA/Sam Gilbert offered him more money than Michigan and their boosters were offering him. Just goes to show that college basketball recruiting has been dirty dirty dirty for a long time.
i've never heard that story. dammit. could've been a couple of titles there - with cazzie and/or rudy t.
it's no big secret that ucla was dirty. john wooden kind of reminds me of bobby bowden. despite the dirtiness of the program, you gotta like those two guys.