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?
...live on Jeter's Hall, or was a kid in your Hall just friends with Jeter? Because I knew Jeter's roommate. He lived in the same floor/hall as us, and then Jeter moved in the next year.
I was in Markley, 5th Van Tyne.
I'm guessing he was either in South or West Quad.
On a related note, I did run into Jeter (sort of) in Ann Arbor after he was well into his MLB career. I graduated in 1997 but lived in Ann Arbor through 1999. My roomates were ex U of M baseball players. The evening after the 1999 OSU game, we ended up at Rick's. Jeter was there, as was Chuck Knoblauch. Rich Eisen was there. Some of the U of M basketball players were also there, including then freshman Peter Vignier.
Some of the guys that I was with knew him from back in the day. Jeter was trying to get Rick's to let them have a private party after hours, which I would have been invited, but Rick's didn't allow it. Bastards!
I didn't end up actually talking to Jeter that night. People were all over him and I felt kind of funny making such a big deal over someone who was an ex school mate. Besides, he was a little more interested in his female fans.
I did talk to Eisen briefly........ I remember putting my arm around him in a drunken stuper and mumbling something like, " I wonder how these basketball players got in here." I'm sure he was impressed.
Jeter lived in Couzens Hall. If you call barely a semester living there. I want to say 5th floor (God damn...I can't remember what floor I lived on...).
And small world...I was at Rick's that night too. I never really liked it that much, but friends were in town, so between that and all the celeb, it stood out. Don't remember Rich, but I believe you. None of us got the courage to see if Jeter would remember us. (And to think back, how much was he slumming with the tail he was getting considering the incomparable list he's had since). But then, at that time, Tom Brady was living in the apartment below me, so i've never been awestruck around athletes.
Heh...I remember being in school, and my best friend had a friend from his hometown visiting, who went to another school, and as we were walking down South U. Webber and Rose passed by going the other way. The out of towner was freaking out, but we were like "what's the big deal...? They're only freshmen...". ;-)
But he didn't have an entourage with him so he was pretty low key.
I came across Juwan Howard on a few occasions. The first was waiting in line to CRISP in the basement of Angell Hall. Remember having to go through that? I had been in line for 45 minutes or so and he walked by all of us to the front of the line.
I will admit that I was in awe once when running across an athlete. I did see Derrick Alexander walking into an apartment complex when I was a freshman. I ended up looking out for him every time I walked past that building that year.
I wonder if current students could even wrap their head around the concept of CRISP.
But didn't this thread happen like a month ago? Come on now.
He's got a rocket for an arm.
Hockey - Eric Lindros
Kobe was strongly considering Michigan.
Good one - I didn't remember us being quite so high up. It looks like we were definitely on his list, but it would have been a Terrelle Pryor situation (not that he's as good as Kobe/Kareem - just a mega-profile recruit) where we would have come in 2nd or 3rd (along with N Carolina) to another school - in this case Duke.
KING: Do you think there's anything you missed in making the jump? You would have gone to Duke, right?
BRYANT: Yes. Yes. I'd have been a Blue Devil.
(found through Wikipedia link - thanks Wikipedia!)
He obviously didn't end up coming here, as he decided to stick it out and "pretend UCLA was a job."
Uh-huh, and Sam Gilbert paid him well for his services I'm sure.
Reggie Bush... (yikes!).
Joe Paterno.. (as head football coach).
apparently Tim Tebow (http://recruiting.scout.com/a.z?s=73&p=8&c=1&nid=1735241)
Matt Stafford (http://recruiting.scout.com/a.z?s=73&p=8&c=1&nid=1528897)
Chris Bosh (http://scouthoops.scout.com/a.z?s=75&p=8&c=1&nid=10823) whihc i think makes sense because I beileive him and Daniel Horton were good friends.
I was trying to think, and of course that meant I couldn't.
As I recall, it was down to Michigan and Florida. I remember thinking at the time that if Meyer were Michigan's coach, Tebow would have chosen the UofM.
Meyer could also be put on this list as a coach. It seems Urban asked Lloyd for a job as an assistant and was turned down.
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.
According to the magic of Google cache of his Scouts' profile, Tebow chose Florida over USC, Michigan, Florida State, and Miami (just Google, Tim Tebow recruiting).
Alabama was in the mix, http://blog.al.com/ray-melick/2009/10/melick_alabamas_greg_mcelroy_h.html , but not sure how close they (or we) came.
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.
Do we say "UMer"? I thought it was a mildly insulting term. At any rate, I prefer "Wolverine."
Even though he went to that other school, that's one athlete/person that has my respect and I wouldn't mind my son emulating.
I saw an interview one time where Spielman had said that he preferred UM to OSU however his dad said that he would disown him if he went to Michigan, and you know the rest.
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.
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.
i've never heard that story. dammit. could've been a couple of titles there - with cazzie and/or rudy t.
KOBE had us in his final and KG would have one year under his belt... oh my god.
EASILY the best almost UM-er
Many moons ago I read that Wilt Chamberlain said that he almost came to Michigan. Then there was Lew Alcindor. Rudy T . Campy, Rickey and Phil, Rice and Rumeal, deleted era. Johnny Orr and Dave Strack were very good coaches. We could have several more titles. Bill Frieder should have had some, not even including the one we have. Second round exits every year. After M destroyed IU in final game with Tarpley, Brett Mus said cancel the tournament.