With Michigan just winning the B1G Championship, it brought to my mind of a project I was working on earlier in the year. I emailed Dave Brandon my new banner designs with me making points of why the banners at Crisler should be updated to fit in and have a fresh look with the new arena.
First off, with the University showing a commitment to Basketball with the beautiful new Crisler Center, the banners commemorating Michigan's championship teams should be freshened up. Dave Brandon is putting much emphasis on the Block M, so the current Block M should replace the current older-looking one that is on each banner at Crisler.
B1G Championship Banners: The new banners I have made include the current B1G logo replacing the banners with the previous logo that had the hidden 11 in it. It would make more sense for Michigan to raise a conference championship banner with the actual logo of the conference on it. The year on the banners feature the the full season instead of just the end year. For example: 1986 Big Ten Champions is replaced with 1985-86 Big Ten Champions. It gives more clarity and gives it a more complete look.
NCAA National Championship Banner: The banner I designed features the current NCAA logo in Maize and Blue, replacing the former NCAA logo.
NCAA Final Four Banners: Like the NCAA Championship banner, the banners feature the current logo of the NCAA replacing the old one.
NIT Champions Banners: I took the actual NIT lettering from the NIT logo and put it in Maize and Blue replacing the NIT lettering in generic font.
Elite Eight Banners: Michigan does not display any Elite Eight banners up in Crisler, therefore this is just to see how people feel about it. An Elite Eight appearance is nothing to look down upon since you are one of the Top-8 teams that season. I know what you're thinking but only the 1992 Final Four was vacated from the 1991-92 season, so the 1992 Elite Eight did still happened according to the NCAA.
Sweet Sixteen Banner: This may be a little too far, even I am not too crazy about this one but I am just putting this up to get some feedback. Instead of having multiple banners for the Sweet Sixteen appearances, I took a page out of the large banners at Yost with the Frozen Four years on them. The 1992 Sweet Sixteen appearance still exists officially.
Vacated Banners: This is a longshot but if Jalen Rose's wishes are fulfilled in restoring the banners taken down in 2002, here is what they would look like. I'm not going to comment on these.
Honored 5: People don't realize that not all of the banners honoring players at Crisler are retired. In fact, #33 is the only one that is retired. Colton currently wears #45 and McClimans wears #22. Modeled the number banners to resemble the current jerseys the team wears with the block M at the top just like the jerseys. Cazzie's banner is white to signify that his number is the only one retired of the Honored 5. I would have put his number on a Maize banner, but the Maize uniforms weren't around when he played.