Ann Arbor.com's James David Dickson deserves massive credit for this article for Michigan Today about retired numbers in Michigan athletics.
Among the money points in this article:
- "former head football coach Lloyd Carr said he "was never under the impression" that it was in his power to retire a jersey."
- "One of athletic director Dave Brandon's priorities is setting a consistent standard for retiring jerseys at U-M."
- "Former head coach Lloyd Carr said that while it might be easier to simply avoid the controversy of retiring football jerseys, that wouldn't be the right thing. Carr is part of a preliminary and advisory committee Dave Brandon put together to explore the issue."
- "I'm not saying it should just be Heisman winners, because that eliminates certain positions," Carr said. "There's also a number of Schembechler players who should get a look, but I'm not going to publicly get into naming names."
- Only Cazzie Russell's #33 is retired by the basketball team, all of the others in the rafters are "honored" and can be issued again.
- Red, not big on retiring numbers because he only likes to issue numbers between 1-39.
The "backlog of Schembechler players who should get a look" has to include Anthony Carter, which would mean that both Michigan players who were three time all-America would be honored. Except, oh, wait, that's the #1 and that's a whole thing and a thing.
I hope they don't retire Desmond's 21, because I like seeing it out there.
If they do retire any numbers in hockey, it should be the #9 and it should be for both Red and Brendan Morrison, unless you wanted to retire "The Unit" for Red.