I played four varsity years in high school and it is one if the best sports.
What Sports Would You Like to see Michigan Add?
It wasn't offered for guys at my HS, but that was the sport EVERYONE looked forward to playing in gym class, and we had the different class periods play each other in a HUGE/insanely intense tournament every semester. I wish they did offer it, because that shit was a lot of fun.
I'd like to see Men's Volleyball. That's probably the only one that would interest me though. Michigan could even be very competitive in volleyball - they'd be able to snipe a lot of top recruits from the UC's and Stanford, similar to what they do w/ women's water polo, and they'd dominate East Coast recruiting.
But that'll never happen.
Michigan won't add any more sports in any forseeable future.
Additionally Michigan would have rivals in Ohio State and Penn State, both of whom have won a National Championship in recent years.
Yep. Certainly, we'd be competing with OSU and PSU for top recruits in the East/Mid-West, but I think we could be competitive with them very very quickly.
Ultimate Frisbee bro....ULTIMATE
one of the coolest sports to play... no doubt
It's the perfect sport for our egos.
but I mean REAL Water Polo like with players riding dolphins or muskellunge.
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Also Ice Dancing...I believe we are the best in the world at that.
Yes!!! When I was a student at UM, the closest whirlyball was in Toledo. We'd make the journey there to play and them eat at Tony Packo's. Fantastic game, er sport.
What the hell?! I live close to Toledo and now the closest whirlyball is in Ann Arbor!
My daughter is a fencer, so I've got a bit more interest than many, I'll admit.
In part because my daughter is a fencer.
Her coach is an assistant at ND, and he's convinced Michigan could be a power in fencing if they made it varsity.
Ohio State was able to win the National Championship in Fencing last year, so I have no doubt Michigan would be able to win as well.
Michigan did win the club national championship this year.
Your daughter is a fencer?
That was a funny comment. It made me laugh, I admit. In part because it was a funny comment.
From the Department of Redundancy Department.
Agree, Fencing and Men’s Volleyball. Both could easily become UofM strengths. Volleyball they could clean up on eastern recruits, and Fencing there is already a strong draw to the state because of the programs built at Wayne State and Detroit area.
ohio is one of the largest universities in the country. I really don't care if they have three extra sports. If we have football they can continue to accept anyone who can spell their own name. Let them eat cake.
Heard its on the rise
I still have nightmares about that movie. Worst ever.
How many NCAA sports are there total?
Women's bowling and co-ed fencing sound good to me!
Do NCAA rules mandate playing for keeps?
That would be a difficult sport to enter. Recruiting is dominated by Alaska-Fairbanks and West Virginia, as those schools have won 25 of the 34 championships. However, I am sure with a good, well-known and well-respected coach that Michigan could emerge as a powerhouse.
I am sure Michigan could field a good team, but think of the people from Alaska and West Virginia. They are even better. Kentucky, TCU, and the military academies are all very good as well. Actually I am surprised the military academies do not fare better.
much further up the thread. That's as good of an option as any, but I'd love to see a womens hockey team for a few reasons, one of which is getting a structure up named for Berenson, and secondly growth in hockey is a good thing for hockey fans. Even if they don't watch or like the womens game, another D1 program would be good for the sport as a whole, IMO.
I was only half-serious about sand volleyball, but Nebraska has started a team, so why not Michigan? I'm sure Dave Brandon can find room somewhere on the athletic campus to squeeze in an indoor sand volleyball arena.
For those who don't know, sand volleyball is one of the NCAA's "emerging sports for women," along with rugby and equestrian, as explained here.
Uhh.... why is it necessary for any school to add women's rugby? How many high school girl rugby players are in the United States? Wouldn't you pretty much get a scholarship just by signing up? The more sports the better for the NCAA apparently... Why SHOULD Michigan add another sport should be the real question. To win some fanciful "Cup" no one really cares about?
Quidditch. But only if M Engineering can devise real flying brooms and balls. None of this "pretending" b.s.
Also, why is there no men's bowling?
Would help us ads to our Oylimpic medals total.
No drinking thread? Yikes. What's happening to us?
Sorry, I'm not of age.
Are you by chance Danish? Kiwi? Filipino?
Drinking... and bare knuckle boxing
KY jelly wrestling
We have a winner!
Men's volleyball and I guess some women's game. As much as I love bowling, and I participated in the club, I just don't see that being realistic at this point
Michigan could be extremely succesful in Bowling recruiting, however, Bowling is only one division, so many of the teams are very small. If Michigan added a team, its prescence would be felt immediately and could provide easy Directors' Cup points.
played by Freshmen and sophomores, 6 games all in the Big Ten.
The art of fighting, without fighting.
I heard that we were adding womens hockey.
There are various rumors circulating about that, but they have never been confirmed. Women's hockey would be the next most logical sport. Michigan, and the midwest, is rich with hockey talent, and Michigan fans would support a womens team. Michigan women's hockey would have Big Ten Rivals in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio State, and Penn State. Supposedly, and please note I am saying supposedly, Red is opposed to the idea, but that has never been confirmed. The real indication will be in Women's Hockey is added shortly after Red leaves.
I'd be against it as the mens head coach as well. Red would go from having Yost at his disposal to sharing it, which is a big deal without another sheet of ice on campus.
I completely understand why Red would not share. What I have read is a big obstacle with Women's Hockey is that they would likely build or buy another ice rink for the women, since sharing an ice rink would be a logistical nightmare. Ohio State, North Dakota, Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth, and Wisconsin, to name a few, all have smaller, yet separate, rinks for their womens teams.
or put something down State Street with a sheet of ice with just enough seats to allow the women to play there occasionally and maybe even get rented out hosting some other games in addition to being a practice facility. Is there any room on the athletic campus to add another full blown (albeit small) stadium? Attendance would be absolutely awful if they had to play out by tennis/the new track facility.
Unfortunately, there is not much space. Michigan would have to build a stadium away from the other athletic facilities, or they might consider renting out someplace when there is a conflict with the Men's team. Here is a link to a thread with much more knowledgeable people on USCHO. http://board.uscho.com/showthread.php?102034-More-about-expansion-for-women-s-hockey/page3
All of them.
Here are the conferences they'd most likely join if they added any of the NCAA sports mentioned-
Men's & Women's Fencing-
Midwest Fencing Conference (conference has club and NCAA teams in it. * indicates club)- Bowling Green*, Case Western Reserve*, Chicago*, Cleveland State, Detroit, Illinois*, Indiana*, Iowa*, Lawrence, Michigan*, Michigan State*, Minnesota*, Northwestern*, Notre Dame, Oakland*, Ohio, Purdue*, Wayne State (MI), Wisconsin*, Xavier*
Western Collegiate Hockey Association- Bemidji State, Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota State, North Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin
Men's & Women's Rifle
Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference (conference has club and NCAA teams in it. * indicates club)- Akron, Grand Valley State*, Michigan*, Michigan State*, Michigan Tech, Morehead State, Ohio, Purdue*, Rose-Hulman
Men's & Women's Skiing
Central Collegiate Ski Association- Alaska-Fairbanks, Gogebic C.C., Gustavus Adolphus, Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan, St. Cloud State, St. Olaf, UW-Green Bay
Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association- Ball State, Grand Canyon, IPFW, Lewis, Lindenwood, Loyola-Chicago, Ohio, Quincy
Men's Water Polo
Collegiate Water Polo Association- Brown, Bucknell, Connecticut College, Fordham, Gannon, George Washington, Harvard, Iona, Johns Hopkins, Mercyhurst, MIT, Navy, Penn State-Behrend, Princeton, Queens, St. Francis, Salem International, Washington & Jefferson
That would be a solid voleyball conference. I believe Lewis is consistently a power, Loyola-Chicago made the final four this year.
WolverineDevotee mentioned that this was happening per his athletic department contact, but this did not happen
Who is going to pay for additional sports within Michigan's self-supporting athletic department? Do you think that we can, uh, raise the prices and PSD levels for football and basketball?
For everybody who supplied non-serious answers: Nice job.
You can kinda be an arrogant douche (which is saying a lot on a board full of M alums). Nobody is saying we should add a team. People are conjecturing/proposing wishes for what a hypothetical next team would be.
Look at my post. I said I'd like to see Men's volleyball. One sentence later I said it would never happen. I thought the reason was obvious, but I'll spell it out. It'll never happen because it's too expensive and we all realize that, believe it or not.
...the silly, day-dreamy issue is "What oddball sport would you like to see the University of Michigan indulge in?"
Meanwhile, the serious ongoing issue in Michigan athletics is rapidly rising costs and expenses for the University's athletic patrons.
I have no idea what point you're trying to make. But thanks anyway?
If you don't like paying your bajillion dollars for your precious section 1 seat, then don't. It's a free country. I agree that the costs are getting ridiculous, but nobody is forcing you to contribute to the demand.
Also, while I'm not recommending adding more sports, I would argue that pointing the finger at ridiculous coaching salaries should be the focus of cost cutting. Not eliminating scholarship opportunities for student-athletes.
Title IX is the biggest bugaboo driving Athletic Department costs. Football and basketball make tons of money. Then the federal government tells us how much we have to spend on womens sports. And thereby add to the pressure for football and basketball to make more money.
If you have a proposal on how to cap coaching salaries, I am ready to listen. Wouldn't bother me in the slightest. We cap the number of coaches. Why not salaries? But generally, the marketplace works better to regulate such things. Are there any salary caps at the Business School?
Also, while I'm not recommending adding more sports,
Good. I'm not either. We agree.
We're getting off-topic, but getting somewhere.
Title IX is the reason Michigan will not add another sport, likely for a very, very long time, if ever. I didn't really want to bring it up but you're right, it is the reason. And there are legitimate arguments that Title IX has served its purpose and is outdated.
I have no coaching salary proposals other than putting pressure on institutions that winning at all costs is not what the we, as consumers, want. We put pressure on them by voicing our concerns and donating our time and money elsewhere.
Once I get to a point when I can afford to donate money to UM on a regular basis, it will be to the general scholarship fund. And while it is laudable that the UM AD is self-sufficient, perhaps we need to consider that the cost of self-sufficiency is ridiculous ticket prices for football. Is it worth it? That's an individual decision. The market right now says people will pay. And with people like DB in charge - for better or worse he will take advantage of that situation.
We should add underwater basketweaving. The sport is just heating up and all the talent over the past 5 years has come from the midwest!
Water basket weaving.
Now that we have lacrosse as a varsity sport, we need other rich people sports. I'd start with polo, horseback racing, and dressage. Michigan needs a huge stable tended by MSU grads.
about a Michigan fishing team.
I like the following official sports:
- Men's Volleyball
- Men's & Women's Fencing
- Women's Ice Hockey
I agree with the following other suggestions:
- Curling. (sure to be a fan fav.)
Here are a few more possibilities
- Roller Derby (go rent a great Ellen Page movie: Whip It.)
- Cricket (there actually are several leagues near my home.)
- Badminton (this is offered at our local high school.)
Any new sports. But I would have the most interest in Mens Volleyball and Womens Ice Hockey. Mens volleyball is so intense, and I love me some hockey. Also, Curling would be so awesome. One of my favorites to watch in the Winter Olympics.
I would favor Men's Water Polo and Volleyball, regular, but with a beach option when available. For Women, let give them a chance at Ice Hockey and I would love to see both men women get a chance to have skiing and fencing as varsity sports. I would also like Men's Crew (Rowing) be added as a varsity sport. They have the boathouse, shells, but they will never attract real talent without being a varsity sport. The men's crew rows Princeton every year, and if they ever want a real chance at winning, they need to be varsity. If you look at the Big Ten, Crew has been growing markedly over the last fifteen years, and it will solidify a connection to the east coast sports. I will take all the jeering you guys want to give. Just line and just try a Concept2 ergometer, and see what aerobic workouts can give you.
There will be a natural tendency for people to try to the Boston Marathon, especially after this year's tragedy. We cannot give into terrorism. However, there is a hidden beauty of the Charles River in the fall at the Head of the Charles. Maybe white man can't jump, but he can row!
Men's Water Polo
Rugby for sure, awesome sport to watch and play
When will man learn that all races are equally inferior to robots?
Baseketball and/or Muy Thai.
....by Mad Magazine, but I think we have the innovative spirit at Michigan to make a go of it.
Here is a link to the original explanation of the game (LINK) - anything that starts with someone shouting "Mi Tio es infermo, pero la carretera es verde!" has to be a winner.
Failing that, of those listed, I would say Men's Volleyball - it's an exciting game.
They have an excellent team most years and have sent rowers to the Olympics.
If they had varsity men's crew (perennially top-15 and sometimes national championship contenders) with a good coach. Because even some of the best programs nationwide rely on walkons, a good coach and decent recruiting would put a Michigan in great position nationally.
It's gotta be beanbag toss. I hear it's going to be in the Olympics soon.
I was the king of teatherball during recess back in my day.
I have pictures:
(that's me, on the left)
It could also be added as a Women's sport:
...sure to become a revenue sport!
We could even go with equestrian teatherball, so as to make better use of the stables
...once Polo is added.
Deathball would be great! Like me, Bender!
Hello? How did BROOMBALL not get mentioned yet?
to Water Polo...the women have a team, I think the men should too. UM has such a strong swimming team, there is sometimes guys who are good swimmers but get burned out and want a change of pace. Some great players come from the swimming ranks.
I'm also a fan of Rugby...esp at the college level. When I was at Air Force...lkoiioidmosm years ago, AFA were national champs two years in a row. Very fun to get into, and there's lots of drinking afterwards.
Women's hockey would be fantastic, but we really would need another sheet of ice, perhaps two. They could easily build that on North Campus though, and rent it out when not in use. Even with all the sheets in town there is still a shortage.
This thread may be fully played out and dead, but there is an interesting update related to the question. There are now 40 colleges playing women's sand volleyball as a varsity sport. That is the magic number to qualify it for an NCAA sponsored championship tournament. The sport has been growing quickly over the last two years. The NCAA requires two years of at least 40 colleges playing to have an NCAA championship so 2016 should have an NCAA champtionship tournament instead of the AVCA sponsored championship tournament that occurs now. Given that Nebraska has a sand team and more top level recruits are opting to go to schools that have both indoor and sand volleyball, I think it is just a matter of time before UM jumps in.