Farewell to Dr. Tyran Steward, the history professor who is greatly responsible for the fact that Rashan Gary will be wearing a winged helmet this year. For the past couple years, Steward has been the Assistant Director of Football Operations and Player Engagement at U-M, working on connecting the players with the community. Per Facebook, he's taken a job writing and researching at Carleton College in Minnesota.
You know Dr. Tyran Steward as:
Rashan Gary's favorite professor, and the guy who helped bring him here. When Gary was being recruited, he met with Steward (who was then a history professor), and Gary's mom was so blown away that she wanted Rashan to enroll on the spot.
The professor who was one of the presenters during the first "Signing of the Stars." (And at the time, you were probably thinking, "Who is that guy and why did Harbaugh ask him to be here?" Now you know. Rashan Gary is why.)
As a historian, he's the world's foremost authority on Willis Ward, and he was interviewed prominently in the documentary "Black and Blue." Along with the guys who made "Black and Blue" Steward is greatly responsible for the Willis Ward story coming to the forefront after being buried for decades.
So best of luck at Carleton College, Dr. Steward. Thank you for telling the story of one great Wolverine (Willis Ward) and thank you for helping bring another great Wolverine to town. You will always be Professor Needs-a-Raise on this campus, good sir.