Michigan historian Dr. Sap and I have started a new podcast on the lore of Michigan football. The plan is to bounce around doing one season per episode, talking about the players, the games, that year's place in the pantheon of Michigan teams, and usually having one segment with a guest.
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1. The Recipe to Win
starts at 0:40
Coming off a disaster of an end to 1979 and major changes on the roster and coaching staff, the 1980 team started off with two nonconference losses and ended as Rose Bowl champs. We talk about how stodgy old Bo learned to adapt to the strange new landscape of modern football, extending his magnificent career into a very different decade than the one he'd just dominated.
2. Interview with 1980 Team Captain Andy Cannavino
starts at 33:33
Andy tells how the locker room problems hit their worst point in the 1980 preseason, when five players were kicked off the team for marijuana and John Wangler was knocked out by Lawrence Taylor. How do you come back from that? Well, grousing about practicing too hard didn't do the trick, but hollering at Andy Cannavino appeared to.
3. 1980 in Context
starts at 57:27
Team MVP, most important moment, etc., but mostly this segment talks about what kind of team 1980 was and how it compares to 2018 and some of the other seasons that began on a down note but accomplished far more than they thought possible.
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