Michigan after the Death of Legends

Submitted by Brady2Terrell on November 22nd, 2008 at 8:57 AM

A Michigan football historical parallel I found interesting:

Fielding H. Yost died in 1946. The 1947 Michigan team won a New Year's Day bowl. After 1947, Fritz Crisler handed the reigns to 42-year-old Benny Oosterbaan, who Crisler described as "the best offensive mind in college football." Oosterbaan proceeded to thumb his nose at Michigan tradition by retiring Ron Kramer's #87 while he was still on the team. While Crisler had never had a season worse than 7-3 or finished worse than tied for 4th in the Big Ten, Oosterbaan had two losing seasons in his 11 years at the helm, as well as 6th and 8th place finishes to cap his tenure before handing off to Bump Elliott.

Glenn E. Schembechler died in 2006. The 2007 Michigan team won a New Year's Day bowl. After 2007, Lloyd Carr handed the reigns to 44-year-old Rich Rodriguez, who many described as "the best offensive mind in college football." Rodriguez proceeded to thumb his nose at Michigan tradition by ending the tradition of having season-long captains. While Carr had never had a season worse than 7-5 or finished worse than tied for 5th in the Big Ten, Rodriguez set the Michigan record for losses in his first season and then ...

Obviously the comparison is ridiculous (Oosterbaan did win a national title and 3 Big Ten titles; Crisler was the outside hire and Oosterbaan was a Michigan guy, whereas Lloyd was inside and RichRod was not), but here's hoping we're not heading for the 1950s and 1960s of Michigan Football (which included a span of 17 years with one Big Ten title from 1952-1968). I guess the bright side is that even if we are, history would indicate that this won't last forever, and that the next Bo is coming around...in 2028 or so?

First "Game" vs. Buckeyes:

Fielding H. Yost, 1901: W, 21-0
George Little, 1924: W, 16-6
Tad Wieman, 1927: W, 21-0
Harry Kipke, 1929: L, 0-7
Fritz Crisler, 1938: W, 18-0
Bennie Oosterbaan, 1948: W, 13-3
Bump Elliott, 1959: W, 23-14
Bo Schembechler, 1969: W, 24-12
Gary Moeller, 1990: W, 16-13
Lloyd Carr, 1995: W, 31-23
Rich Rodriguez, 2008: ________

Go Blue, Beat OSU!

Comments

chitownblue (not verified)

November 22nd, 2008 at 9:30 AM ^

"Rodriguez proceeded to thumb his nose at Michigan tradition by ending the story of the #1 jersey while it was endowed by a Michigan alum."

This didn't happen.

Brady2Terrell

November 22nd, 2008 at 10:12 AM ^

He ended the season-long captains streak. Regardless, take out the "tradition" sentence and there are still some striking parallels - I know losing Bo has affected me, hard to believe it doesn't affect something like a program even more.

JimBobTressel-0

November 22nd, 2008 at 5:20 PM ^

let's all COMPLETELY ignore RRod's track record at other schools with less talent against bigger odds and turn to superstition and chance to predict what will happen in the future! great idea!