The University of Michigan was formed in 1817 and is older than the state itself. Michigan, as a state, was admitted into the union on January 26, 1837. Originally called the University of Michigania, after the territory of Michigan, the University would buy property in Ann Arbor in 1837 and begin to settle on 40 acres. The University has grown since then now occupying over 700 acres and 580 buildings, fueling what is the center and some outskirts of downtown A2. The University of Michigan offers many first class undergraduate as well as graduate programs and has one of the finest health care systems in the United States.
Along with the world class academia world, the University of Michigan excels in athletics. UMich is home to the Wolverines so named because Michigan is the wolverine state as wolverines once roamed the land in abundance. Our University of Michigan is famed for their football squad as well as the stadium in which they play – The Big House. The Big House, just finished with renovations, seats 109, 901 thousand spectators and is the third largest stadium in the world! Big Blue is the most esteemed football program in the country. We have the most all time wins in college football history with 884, the best winning percentage at .735 and the most winning seasons with 112. We also own the record for the largest crowd at a NCAA game (113, 090), the most consecutive games over 100,00 in attendance (231 games) and the most televised team in college history (419 games). Before 2008, the Wolverines had not missed a bowl game in 33 years and posted a winning season for 40 straight years. We have 11 National Titles, 42 Conference Championships and 3 Heisman Trophy winners. Among our archives are legendary coaches. These include Fielding H. Yost, Fritz Crisler, Bennie Oosterbaan, Harry G Kipke, Bo Schembechler, Gary Moeller and Llyod Carr. Great and memorable players who have worn the Maize and Blue winged helmet include Anthony Carter, Brylon Edwards, Desmond Howard, Jim Harbaugh, Tyrone Wheatley, Dan Dierdorf, Tom Brady and many, many more.
The University of Michigan has also had success in several other sports. Among them are basketball and hockey. Our men’s basketball team has one National Championship in 1989 under its belt. We have appeared in the Finals four other times, the Final Four six times and have twelve Conference Championships, as well, as one Conference Tournament Championship. We have also won 3 NIT Championships, appearing in another but losing. **** We have had many great eras coaches and many great players wear the Michigan jersey. Glen Rice led us to our National Championship. The Fab Five quickly became a nation phenomena. This team included Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson. Although wrought with scandal, they still left an unforgettable mark in school history. Other school greats include Rudy Tomjanovich, Cazzie Russell, Phil Hubbard, Bill Buntin, Rumeal Robinson, Loy Vaught, and Terry Mills.
Our Wolverine Hockey Club has also had great success. We have won 9 National Titles, 25 Frozen Four appearances, 21 Conference Championships, and 9 Conference Tournament Championships. We have also had many great coaches and players hit the ice as a Wolverine. Red Berenson, the current coach, Marty Turco, Aaron Ward, John Madden, Brendan Morrison, Mike Comrie and Mike Knuble, just to name a few.
Whatever your sport, your sure to have had much to celebrate over Michigan’s glorious history. Michigan is pure bred. Champions attend the University of Michigan. If you take pride in UMich, then you are sure to have yelled “Go Blue” or “Hail to the Victors”!
(**** some statistics for the Michigan basketball program may be different due to the Ed Martin scandal).