Michigan Athletics celebrates Black athletes, alumni, and staff
Learn about the Black trailblazers, national award winners, and All-Americans who’ve represented the Block M over the years. Plus: Enjoy ‘Our Voices,’ a video and graphic series that highlights Black women.
Brain health, concussions and sports: Is there a long-term connection?
The Michigan Alumni Brain Health Study will compare cognitive, mood, sleep, pain, and functional outcomes to examine whether sport participation and concussions are associated with later-life brain health in former U-M athletes and nonathletes.
Michigan Announces LEARFIELD Allied NIL Initiative for Brands
The University of Michigan and Michigan Sports Properties have announced they will incorporate LEARFIELD Allied, a first-of-its-kind initiative enabling brands to partner with universities and student-athletes to create co-branding opportunities around name, image, and likeness (NIL).
Excerpt: The Greatest Comeback
In 1972, the Cold War spilled onto the ice when hockey teams from Canada and Russia faced off in ‘The Summit Series.’ For his new book about the legendary matchup, John U. Bacon, BA ‘86/MA ’94, talked to most of the living players, including former U-M coach Red Berenson, BBA ’62/MBA ’66.
The star who skipped every class
Just after the 1909 football season, ‘The New York Times’ broke news of a scandal in Ann Arbor: Wolverine James Joy Miller, Fielding Yost’s star halfback and captain-elect, had neglected to enroll at Michigan. ‘The whole university is sick about the business,’ the paper reported.
Meet the man who has everything
Words cannot express Art Vuolo Jr.’s passion for the Michigan Wolverines, but his massive archive speaks for itself. This is Vuolo’s 43rd season recording every aspect of the home game-day experience, from untelevised half-time shows to behind-the-scenes moments.
Soccer in Motown: ‘Passion for our city, passion for the game’
Michigan alumnus Alex Wright is a co-founder of Detroit City FC, a minor-league soccer team that strives to satisfy the demand for soccer in downtown Detroit, represent the city in a positive light, and build community.
King of stats
Neural engineer and basketball fan André Snellings, PhD ’07, always enjoyed fantasy sports, writing the ‘Hoops Lab’ blog and applying mathematical models to athletics. When ESPN recruited him to play for their analytics team, he jumped at the career longshot.
Wolverines win Big Ten Championship
Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines won the 2021 Big Ten Championship Dec. 4, ending a 16-year drought. Michigan football marked a decisive victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes, winning 42-3. The No. 2-ranked team will make its first-ever appearance in the College Football Playoff, facing No. 3 Georgia in the Capital One Orange Bowl Dec. 31.