Athletics

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Willis Ward: More than the game

    When Fielding Yost infamously benched Michigan’s best player during one football game in 1934, he set in motion a one-dimensional narrative about the athlete. Now a digital exhibit at the Bentley explores Willis Ward’s expansive and complicated legacy.

  7. First-year medical student wins gold at Paralympics

    Sam Grewe recently won his first gold medal at the Paralympics in Tokyo. He competed in the men’s T63 high jump shortly after starting his path forward as an aspiring physician.

  8. Michigan Marching Band’s illuminated 9/11 tribute wows fans at Michigan Stadium

    The emotional performance included lasers, glowing orbs, high-powered flashlights, and more, as performers created memorable formations of the World Trade Center’s twin towers, an outline of the United States, and an American Flag.

  9. See half a century of U-M football

    College football fans now can view 420 Michigan games played between 1930-86. Originally recorded as team film, the Bentley Library annotated the silent footage to showcase specific action, including halftime shows.