A quick look at the last time, I believe, Michigan donned the all white uniforms:  The 1976 Orange Bowl against eventual national champion Oklahoma:


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The band got into the white theme during halftime when they rolled out their tribute to a famous Great White Shark—Jaws:


Here’s the full release from media relations on the road whites:

Michigan Unveils Legacy Road Uniform for MSU Game

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Prior to kickoff of the Battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy, the University of Michigan football team unveiled a legacy uniform designed by apparel provider adidas.

“Our players really enjoyed the uniforms from the night game with Notre Dame so we decided to surprise them and the country with a new-look design for the Michigan State game,” said head coach Brady Hoke. “This is such a great in-state rivalry that we decided to honor the former players that played in this game.”

The legacy jersey is a compilation of design elements from different eras of Michigan football. It features player numbers on the front and back of the jersey with a block M above the heart and repeating striped sleeves. The shirts under the uniform have “Victors” on the left bicep and “Valiant” on the right bicep.

The white pants are a throwback to the 1974 and 1975 seasons when the program wore all white on the road. In addition, the Wolverines wore two-tone socks with blue on top (calf) and white on the bottom.

Player numbers continued to appear on the famous winged helmet that first appeared in the late 1960s. After wearing them on the helmets for the Notre Dame game, head coach Brady Hoke decided to continue the tradition before the start of the conference season to pay homage to the former players that represented the program in the past.

Michigan warmed up in its traditional road uniforms but returned for the start of the game in the new legacy uniforms.

Here’s the next entry in ‘This Week in Michigan Football History’ to be played Saturday on WTKA 1050AM’s Key Bank Countdown to Kick-off pregame show before tomorrow’s battle against the Badgers.

This time we look back to 1976, as Bo was set to face off with Woody Hayes in the 8th battle of their 10 Year War.   Here’s the audio and it’s deeply laced with the voice of the great Bob Ufer and I love it:

A  hat tip to the great WolverineHistorian who compiled this collection of clips with Bob Ufer calls overlaid.  Watching Rob Lytle fly out of the backfield and break off those big chunks of years is a quite a spectacle:

The sponsor of This Week…is Wolverine Beer so here’s where you can find it.

You can hear all of the  This Week… clips here.

eBay Watch is back, and starts with a program to the 1976 Navy game:


A selection of a few other Navy-Michigan programs from the U-M Bentley Library program database:


If you follow the eBay Watch series you’ll know that I rarely feature common items like tickets or programs.   But this week there’s good reason, as on Saturday from noon-3 WTKA 1050AM (and I assume WTKA.com) will be replaying the original Bob Ufer radio broadcast of the 1976 Navy game.  If you’re cleaning out the garage or mowing the lawn I suggest you tune in.


Old ‘Ufe practically wore out the scoring horn in this one, as #1 ranked Michigan put up 70 points on the Midshipmen, the most since 1905, and it’s a radio call to remember.   Incredibly Bo’s Wolverines actually trailed with just over a minute to go in the first half before taking the lead. 

In a span just over 5 minutes in the third quarter sophomore QB Ricky Leach accounted for four touchdowns, two on the ground and two in the air, and shortly thereafter Ufer nearly keeled over with excitement as he tended to do.  Based on the WTKA promos, after the 70th point Ufer likens the feat to "rolling into Berlin"!

1976 Leach Bo Stobartphoto credit: sorry not sure, from the Steve Sapardanis archives 

A few props are in order here.  First, Ira and crew at WTKA for continuing this tradition.  Next, my pal and M history buff Steve Sapardanis of Guts ‘n Glue for recommending they reair this game.  Finally, audio and video archivist Art Vuolo, Jr.,  [see his website Vuolo Video] for providing the audio of the Ufer call.

Note that this season was the 50th anniversary of the Navy-Michigan game held in Baltimore in 1926 which was covered in this episode of This Week in Michigan Football History a couple weeks back.  Yost was in his final season and he & the boys visited President Calvin Coolidge, the tomb of the Unknown Solider and battled Navy in Charm City.

You can bid on the auction of the 1976 program here, seller asking $14.99 or best offer.

* Where Ufer Laid Woody Hayes Away
* 1976 Orange Bowl Stub
* 1976 NCAA Finals Ticket Stub
* Another Rose Bowl ring auctioned


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12. September 2010 · Comments Off on This Week in Michigan Football History – September 11, 1976 · Categories: Archive 2009 · Tags: , , , , , , , ,

As part of WTKA 1050AM’s Key Bank Countdown to Kick-off pregame show, I’m taping a new segment this season called ‘This Week in Michigan Football History’ sponsored by Wolverine Beer.

Here’s Saturday’s version where we looked back to September 11, 1976 – the season opener against Wisconsin.  Ira had a few Bob Ufer calls from the game and we worked them in (I got chills), hope you like it:

Here’s where you can find Wolverine Beer, or check out the Beer Wench’s Blog (and yes, that’s a real thing).

I’ll be posting each of the This Week… clips here.