It’s a bye week and I think this is timely for a few reasons.  First, last week Ira and I put down a ‘This Week In Michigan Football History’ from 1973 and it included a more than a subtle mention of the infamous 1973 Rose Bowl vote.   Next, WTKA is airing its annual salute to Ufer by broadcasting the ‘79 Michigan State game on Saturday.  Finally, and most importantly, my pal Dr. Sap sent me this clip.

Here we have Ufer chatting with legendary WJR morning voice J.P. McCarthy on what I assume is the Monday (11/26/73) after the infamous vote by the Big Ten athletic directors following Michigan and Ohio State’s epic 10-10 tie.

The 6-4 vote sent Woody and the Buckeyes to Pasadena and Ufer wants names:


Here’s the breakdown:

* Don Canham (Michigan)
* Bump Elliott (Iowa)
* Bill Orwig (Indiana – former Michigan hoops and football player and assistant coach).
* Paul Giel (Minnesota – said he voted for Michigan).

* Ed Weaver (Ohio)
* Cecil Coleman (Illinois)
* Tippy Dye (Northwestern)
* George King (Purdue)
* Elroy Hirsch (Wisconsin – played for Michigan via the V12 program from 1943-44)
* Bert Smith (Michigan State – U-M graduate)

Thanks to Dr. Sap for pulling this out of the archives.


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  2. Another Burt Smith faux pas was building Munn Arena too small. Not remembered as a great AD.