In an animated Crisler Center, Wojcik stole the show with a meet-high 39.325, aiding the No. 8 Michigan women’s gymnastics team to a 195.975-194.050 conference and home-opening victory over Michigan State.
Before there was the fierce rivalry with Ohio State, the Michigan football team had a different November showdown marked on its schedule. As the 19th century came to a close, the Wolverines’ main competitor was the University of Chicago, and the two football powerhouses battled in the most highly-anticipated game every season.
This annual “Chicago” game commenced in 1892 — the year the Maroons fielded their first football team under leadership of coach Amos Alonzo Stagg — often taking place on Thanksgiving Day and often with the Western Conference Championship on the line.
In the week leading up to the Michigan hockey team’s NCAA Regional in Worcester, Mass., Mel Pearson has three words to describe the atmosphere in the locker room.
“Light, energetic, excited.”
For the majority of the team, any pre-tournament jitters are a first.
With one of the youngest teams in collegiate hockey, well over half of the Wolverines weren’t present when Michigan made its most recent NCAA Tournament run two seasons ago. For most of the team, it’s their first taste of the postseason, their first chance to claim a national title.