Especially after the University’s announcement that the athletic department ended its contract with Faehn on Sunday night, barely four days after her hire, all I could think about were scandalous situations that seemed to mar a history of success.
Right now, the conversation seems to be based around whether hiring Faehn was right or wrong — for me, that discussion seems to miss a broader point.
This is not where Shea Patterson expected him and his team to be. The junior quarterback is happy he gets to play football longer than the majority of other teams, sure, but Atlanta is not where he thought he’d be playing.
The era of football, the rulebook, the two teams playing — none of that matters. An average of 1.6 points per game is not a good stat.
And yet, that’s all the teams that faced Michigan’s defense in 1932 averaged. Under coach Harry Kipke and assistant Clifford Keen, the Wolverines established a stalwart defense that steamrolled six different teams for shutouts and enabled their offense to outscore opponents, 123-12, through the season.
In Fielding Yost’s first year as head coach of the Michigan football team, he did a few things — went undefeated with a 11-0 record, outscored his opponents, 550-0, and turned a fifth-place team around to become Rose Bowl and national champions for the first time ever.
Just to name a few.
The 1901 season for the Wolverines demonstrated a massive shift in success. That year, Yost spurred an intensity in the offense that equipped the Wolverines with the ability to remain undefeated for four seasons, notching 40 straight wins for four national titles in a row.