In the spring of 1948, after leading the Michigan football team to a 10-0 record and its ninth National Championship, Fritz Crisler announced his retirement as head coach.
Many wondered what the future of the program would look like without him. After all, he’d been the coach for a decade.
But Crisler had no doubts about the Wolverines’ fate. Since he continued to serve as the school’s athletic director, he got to pick the new head coach. And without hesitation, on the night of his own retirement, Crisler selected then-assistant coach Benjamin “Bennie” Oosterbaan.
The Wolverines sat in 13th place — out of the 14-team field — after Monday’s opening play and slipped into dead last on Tuesday with a total score of 918. Oklahoma State shot 91 strokes better to win the event.