Sure, it wasn’t the national championship, a Rose Bowl championship or a Big Ten championship, but for one day, it seemed like none of that mattered. Friday wasn’t the day to minimize Michigan’s feats.
The Gators welcomed new coach Jim McElwain to Gainesville last December after a subpar season in 2014. They started hot at 6-0, reviving the fan base. And they ended the regular season with a blowout 27-2 loss to rival Florida State.
Michigan fans gathered at the Orlando Eye on Thursday for a pep rally featuring the Michigan Marching Band, cheerleaders, and speeches from Lloyd Carr, Jack Harbaugh, Jon Jansen, Jim Brandstatter and Dan Dierdorf.
When Doug Nussmeier was ousted from Michigan after a 5-7 season last year, he got a fresh start in Gainesville, Florida, and in his return to the South, the Gators are 10-3 heading into the Citrus Bowl.
Anlauf initially decided to become a preferred walk-on wide receiver with the Michigan football team, but circumstances eventually allowed Anlauf, now preparing for the final game of his college football career, another foray into basketball.