There Are 90 Days to Michigan Football

Leon Halip

Waiting for the opening Saturday of college football is agonizing. All we want is 13 weeks of Brent Musberger "pardner" one-liners, the buzz of Michigan Stadium in late November, and jokes about the Bowl Championship Series. Fear not, bleary-eyed traveler. This is a continuing series intended to get through the long, hot summer and back to the glory of football season.

Chalmers "Bump" Elliott was Michigan's wedge coach -- placed between Bo Schembechler and Bennie Oosterbaan. Whereas most coaches in similar positions usually don't endure much success, Elliott succeeded both as a player, coach, and administrator. Leaving Schembechler 11 All-Americans but only one conference title, Elliott was part of Michigan's 1947 national title, and earned the admiration of his successors as coach. Team 90 closed out his career with a winning record and the foundation from which Schembechler built modern Michigan.

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