Bump Elliott, an influential figure in Michigan Wolverines football history, passed away at the age of 94. The University of Iowa, where Elliott served as athletic director for 21 years, made the announcement on Sunday.
Elliott was the Big Ten MVP in 1947 as a tailback at Michigan and was the team’s head coach for ten seasons from 1959 to 1968 in an era that preceded Bo Schembechler’s run at Michigan. Elliott won a Rose Bowl at Michigan in 1964.
On of the classiest and finest men I’ve had the pleasure to know...the great Bump Elliott passed away this morning. He recruited me to Michigan, I owe him so much. RIP Bump. Here’s a pic from Iowa 3 years ago with Bump, Dan Dierdorf, me and with Jon Jansen pic.twitter.com/aZGu4AkDfw— Jim Brandstatter (@jimbrandstatter) December 8, 2019
“Bump Elliott was one of the great gentlemen in the history of the game. He was one of the legendary players that represented the U of M as a player and coach. He was a beloved figure who was admired and respected by all who knew him,” former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said via a statement.
No cause of death was given at the time of the announcement. Our thoughts are with the Elliott family after news of his passing.