This has been a very tough week for sports fans and for the people of our country and the world. But pause and take a second to realize that as much as it hurts the huge Michigan Wolverines fans like you and I to see the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament and all of the other winter and spring athletic activities, the athletes who work their tail off for nearly nothing in return are crushed even further.
The last time that some of these student-athletes will ever don the maize and blue is behind them, and all of their careers were cut too short. Locker rooms full of family and friendship will legitimately never be the same. This isn’t a professional sports league where a majority of the people on the team will be together again, playing on the court or field together.
Here are some of the reactions of your Michigan Wolverines players and coaches as their seasons and for some careers in Ann Arbor have come to an end:
Michigan point guard Zavier Simpson reminiscing on the times past:
Juwan Howard posted this on Instagram:
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Some things are bigger than basketball. This is a global situation and we need to make sure we follow the guidance and direction of the experts and health officials. While we are disappointed at not being able to play this event — especially for Zavier and Jon, we need to stay bonded together during this time. We want everyone to stay safe and take precautions to protect yourselves and loved ones. We are a Michigan family ... forever.
Brandon Johns. Jr spoke to the family that was the 2019-20 Michigan Wolverines basketball team:
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Man...it’s crazy how fast a season can end and would’ve been great to end it on the court with my brothers. I love my team and we’ve been so connected through the ups and downs of this season. No matter what was said about us or what has happened. Brothers for life and I know these guys got my back and I know I got theirs. Love y’all man❤️ thank you X and Jon. For showing me what leaders are all about and giving me guidance along the way of this year and last year. We all made so many memories and will last a lifetime. Thank you for all of the lessons and fun times. I wish y’all the best with whatever you all decide to do and y’all will have my support through thick and thin. FAMILY!! ❤️
Jordan Nwogu, Outfielder for the Michigan baseball team didn’t tweet anything himself, but did retweet another ball player from Tennessee who said:
Here is the touching response from the whole Michigan Baseball team:
The game of baseball prepares us for many things, but not this.— Michigan Baseball (@umichbaseball) March 13, 2020
To all of #Team154 who put in their blood, sweat, and tears for the eight letters across the chest, we thank you.
To those who have played their final game in the Maize and Blue, we love you.
Forever, Go Blue pic.twitter.com/OLNert9zv7
Polina Shchennikova of the Women’s Gymnastics team:
Though this isn’t the way we imagined this year would end, I would like to say a huge thank you to @UMichWGym for giving me a loving home and an even better family. I am honored to have competed for this university and coached such amazing athletes! A unique four years for sure!— Polina Shchennikova (@polinashch) March 12, 2020
A comment from the Men’s team:
Sophomore Goalie Strauss Mann on the abrupt ending of his sophomore season:
Hard to describe what it’s like not being able to pour our everything into a final run...we had something special. To the best group of seniors- you’ve left a legacy more impactful than a trophy. You’ve taught us what it means to be a true Michigan man #forevergoblue pic.twitter.com/ckzPn9Xz2V— Strauss Mann (@Goaliemann31) March 12, 2020
Those who stay will be champions:
So proud of Andrew Liskowitz, Manning Plater & the DMR squad of Alice Hill, Chloe Foster, Aurora Rynda and Meg Darmofal for qualifying for the NCAA Championships.— Michigan Track & Field / Cross Country (@UMichTrack) March 12, 2020
Though we're sad they won't get the chance to prove it this weekend, they'll always be champions to us.#GoBlue https://t.co/gJoPeVhGJB
Michigan Men’s Tennis had a simple but strong statement:
The Women’s Tennis team shared a heartbreaking message:
Here is the response from the Women’s Water Polo team:
Thank you to all the seniors on the every team whose seasons were cut short due to this tragedy.
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