Monday, October 18, 2010

Michigan in Pictures

Saturday's Iowa Football win at Michigan was only the seventh time since 1900 the Hawkeyes won in Ann Arbor. Many Hawkeye fans were in attendance for this win on a beautiful Autumn afternoon in the Big House.

Departing two hours prior to the Hawkeyes arrival at Michigan Stadium, managers, trainers, cheerleaders, video personnel and the Hawkeye Radio team left the hotel in Romulus for the game. Play by play of Hawkeye Athletics is Gary Dolphin, who was getting in some last minute preparation on the bus for the four hour broadcast with Ed Podoolak.
Outside advertising is rare in the Big House. However fans can't go far without seeing the Michigan block "M" on anything. Whether is is on beverage coolers, concession stand signage, or on pastries (as seen here) that were served in the press box.
 Much controversy took place in the renovation of Michigan Stadium. Prior to the 2010 season, suites and luxury boxes were added making for a new look of the Big House. Volunteers in the press box said there were many who did not like the athletic department messing with the look of the beloved stadium. But what was an historic stadium has turned into a facility that takes Michigan Athletics far into the future.
Michigan is proud of their history and traditions. On the West concourse banners signifying national championships are hung.
A newer tradition is one that many other schools have been doing, a "Walk" to the stadium. Michigan coaches and players take campus buses into the parking area where they unload and walk through fans to the Michigan Stadium locker rooms. Head Football Coach, Rich Rodriguez leads his team amid fans, cheerleaders and marching band members.
Michigan alum, Erik Campbell returned to Ann Arbor as a member of the Iowa coaching staff. His last year at Michigan was 2007, the same season Lloyd Carr decided to retire as head football coach. The Wide Receiver coach talks with Michigan running back coach, Fred Jackson who worked with Cambell at Michigan.

Fans begin to enter Michigan Stadium minutes prior to kick off. Downtown Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan campus is seen over the north end of the Big House.
After the Hawkeyes took a 21-7 halftime lead, the Wolverines made a comeback, but it was too little too late. Iowa went on to win 38-28 and the players celebrated with the fans.

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