Famous alumni of the University of Michigan

Wolverines Wire celebrates 15 notable alumni of the University of Michigan.

Founded in 1817, the University of Michigan boasts a rich tradition as one of the nation’s finest institutes of higher education.

The university’s programs in education, engineering, medicine, pharmacy, social work and law annually rank among the top departments in the country.

So it should come as no surprise that many of the leaders and best in myriad professions attended college in Ann Arbor. From actors and astronauts to business and technology trailblazers, countless successful luminaries have walked the fabled halls at U-M.

With all that in mind, Wolverines Wire presents a list of celebrity alumni from the University of Michigan.

Ann Arbor business pulls off epic prank on MSU RB Kenneth Walker III

Oh, this is too good! Check this out!

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When a prolific Big Ten running back asks for your business, of course you don’t say no. And if that running back plays for Michigan State and you’re Michigan fans, you find a way to make that work to your advantage.

Such is the case for clothier State and Liberty, an Ann Arbor-based business that specializes in upscale clothing meant to fit athletes. We’ve seen ambassadors for the company such as former Michigan defensive tackle Mike Martin, so when Spartans running back Kenneth Walker III asked them to fit him in a suit, it’s no surprise that the owners of the company would get him suited up — but with a little something extra.

They posted the video to their Twitter account on Friday, and you can see the prank they pulled off on Walker near the end.

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It’s good-natured fun like this that makes the rivalry great — not the incessant back-and-forth that has happened between the fan bases in recent weeks.

(h/t Michael Spath)

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Twitter explodes with reactions to Michigan women’s gymnastics winning 2021 national championship

Twitter exploded with reactions from all across sports to celebrate and react to Michigan women’s gymnastics winning a national championship

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It’s been a long drought in Ann Arbor, but one team was able to bring a national championship home.

For the first time in program history, the Michigan women’s gymnastics teams took home the top honor, slightly edging out Oklahoma in a gripping performance on Saturday afternoon.

From Juwan Howard to the football team to others in the media, a vast array of maize and blue personalities took to social media to express their joy over the Wolverines bringing home a national championship, the first to come to Ann Arbor since 2013-14, when men’s gymnastics won it all.

Here are some of the best Twitter reactions to the incredible feat.

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Michigan athletics shut down for two weeks due to COVID-19

The breadth of Michigan athletics will have to hit pause due to COVID-19 issues in Ann Arbor.

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If you were excited about any forthcoming University of Michigan athletics events, you’re gonna have to wait a minute.

Cases of COVID-19 in Ann Arbor have been skyrocketing as of recent, but just as importantly, there has been a detection of the new variant which is even more contagious, but no more deadly. As a result, according to The Michigan Daily’s Ethan Sears, the state of Michigan is pulling the plug, and the whole of Michigan athletics will be put on pause for two weeks.

The decision was made not by athletic department powers-that-be, but state of Michigan health department officials.

LOOK: Travis Scott sports Michigan gear in latest Instagram post

One of the nation’s most prominent rappers is sporting some maize and blue.

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Some used to point out that there was something of a resemblance between former Michigan football wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones and superstar rap artist Travis Scott, As DPJ often sported Scott’s signature look. But now it’s Scott who’s taking a page out of Peoples-Jones’ book.

Taking to Instagram around midnight on Tuesday morning, Scott posted a new picture to his 32.8 million followers, showing him donning a motorcycle helmet with vintage Michigan shorts and maize and blue Air Force Ones.

While he’s not the first star hip-hop artist to wear Michigan gear — Detroit’s own Big Sean has come to The Big House on multiple occasions — he may be the most prominent.

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We’re not gonna lie, it’s a good look.

LOOK: New Michigan Nike shoes about to be released

Find out more about the shoe as well as when they’ll be released.

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Mark your calendars, Michigan fans. On Thursday, Aug. 20, there will be some new maize and blue merchandise made available.

Ever since the Wolverines made the wholesale switch to Jordan brand and Nike in 2016, the shoes have been something of a hot ticket item. Limited quantities are generally made available, and when they are, they tend to fly off the shelves.

Soon, Nike proper is set to release the Zoom Pegasus 37 running shoe for a variety of schools, with Michigan included.

Via Nike.com:

Crush your miles while repping the Wolverines in the Nike College Zoom Pegasus 37 (Michigan). Delivering the same fit and feel that runners love, the shoe has an all-new forefoot cushioning unit and foam for optimal responsiveness. The result is a durable, lightweight trainer designed for everyday running.

We have to admit, they’re awfully sharp-looking.

The shoes will be available via order on Nike.com (where you can get a closer look via several different angles) or at MDen.com starting at 10 a.m. on Aug. 20.

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NCAA to allow players to support causes on jerseys

The NCAA is allowing a broad change allowing players to customize their jerseys.

 

It’s a nouveau trend in sports, where athletes are able to express themselves beyond the usual. Where in the professional ranks, shoes and the like are easily customizable — such as in the NFL with the “My Cause, My Cleats” initiative — we’ve seen the NBA take it to another level, allowing its players to add social justice messages via patches in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the further emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Now could we see something similar in the college ranks?

That looks to be the case as the NCAA will now allow players across all sports not to just wear patches, but to change their nameplates to honor people, events or social justice causes.

So should football and basketball happen this fall, you very well could see a very different looking maize and blue crew, in the sense that assuredly there will be many who take up the mantle for Black Lives Matter, but other causes as well.

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Michigan contingent on Big Ten Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition announced

The Wolverines contingent who will take part of the conference’s new coalition to fight racism has been revealed.

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Earlier this month, in the wake of the George Floyd killing at the hands of the police, the subsequent protests and rise to prominence of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Big Ten announced that it was formulating the ‘Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition.’

As described by Commissioner Kevin Warren:

I have made the decision to create the Big Ten Conference Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition and invite student-athletes, coaches, athletic directors, chancellors, presidents and others to join me.  I have already received powerful notes of support and interest in joining this coalition and look forward to partnering with the existing diversity councils on our various campuses. It is critical that our student-athletes possess their rights to free speech, their rights to peaceful protest and we will work to empower them in creating meaningful change.

We must listen to our young people. Our children and future generations deserve better. We are either part of the problem or part of the solution. The Big Ten Conference will be part of the solution as we actively and constructively combat racism and hate in our country.

On Monday, those representing the Michigan contingent were revealed, as well as those from the other thirteen member schools.

While some of the names are of the household variety, there are also several others from either behind-the-scenes or non-revenue sports, and it includes those from varying levels of prominence, as well as from different races and backgrounds.

Here are all of the Michigan representatives that will be participating and advocating in the group:

University of Michigan

Dr. Mark Schlissel – President

Athletic Department

Warde Manuel – Athletic Director

Abigail Eiler – Assistant Director of Athletic Counseling

Elizabeth Heinrich – Executive Senior Associate AD and Chief Student Development and Compliance Officer

Kenneth O. Miles – Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director

Football

Jim Harbaugh – Head Coach

Hunter Reynolds – senior defensive back

Adam Shibley – senior linebacker

Basketball

Juwan Howard – Head Coach

Men’s Soccer

Chaka Daley – Head Coach

Track & Field

James Henry – Head Coach (men’s and women’s)

Brianna Nelson – fifth-year senior, women’s track and field

Joyce Wilson-Eder – former student-athlete, Advisory Commission

Volleyball

Mark Rosen – Head Coach

Read the full Big Ten release below:

ROSEMONT, ILL. – The Big Ten Conference formally announced today the members of the Big Ten Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition, which includes student-athletes, coaches, athletic directors, chancellors, presidents and other members of the Big Ten family representing all 14 member institutions. In addition, the Big Ten Conference formally launched a Voter Registration Initiative that has been in the planning stages since February of 2020.

“The events in our country and around the world during the past few months have strengthened my fundamental belief in our need to develop tangible and actionable efforts in a collective manner and provide viable solutions addressing the issues of hate and racism in our society,” said Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren. “We have the distinct opportunity and responsibility through our Coalition to continually encourage, educate and empower our student-athletes as we embrace transparent and much-needed dialogue regarding meaningful issues that have impacted race relations for many years.”

“The Big Ten Conference Voter Registration Initiative is a natural extension of the conversation within the Coalition. An election year provides the opportunity to educate our student-athletes in a non-partisan fashion regarding the importance of exercising their civic right to clearly understand the political process, register to vote, cast a vote during the upcoming election, and provide adequate support to combat voter suppression. We are at an inflection point in our country. Empowering our student-athletes by encouraging them to use their voices illustrates how we can collectively work together to build a better future.”

The Coalition was first announced in an open letter from Commissioner Warren on June 1, 2020 following the death of George Floyd. The goal of the Coalition is to seek tangible ways to actively and constructively combat racism and hate around the world while also empowering student-athletes to express their rights to free speech and peaceful protest.

“I am grateful to have the opportunity to use my platform as a student-athlete to combat hate and racism in our country,” said Savanna Spears, a Coalition member and a junior on the Indiana women’s swimming and diving team. “It is so important that we go out and vote so that all our voices can be heard.”

“I am thankful to have been nominated for such an incredible union,” said Coalition member and Illinois football student-athlete Ra’Von Bonner. “I am an agent of change and will use my platform to create real change in this country. I am very motivated and dedicated to progressing my people, BLACK people.”

The Coalition will leverage, support and complement the extraordinary efforts already taking place across the Big Ten Conference through initiatives on our campuses, as well as through existing conference-wide organizations like the Big Ten Advisory Commission. Established in 1972 in the midst of a period of significant social unrest in our nation, the Advisory Commission will have direct representation on the Coalition.

The Big Ten Conference Voter Registration Initiative is a Conference-wide collaboration that encourages student-athletes to take part in the electoral process. The non-partisan Initiative is coordinated by a Voter Registration Committee that includes representatives from all 14 Big Ten institutions. This initiative was activated in February 2020, and hosts three subcommittees to address: Timeline, Outreach and Rollout; Technology and Data; and Education and Programming.

Monthly educational programming will begin in July and continue through the general election on November 3, 2020. This programming will be designed to inform and educate student-athletes on the importance of civic engagement and how to register to vote and submit a ballot, in person or absentee.

The Voter Registration Committee will also partner with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to develop educational programming, create outreach tools, foster open and honest dialogue with law enforcement and collaborate with other established civic platforms. In partnership with Election Protection, the nation’s largest and longest-running non-partisan, voter protection program, led by the Lawyers’ Committee, the Big Ten Conference will work to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to register, vote and have that vote counted. The Big Ten Conference will encourage use of the Election Protection helpline, 866-OUR-VOTE or 866-687-8683, which is available 365 days a year to support anyone with voting-related questions.

“The right to vote is the most important right in our democracy,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “Student-athletes have unique platforms that can be used to educate and activate students all across the country. I am excited to partner with Commissioner Kevin Warren and the Big Ten Conference Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition to help promote civic participation and ensure that the voices of all student voters are heard this election season.”

“I commend Commissioner Warren and the Big Ten Conference for taking action and being part of the solution,” said Coalition member and Maryland football head coach Michael Locksley. “I am honored to be part of this Coalition and look forward to having tough conversations that lead to significant change. Our student-athletes at Maryland have taken it upon themselves to make an impact by not only registering themselves to vote, but also getting out into our community to encourage voter registration and participation on election days. It gives me great pride to see the Big Ten also institute a Voter Registration Initiative that I strongly believe can have a lasting impact.”

Members of the Big Ten Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition and the Voter Registration Committee can be found here.