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One of the University's more successful athletic programs is the football team. The program claims 11 national championships with the most recent one coming in 1997 when the Wolverines beat the Washington State Cougars. The program also claims 42 Big Ten championships, 3 Heisman Trophy winners, and 78 All-Americans. The football program is currently the most successful in college football in terms of wins and winning percentage with 895 wins and a .736 winning percentage (edging out Texas with 858 wins and Notre Dame with a winning percentage of .731). The Michigan Football team has four rivalries with other schools. They play Minnesota for the Little Brown Jug Trophy and Michigan holds a 67-22-3 record against them. They also play their in-state rivals, Michigan State for the Paul Bunyan Trophy and Michigan holds a 67-32-5 record in the rivalry. Another rivalry is against Notre Dame, in which Michigan holds a 24-18-1 record; it was a near-annual affair from 1979 to 2014. The significance of 2014: Notre Dame joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013, committing to play five ACC schools each season,[[note]]Although Notre Dame remains a football independent, it is otherwise a full member of the ACC. In exchange for playing a partial ACC schedule, Notre Dame gets access to the ACC's bowl game lineup if it doesn't get into the College Football Playoff or its associated bowls.[[/note]] while the Big Ten announced in that year it would move to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016. The Wolverines and Irish resumed their rivalry with a home-and-home; Notre Dame won in South Bend in 2018 and Michigan won in The Big House in 2019. Michigan's biggest rivalry is held on the last Saturday in the Big Ten season against Ohio State. This rivalry, often reputed to stem from the border dispute over the Toledo Strip which dates back to Michigan's initial bid for statehood, has been ranked the greatest rivalry in sports by ESPN and is simply referred to as "The Game". Michigan holds a 58-51-6 record against Ohio State—and that's after the Buckeyes have won the last eight games.

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One of the University's more successful athletic programs is the football team. The program claims 11 national championships with the most recent one coming in 1997 when the Wolverines beat the Washington State Cougars. The program also claims 42 Big Ten championships, 3 Heisman Trophy winners, and 78 All-Americans. The football program is currently the most successful in college football in terms of wins and with 971; the Wolverines were edged out by archrival Ohio State in winning percentage during the 2019 season, with 895 wins and a .736 winning percentage (edging out Texas with 858 wins and Notre Dame with a winning percentage of .731). the Buckeyes ending that season at .731 to Michigan's .730. The Michigan Football football team has four rivalries with other schools. They play Minnesota for the Little Brown Jug Trophy and Michigan holds a 67-22-3 75-25-3 record against them. They also play their in-state rivals, Michigan State for the Paul Bunyan Trophy and Michigan holds a 67-32-5 71-36-5 record in the rivalry. Another rivalry is against Notre Dame, in which Michigan holds a 24-18-1 25-17-1 record; it was a near-annual affair from 1979 to 2014. The significance of 2014: Notre Dame joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013, committing to play five ACC schools each season,[[note]]Although Notre Dame remains a football independent, it is otherwise a full member of the ACC. In exchange for playing a partial ACC schedule, Notre Dame gets access to the ACC's bowl game lineup if it doesn't get into the College Football Playoff or its associated bowls.[[/note]] while the Big Ten announced in that year it would move to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016. The Wolverines and Irish resumed their rivalry with a home-and-home; Notre Dame won in South Bend in 2018 and Michigan won in The Big House in 2019. Michigan's biggest rivalry is held on the last Saturday in of the Big Ten regular season against Ohio State. This rivalry, often reputed to stem from the border dispute over the Toledo Strip which dates back to Michigan's initial bid for statehood, has been ranked the greatest rivalry in sports by ESPN and is simply referred to as "The Game". Michigan holds a 58-51-6 record against Ohio State—and that's after the Buckeyes have won the last eight games.


One of the University's more successful athletic programs is the football team. The program claims 11 national championships with the most recent one coming in 1997 when the Wolverines beat the Washington State Cougars. The program also claims 42 Big Ten championships, 3 Heisman Trophy winners, and 78 All-Americans. The football program is currently the most successful in college football in terms of wins and winning percentage with 895 wins and a .736 winning percentage (edging out Texas with 858 wins and Notre Dame with a winning percentage of .731). The Michigan Football team has four rivalries with other schools. They play Minnesota for the Little Brown Jug Trophy and Michigan holds a 67-22-3 record against them. They also play their in-state rivals, Michigan State for the Paul Bunyan Trophy and Michigan holds a 67-32-5 record in the rivalry. Another rivalry is against Notre Dame, in which Michigan holds a 24-18-1 record; it was a near-annual affair from 1979 to 2014. The significance of 2014: Notre Dame joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013, committing to play five ACC schools each season,[[note]]Although Notre Dame remains a football independent, it is otherwise a full member of the ACC. In exchange for playing a partial ACC schedule, Notre Dame gets access to the ACC's bowl game lineup if it doesn't get into the College Football Playoff or its associated bowls.[[/note]] while the Big Ten announced in that year it would move to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016. The Wolverines and Irish resumed their rivalry with a home-and-home; Notre Dame won in South Bend in 2018 and the teams will meet in The Big House in 2019. Michigan's biggest rivalry is held on the last Saturday in the Big Ten season against Ohio State. This rivalry, often reputed to stem from the border dispute over the Toledo Strip which dates back to Michigan's initial bid for statehood, has been ranked the greatest rivalry in sports by ESPN and is simply referred to as "The Game". Michigan holds a 58-50-6 record against Ohio State—and that's after the Buckeyes have won the last seven games.

Michigan holds two major rivalries with other colleges, one in-state (against Michigan State University) and one out of state (against [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]] Ohio State University). Referencing one school positively to a devotee of an opposing school is SeriousBusiness and is apt to earn you a verbal if not physical smackdown. Do note, however, that actual alumni of these universities are generally more likely to behave in GentlemanAndAScholar or WorthyOpponent manner toward each other, as they've likely had to interact professionally with colleagues from an "opposing" school at some point. The truly malignant "fans" - the people you're apt to see rioting on TV after a game - frequently never attended ''any'' of the schools involved. These individuals are colloquially known as "[=ScUM=]" and "UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}} Wolverines" at U of M, "Sparty Slappies" and "Couch Burners" at MSU, and "Suckeyes" at OSU. Also of note: the rivalry against Michigan State is overruled by the rivalry against Ohio State because the latter stems from the border dispute over the ownership of the Toledo Strip. For that reason, residents of that part of Ohio often support Michigan over Ohio State, as they're geographically closer to Ann Arbor than they are to Columbus. For this reason, if the Spartans are playing against the Buckeyes, U of M fans '''will''' root for Michigan State as the Wolverines consider themselves [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou to have a birthright to beat the Spartans]]. The U of M vs MSU game is known as match for the Paul Bunyan Trophy, whether or not said physical trophy actually exists. Interestingly there is a town in Michigan precisely half-way betwixt Ann Arbor and East Lansing, known as Fowlerville, which has a lot of local gift shops selling [[TheMerch merchandise]] in a combination of U of M's [[InsistentTerminology maize and blue]] and MSU's green and white school colors, useful for the handful of Michiganders who prefer not to take sides (though they just usually root for other schools, mostly Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, or one of the three Upper Peninsula schools, Michigan Tech in Houghton, Northern Michigan in Marquette, or Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie) or come from mixed families (usually humorously called "a house divided").

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One of the University's more successful athletic programs is the football team. The program claims 11 national championships with the most recent one coming in 1997 when the Wolverines beat the Washington State Cougars. The program also claims 42 Big Ten championships, 3 Heisman Trophy winners, and 78 All-Americans. The football program is currently the most successful in college football in terms of wins and winning percentage with 895 wins and a .736 winning percentage (edging out Texas with 858 wins and Notre Dame with a winning percentage of .731). The Michigan Football team has four rivalries with other schools. They play Minnesota for the Little Brown Jug Trophy and Michigan holds a 67-22-3 record against them. They also play their in-state rivals, Michigan State for the Paul Bunyan Trophy and Michigan holds a 67-32-5 record in the rivalry. Another rivalry is against Notre Dame, in which Michigan holds a 24-18-1 record; it was a near-annual affair from 1979 to 2014. The significance of 2014: Notre Dame joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013, committing to play five ACC schools each season,[[note]]Although Notre Dame remains a football independent, it is otherwise a full member of the ACC. In exchange for playing a partial ACC schedule, Notre Dame gets access to the ACC's bowl game lineup if it doesn't get into the College Football Playoff or its associated bowls.[[/note]] while the Big Ten announced in that year it would move to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016. The Wolverines and Irish resumed their rivalry with a home-and-home; Notre Dame won in South Bend in 2018 and the teams will meet Michigan won in The Big House in 2019. Michigan's biggest rivalry is held on the last Saturday in the Big Ten season against Ohio State. This rivalry, often reputed to stem from the border dispute over the Toledo Strip which dates back to Michigan's initial bid for statehood, has been ranked the greatest rivalry in sports by ESPN and is simply referred to as "The Game". Michigan holds a 58-50-6 58-51-6 record against Ohio State—and that's after the Buckeyes have won the last seven eight games.

Michigan holds two major rivalries with other colleges, one in-state (against Michigan State University) and one out of state (against [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]] Ohio State University). Referencing one school positively to a devotee of an opposing school is SeriousBusiness and is apt to earn you a verbal if not physical smackdown. Do note, however, that actual alumni of these universities are generally more likely to behave in a GentlemanAndAScholar or WorthyOpponent manner toward each other, as they've likely had to interact professionally with colleagues from an "opposing" school at some point. The truly malignant "fans" - the people you're apt to see rioting on TV after a game - frequently never attended ''any'' of the schools involved. These individuals are colloquially known as "[=ScUM=]" and "UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}} Wolverines" at U of M, "Sparty Slappies" and "Couch Burners" at MSU, and "Suckeyes" at OSU. Also of note: the rivalry against Michigan State is overruled by the rivalry against Ohio State because the latter stems from the border dispute over the ownership of the Toledo Strip. For that reason, residents of that part of Ohio often support Michigan over Ohio State, as they're geographically closer to Ann Arbor than they are to Columbus. For this reason, if the Spartans are playing against the Buckeyes, U of M fans '''will''' root for Michigan State as the Wolverines consider themselves [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou to have a birthright to beat the Spartans]]. The U of M vs MSU game is known as match for the Paul Bunyan Trophy, whether or not said physical trophy actually exists. Interestingly there is a town in Michigan precisely half-way halfway betwixt Ann Arbor and East Lansing, known as Fowlerville, which has a lot of local gift shops selling [[TheMerch merchandise]] in a combination of U of M's [[InsistentTerminology maize and blue]] and MSU's green and white school colors, useful for the handful of Michiganders who prefer not to take sides (though they just usually root for other schools, mostly Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, or one of the three Upper Peninsula schools, Michigan Tech in Houghton, Northern Michigan in Marquette, or Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie) or come from mixed families (usually humorously called "a house divided").


Michigan holds two major rivalries with other colleges, one in-state (against Michigan State University) and one out of state (against [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]] Ohio State University). Referencing one school positively to a devotee of an opposing school is SeriousBusiness and is apt to earn you a verbal if not physical smackdown. Do note, however, that actual alumni of these universities are generally more likely to behave in GentlemanAndAScholar or WorthyOpponent manner toward each other, as they've likely had to interact professionally with colleagues from an "opposing" school at some point. The truly malignant "fans" - the people you're apt to see rioting on TV after a game - frequently never attended ''any'' of the schools involved. These individuals are colloquially known as "[=ScUM=]" and "Walmart Wolverines" at U of M, "Sparty Slappies" and "Couch Burners" at MSU, and "Suckeyes" at OSU. Also of note: the rivalry against Michigan State is overruled by the rivalry against Ohio State because the latter stems from the border dispute over the ownership of the Toledo Strip. For that reason, residents of that part of Ohio often support Michigan over Ohio State, as they're geographically closer to Ann Arbor than they are to Columbus. For this reason, if the Spartans are playing against the Buckeyes, U of M fans '''will''' root for Michigan State as the Wolverines consider themselves [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou to have a birthright to beat the Spartans]]. The U of M vs MSU game is known as match for the Paul Bunyan Trophy, whether or not said physical trophy actually exists. Interestingly there is a town in Michigan precisely half-way betwixt Ann Arbor and East Lansing, known as Fowlerville, which has a lot of local gift shops selling [[TheMerch merchandise]] in a combination of U of M's [[InsistentTerminology maize and blue]] and MSU's green and white school colors, useful for the handful of Michiganders who prefer not to take sides (though they just usually root for other schools, mostly Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, or one of the three Upper Peninsula schools, Michigan Tech in Houghton, Northern Michigan in Marquette, or Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie) or come from mixed families (usually humorously called "a house divided").

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Michigan holds two major rivalries with other colleges, one in-state (against Michigan State University) and one out of state (against [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]] Ohio State University). Referencing one school positively to a devotee of an opposing school is SeriousBusiness and is apt to earn you a verbal if not physical smackdown. Do note, however, that actual alumni of these universities are generally more likely to behave in GentlemanAndAScholar or WorthyOpponent manner toward each other, as they've likely had to interact professionally with colleagues from an "opposing" school at some point. The truly malignant "fans" - the people you're apt to see rioting on TV after a game - frequently never attended ''any'' of the schools involved. These individuals are colloquially known as "[=ScUM=]" and "Walmart "UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}} Wolverines" at U of M, "Sparty Slappies" and "Couch Burners" at MSU, and "Suckeyes" at OSU. Also of note: the rivalry against Michigan State is overruled by the rivalry against Ohio State because the latter stems from the border dispute over the ownership of the Toledo Strip. For that reason, residents of that part of Ohio often support Michigan over Ohio State, as they're geographically closer to Ann Arbor than they are to Columbus. For this reason, if the Spartans are playing against the Buckeyes, U of M fans '''will''' root for Michigan State as the Wolverines consider themselves [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou to have a birthright to beat the Spartans]]. The U of M vs MSU game is known as match for the Paul Bunyan Trophy, whether or not said physical trophy actually exists. Interestingly there is a town in Michigan precisely half-way betwixt Ann Arbor and East Lansing, known as Fowlerville, which has a lot of local gift shops selling [[TheMerch merchandise]] in a combination of U of M's [[InsistentTerminology maize and blue]] and MSU's green and white school colors, useful for the handful of Michiganders who prefer not to take sides (though they just usually root for other schools, mostly Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, or one of the three Upper Peninsula schools, Michigan Tech in Houghton, Northern Michigan in Marquette, or Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie) or come from mixed families (usually humorously called "a house divided").


One of the University's more successful athletic programs is the football team. The program claims 11 national championships with the most recent one coming in 1997 when Michigan beat the Washington State Cougars. The program also claims 42 Big Ten championships, 3 Heisman Trophy winners, and 78 All Americans. The football program is currently the most successful in college football in terms of wins and winning percentage with 895 wins and a .736 winning percentage(edging out Texas with 858 wins and Notre Dame with a winning percentage of .731). The Michigan Football team has four rivalries with other schools. They play Minnesota for the Little Brown Jug Trophy and Michigan holds a 67-22-3 record against them. They also play their in-state rivals, Michigan State for the Paul Bunyan Trophy and Michigan holds a 67-32-5 record in the rivalry. Another rivalry is against Notre Dame, in which Michigan holds a 24-18-1 record; it was a near-annual affair from 1979 to 2014. The significance of 2014: Notre Dame joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013, committing to play five ACC schools each season,[[note]]Although Notre Dame remains a football independent, it is otherwise a full member of the ACC. In exchange for playing a partial ACC schedule, Notre Dame gets access to the ACC's bowl game lineup if it doesn't get into the College Football Playoff or its associated bowls.[[/note]] while the Big Ten announced in that year it would move to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016. The Wolverines and Irish resumed their rivalry with a home-and-home; Notre Dame won in South Bend in 2018 and the teams will meet in The Big House in 2019. Michigan's biggest rivalry is held on the last Saturday in the Big Ten season against Ohio State. This rivalry, often reputed to stem from the border dispute over the Toledo Strip which dates back to Michigan's initial bid for statehood, has been ranked the greatest rivalry in sports by ESPN and is simply referred to as "The Game". Michigan holds a 58-50-6 record against Ohio State—and that's after the Buckeyes have won the last seven games.

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One of the University's more successful athletic programs is the football team. The program claims 11 national championships with the most recent one coming in 1997 when Michigan the Wolverines beat the Washington State Cougars. The program also claims 42 Big Ten championships, 3 Heisman Trophy winners, and 78 All Americans.All-Americans. The football program is currently the most successful in college football in terms of wins and winning percentage with 895 wins and a .736 winning percentage(edging percentage (edging out Texas with 858 wins and Notre Dame with a winning percentage of .731). The Michigan Football team has four rivalries with other schools. They play Minnesota for the Little Brown Jug Trophy and Michigan holds a 67-22-3 record against them. They also play their in-state rivals, Michigan State for the Paul Bunyan Trophy and Michigan holds a 67-32-5 record in the rivalry. Another rivalry is against Notre Dame, in which Michigan holds a 24-18-1 record; it was a near-annual affair from 1979 to 2014. The significance of 2014: Notre Dame joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013, committing to play five ACC schools each season,[[note]]Although Notre Dame remains a football independent, it is otherwise a full member of the ACC. In exchange for playing a partial ACC schedule, Notre Dame gets access to the ACC's bowl game lineup if it doesn't get into the College Football Playoff or its associated bowls.[[/note]] while the Big Ten announced in that year it would move to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016. The Wolverines and Irish resumed their rivalry with a home-and-home; Notre Dame won in South Bend in 2018 and the teams will meet in The Big House in 2019. Michigan's biggest rivalry is held on the last Saturday in the Big Ten season against Ohio State. This rivalry, often reputed to stem from the border dispute over the Toledo Strip which dates back to Michigan's initial bid for statehood, has been ranked the greatest rivalry in sports by ESPN and is simply referred to as "The Game". Michigan holds a 58-50-6 record against Ohio State—and that's after the Buckeyes have won the last seven games.


One of the University's more successful athletic programs is the football team. The program claims 11 national championships with the most recent one coming in 1997 when Michigan beat the Washington State Cougars. The program also claims 42 Big Ten championships, 3 Heisman Trophy winners, and 78 All Americans. The football program is currently the most successful in college football in terms of wins and winning percentage with 895 wins and a .736 winning percentage(edging out Texas with 858 wins and Notre Dame with a winning percentage of .731). The Michigan Football team has four rivalries with other schools. They play Minnesota for the Little Brown Jug Trophy and Michigan holds a 67-22-3 record against them. They also play their in-state rivals, Michigan State for the Paul Bunyan Trophy and Michigan holds a 67-32-5 record in the rivalry. Another rivalry is against Notre Dame, in which Michigan holds a 23-15-1 record; it ended after the 2014 season because of Notre Dame's commitment to play five Atlantic Coast Conference schools each season,[[note]]Although Notre Dame remains a football independent, it is otherwise a full member of the ACC. In exchange for playing a partial ACC schedule, Notre Dame gets access to the ACC's bowl game lineup if it doesn't get into the College Football Playoff or its associated bowls.[[/note]] combined with the Big Ten moving to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016. Michigan's biggest rivalry is held on the last Saturday in the Big Ten season against Ohio State. This rivalry, often reputed to stem from the border dispute over the Toledo Strip which dates back to Michigan's initial bid for statehood, has been ranked the greatest rivalry in sports by ESPN and is simply referred to as "The Game". Michigan holds a 58-43-6 record against Ohio State.

Michigan holds two major rivalries with other colleges, one in-state (against Michigan State University) and one out of state (against The Ohio State University). Referencing one school positively to a devotee of an opposing school is SeriousBusiness and is apt to earn you a verbal if not physical smackdown. Do note, however, that actual alumni of these universities are generally more likely to behave in GentlemanAndAScholar or WorthyOpponent manner toward each other, as they've likely had to interact professionally with colleagues from an "opposing" school at some point. The truly malignant "fans" - the people you're apt to see rioting on TV after a game - frequently never attended ''any'' of the schools involved. These individuals are colloquially known as "[=ScUM=]" and "Walmart Wolverines" at U of M, "Sparty Slappies" and "Couch Burners" at MSU, and "Suckeyes" at OSU. Also of note: the rivalry against Michigan State is overruled by the rivalry against Ohio State because the latter stems from the border dispute over the ownership of the Toledo Strip. For that reason, residents of that part of Ohio often support Michigan over Ohio State, as they're geographically closer to Ann Arbor than they are to Columbus. For this reason, if the Spartans are playing against the Buckeyes, U of M fans '''will''' root for Michigan State as the Wolverines consider themselves [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou to have a birthright to beat the Spartans]]. The U of M vs MSU game is known as match for the Paul Bunyan Trophy, whether or not said physical trophy actually exists. Interestingly there is a town in Michigan precisely half-way betwixt Ann Arbor and East Lansing, known as Fowlerville, which has a lot of local gift shops selling [[TheMerch merchandise]] in a combination of U of M's [[InsistentTerminology maize and blue]] and MSU's green and white school colors, useful for the handful of Michiganders who prefer not to take sides (though they just usually root for other schools, mostly Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, or one of the three Upper Peninsula schools, Michigan Tech in Houghton, Northern Michigan in Marquette, or Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie) or come from mixed families (usually humorously called "a house divided").

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One of the University's more successful athletic programs is the football team. The program claims 11 national championships with the most recent one coming in 1997 when Michigan beat the Washington State Cougars. The program also claims 42 Big Ten championships, 3 Heisman Trophy winners, and 78 All Americans. The football program is currently the most successful in college football in terms of wins and winning percentage with 895 wins and a .736 winning percentage(edging out Texas with 858 wins and Notre Dame with a winning percentage of .731). The Michigan Football team has four rivalries with other schools. They play Minnesota for the Little Brown Jug Trophy and Michigan holds a 67-22-3 record against them. They also play their in-state rivals, Michigan State for the Paul Bunyan Trophy and Michigan holds a 67-32-5 record in the rivalry. Another rivalry is against Notre Dame, in which Michigan holds a 23-15-1 24-18-1 record; it ended after the 2014 season because was a near-annual affair from 1979 to 2014. The significance of 2014: Notre Dame's commitment to play five Dame joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013, committing to play five ACC schools each season,[[note]]Although Notre Dame remains a football independent, it is otherwise a full member of the ACC. In exchange for playing a partial ACC schedule, Notre Dame gets access to the ACC's bowl game lineup if it doesn't get into the College Football Playoff or its associated bowls.[[/note]] combined with while the Big Ten moving announced in that year it would move to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016.2016. The Wolverines and Irish resumed their rivalry with a home-and-home; Notre Dame won in South Bend in 2018 and the teams will meet in The Big House in 2019. Michigan's biggest rivalry is held on the last Saturday in the Big Ten season against Ohio State. This rivalry, often reputed to stem from the border dispute over the Toledo Strip which dates back to Michigan's initial bid for statehood, has been ranked the greatest rivalry in sports by ESPN and is simply referred to as "The Game". Michigan holds a 58-43-6 58-50-6 record against Ohio State.

State—and that's after the Buckeyes have won the last seven games.

Michigan holds two major rivalries with other colleges, one in-state (against Michigan State University) and one out of state (against The [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]] Ohio State University). Referencing one school positively to a devotee of an opposing school is SeriousBusiness and is apt to earn you a verbal if not physical smackdown. Do note, however, that actual alumni of these universities are generally more likely to behave in GentlemanAndAScholar or WorthyOpponent manner toward each other, as they've likely had to interact professionally with colleagues from an "opposing" school at some point. The truly malignant "fans" - the people you're apt to see rioting on TV after a game - frequently never attended ''any'' of the schools involved. These individuals are colloquially known as "[=ScUM=]" and "Walmart Wolverines" at U of M, "Sparty Slappies" and "Couch Burners" at MSU, and "Suckeyes" at OSU. Also of note: the rivalry against Michigan State is overruled by the rivalry against Ohio State because the latter stems from the border dispute over the ownership of the Toledo Strip. For that reason, residents of that part of Ohio often support Michigan over Ohio State, as they're geographically closer to Ann Arbor than they are to Columbus. For this reason, if the Spartans are playing against the Buckeyes, U of M fans '''will''' root for Michigan State as the Wolverines consider themselves [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou to have a birthright to beat the Spartans]]. The U of M vs MSU game is known as match for the Paul Bunyan Trophy, whether or not said physical trophy actually exists. Interestingly there is a town in Michigan precisely half-way betwixt Ann Arbor and East Lansing, known as Fowlerville, which has a lot of local gift shops selling [[TheMerch merchandise]] in a combination of U of M's [[InsistentTerminology maize and blue]] and MSU's green and white school colors, useful for the handful of Michiganders who prefer not to take sides (though they just usually root for other schools, mostly Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, or one of the three Upper Peninsula schools, Michigan Tech in Houghton, Northern Michigan in Marquette, or Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie) or come from mixed families (usually humorously called "a house divided").


The immediate past President of the University of Michigan is a former biochemist by the [[MeaningfulName name]] of MarySue Coleman.[[note]]Somewhat ironically, Mary Sue's NumberTwo--the Provost--2006-2010 was a woman by the name of Teresa Sullivan, whose undergraduate degree was from Michigan's in-state rival, Michigan State University. She went on to become President of the University of Virginia.[[/note]] For illustration, here's a list of [[http://www.umich.edu/pres/aboutmsc.php her accolades and accomplishments.]]

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The immediate past President of the University of Michigan is a former biochemist by the [[MeaningfulName name]] name of MarySue Mary Sue Coleman.[[note]]Somewhat ironically, Mary Sue's NumberTwo--the Provost--2006-2010 was a woman by the name of Teresa Sullivan, whose undergraduate degree was from Michigan's in-state rival, Michigan State University. She went on to become President of the University of Virginia.[[/note]] For illustration, here's a list of [[http://www.umich.edu/pres/aboutmsc.php her accolades and accomplishments.]]


Historically, the University owes much of its academic prestige to its then-unique status as a major competitor to the UsefulNotes/IvyLeague. In the pre-WorldWarII and [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement civil rights]] era, the Ivies were somewhat notorious for being "exclusive" in their admissions; however, the "exclusion" frequently had more to do with class, religion, and race than with merit. As the premier institutions for the upper-crust "Eastern Establishment", the Ivy League schools made an effort to keep this reputation by self-imposing harsh quotas that limited the number of non-[[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant WASP]] applicants they could accept every year (in practice, this mostly excluded Jewish and Catholic students in the Northeastern US). With few opportunities to study at an Ivy, many of these students then applied in large numbers to other less discriminatory colleges, one of which was Michigan. The school was thus able to establish a reputation as a friendly place towards Northeastern Jews and extended its student body far beyond the local Midwestern population. By the 1950s, it had gained the nickname "Harvard of the (Mid)West" and UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy (a Harvard alum) once famously quipped that he had graduated from the "Michigan of the East" while campaigning in Ann Arbor during the 1960 presidential election. Although the Ivy Leagues have since decreased their discriminatory quota policies and now welcome applicants of all races and religions, Michigan has continued to remain a major attractive school for East Coast students to apply for college.

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Historically, the University owes much of its academic prestige to its then-unique status as a major competitor to the UsefulNotes/IvyLeague. In the pre-WorldWarII pre-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement civil rights]] era, the Ivies were somewhat notorious for being "exclusive" in their admissions; however, the "exclusion" frequently had more to do with class, religion, and race than with merit. As the premier institutions for the upper-crust "Eastern Establishment", the Ivy League schools made an effort to keep this reputation by self-imposing harsh quotas that limited the number of non-[[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant WASP]] applicants they could accept every year (in practice, this mostly excluded Jewish and Catholic students in the Northeastern US). With few opportunities to study at an Ivy, many of these students then applied in large numbers to other less discriminatory colleges, one of which was Michigan. The school was thus able to establish a reputation as a friendly place towards Northeastern Jews and extended its student body far beyond the local Midwestern population. By the 1950s, it had gained the nickname "Harvard of the (Mid)West" and UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy (a Harvard alum) once famously quipped that he had graduated from the "Michigan of the East" while campaigning in Ann Arbor during the 1960 presidential election. Although the Ivy Leagues have since decreased their discriminatory quota policies and now welcome applicants of all races and religions, Michigan has continued to remain a major attractive school for East Coast students to apply for college.



Other famous Alumni of the University of Michigan include Raoul Wallenberg (diplomat and humanitarian), Clarence Darrow (high-profile attorney), Creator/JamesEarlJones, Creator/LucyLiu, Creator/DarrenCriss, Larry Page (co-founder of Website/{{Google}}), Charles Walgreen (founder of the Walgreens pharmacy chain), Music/{{Madonna}}, UsefulNotes/GeraldFord (38th President of the United States), Creator/TomBrady (quarterback of the New England Patriots), Jim Harbaugh (former quarterback for the Wolverines and now their head coach), Desmond Howard (cohost of the football version of ''College [=GameDay=]''), Richard Gephardt (congressman and presidential candidate), Dhani Jones (Travel Channel), Ann Coulter (firebrand conservative pundit), Creator/ArthurMiller, David Alan Grier (actor and comedian), and Clarence Leonard "Kelly" Johnson (designer of the twin-prop P-38 Lightning WW2 fighter, the P-80; America's first fighter-jet in operation, the mach 2 F-104 Starfighter, the notorious U-2 spyplane, and the record-holding fastest airplane ''ever'' built, the Mach 3 SR-71 Blackbird).

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Other famous Alumni of the University of Michigan include Raoul Wallenberg (diplomat and humanitarian), Clarence Darrow (high-profile attorney), Creator/JamesEarlJones, Creator/LucyLiu, Creator/DarrenCriss, Larry Page (co-founder of Website/{{Google}}), Charles Walgreen (founder of the Walgreens pharmacy chain), Music/{{Madonna}}, UsefulNotes/GeraldFord (38th President of the United States), Creator/TomBrady (quarterback of the New England Patriots), Jim Harbaugh (former quarterback for the Wolverines and now their head coach), Desmond Howard (cohost of the football version of ''College [=GameDay=]''), Richard Gephardt (congressman and presidential candidate), Dhani Jones (Travel Channel), Ann Coulter (firebrand conservative pundit), Creator/ArthurMiller, David Alan Grier (actor and comedian), and Clarence Leonard "Kelly" Johnson (designer of the twin-prop P-38 Lightning WW2 UsefulNotes/WW2 fighter, the P-80; America's first fighter-jet in operation, the mach 2 F-104 Starfighter, the notorious U-2 spyplane, and the record-holding fastest airplane ''ever'' built, the Mach 3 SR-71 Blackbird).


Historically, the University owes much of its academic prestige to its then-unique status as a major competitor to the IvyLeague. In the pre-WorldWarII and [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement civil rights]] era, the Ivies were somewhat notorious for being "exclusive" in their admissions; however, the "exclusion" frequently had more to do with class, religion, and race than with merit. As the premier institutions for the upper-crust "Eastern Establishment", the Ivy League schools made an effort to keep this reputation by self-imposing harsh quotas that limited the number of non-[[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant WASP]] applicants they could accept every year (in practice, this mostly excluded Jewish and Catholic students in the Northeastern US). With few opportunities to study at an Ivy, many of these students then applied in large numbers to other less discriminatory colleges, one of which was Michigan. The school was thus able to establish a reputation as a friendly place towards Northeastern Jews and extended its student body far beyond the local Midwestern population. By the 1950s, it had gained the nickname "Harvard of the (Mid)West" and UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy (a Harvard alum) once famously quipped that he had graduated from the "Michigan of the East" while campaigning in Ann Arbor during the 1960 presidential election. Although the Ivy Leagues have since decreased their discriminatory quota policies and now welcome applicants of all races and religions, Michigan has continued to remain a major attractive school for East Coast students to apply for college.

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Historically, the University owes much of its academic prestige to its then-unique status as a major competitor to the IvyLeague.UsefulNotes/IvyLeague. In the pre-WorldWarII and [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement civil rights]] era, the Ivies were somewhat notorious for being "exclusive" in their admissions; however, the "exclusion" frequently had more to do with class, religion, and race than with merit. As the premier institutions for the upper-crust "Eastern Establishment", the Ivy League schools made an effort to keep this reputation by self-imposing harsh quotas that limited the number of non-[[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant WASP]] applicants they could accept every year (in practice, this mostly excluded Jewish and Catholic students in the Northeastern US). With few opportunities to study at an Ivy, many of these students then applied in large numbers to other less discriminatory colleges, one of which was Michigan. The school was thus able to establish a reputation as a friendly place towards Northeastern Jews and extended its student body far beyond the local Midwestern population. By the 1950s, it had gained the nickname "Harvard of the (Mid)West" and UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy (a Harvard alum) once famously quipped that he had graduated from the "Michigan of the East" while campaigning in Ann Arbor during the 1960 presidential election. Although the Ivy Leagues have since decreased their discriminatory quota policies and now welcome applicants of all races and religions, Michigan has continued to remain a major attractive school for East Coast students to apply for college.


Other famous Alumni of the University of Michigan include Raoul Wallenberg (diplomat and humanitarian), Clarence Darrow (high-profile attorney), Creator/JamesEarlJones, Creator/LucyLiu, Creator/DarrenCriss, Larry Page (co-founder of Website/{{Google}}), Charles Walgreen (founder of the Walgreens pharmacy chain), Music/{{Madonna}}, UsefulNotes/GeraldFord (38th President of the United States), Tom Brady (quarterback of the New England Patriots), Jim Harbaugh (former quarterback for the Wolverines and now their head coach), Desmond Howard (cohost of the football version of ''College [=GameDay=]''), Richard Gephardt (congressman and presidential candidate), Dhani Jones (Travel Channel), Ann Coulter (firebrand conservative pundit), Creator/ArthurMiller, David Alan Grier (actor and comedian), and Clarence Leonard "Kelly" Johnson (designer of the twin-prop P-38 Lightning WW2 fighter, the P-80; America's first fighter-jet in operation, the mach 2 F-104 Starfighter, the notorious U-2 spyplane, and the record-holding fastest airplane ''ever'' built, the Mach 3 SR-71 Blackbird).

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Other famous Alumni of the University of Michigan include Raoul Wallenberg (diplomat and humanitarian), Clarence Darrow (high-profile attorney), Creator/JamesEarlJones, Creator/LucyLiu, Creator/DarrenCriss, Larry Page (co-founder of Website/{{Google}}), Charles Walgreen (founder of the Walgreens pharmacy chain), Music/{{Madonna}}, UsefulNotes/GeraldFord (38th President of the United States), Tom Brady Creator/TomBrady (quarterback of the New England Patriots), Jim Harbaugh (former quarterback for the Wolverines and now their head coach), Desmond Howard (cohost of the football version of ''College [=GameDay=]''), Richard Gephardt (congressman and presidential candidate), Dhani Jones (Travel Channel), Ann Coulter (firebrand conservative pundit), Creator/ArthurMiller, David Alan Grier (actor and comedian), and Clarence Leonard "Kelly" Johnson (designer of the twin-prop P-38 Lightning WW2 fighter, the P-80; America's first fighter-jet in operation, the mach 2 F-104 Starfighter, the notorious U-2 spyplane, and the record-holding fastest airplane ''ever'' built, the Mach 3 SR-71 Blackbird).


Michigan holds two major rivalries with other colleges, one in-state (against Michigan State University) and one out of state (against The Ohio State University). Referencing one school positively to a devotee of an opposing school is SeriousBusiness and is apt to earn you a verbal if not physical smackdown. Do note, however, that actual alumni of these universities are generally more likely to behave in GentlemanAndAScholar or WorthyOpponent manner toward each other, as they've likely had to interact professionally with colleagues from an "opposing" school at some point. The truly malignant "fans" - the people you're apt to see rioting on TV after a game - frequently never attended ''any'' of the schools involved. These individuals are colloquially known as "[=ScUM=]" and "Walmart Wolverines" at U of M, "Sparty Slappies" and "Couch Burners" at MSU, and "Suckeyes" at OSU. Also of note: the rivalry against Michigan State is overruled by the rivalry against Ohio State because the latter stems from the border dispute over the ownership of the Toledo Strip. For that reason, residents of that part of Ohio often support Michigan over Ohio State, as they're geographically closer to Ann Arbor than they are to Columbus. For this reason, if the Spartans are playing against the Buckeyes, U of M fans '''will''' root for Michigan State as the Wolverines consider themselves [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou to have a birthright to beat the Spartans]]. The U of M vs MSU game is known as match for the Paul Bunyan Trophy, whether or not said physical trophy actually exists. Interestingly there is a town in Michigan precisely half-way betwixt Ann Arbor and East Lansing, known as Fowlerville, which has a lot of local gift shops selling [[TheMerch merchandise]] in a combination of U of M's [[InsistentTerminology maize and blue]] and MSU's green and white school colors, useful for the handful of Michiganders who prefer not to take sides (though they just usually root for other schools, mostly Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, or one of the two Upper Peninsula schools, Michigan Tech in Houghton or Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie) or come from mixed families (usually humorously called "a house divided").

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Michigan holds two major rivalries with other colleges, one in-state (against Michigan State University) and one out of state (against The Ohio State University). Referencing one school positively to a devotee of an opposing school is SeriousBusiness and is apt to earn you a verbal if not physical smackdown. Do note, however, that actual alumni of these universities are generally more likely to behave in GentlemanAndAScholar or WorthyOpponent manner toward each other, as they've likely had to interact professionally with colleagues from an "opposing" school at some point. The truly malignant "fans" - the people you're apt to see rioting on TV after a game - frequently never attended ''any'' of the schools involved. These individuals are colloquially known as "[=ScUM=]" and "Walmart Wolverines" at U of M, "Sparty Slappies" and "Couch Burners" at MSU, and "Suckeyes" at OSU. Also of note: the rivalry against Michigan State is overruled by the rivalry against Ohio State because the latter stems from the border dispute over the ownership of the Toledo Strip. For that reason, residents of that part of Ohio often support Michigan over Ohio State, as they're geographically closer to Ann Arbor than they are to Columbus. For this reason, if the Spartans are playing against the Buckeyes, U of M fans '''will''' root for Michigan State as the Wolverines consider themselves [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou to have a birthright to beat the Spartans]]. The U of M vs MSU game is known as match for the Paul Bunyan Trophy, whether or not said physical trophy actually exists. Interestingly there is a town in Michigan precisely half-way betwixt Ann Arbor and East Lansing, known as Fowlerville, which has a lot of local gift shops selling [[TheMerch merchandise]] in a combination of U of M's [[InsistentTerminology maize and blue]] and MSU's green and white school colors, useful for the handful of Michiganders who prefer not to take sides (though they just usually root for other schools, mostly Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, or one of the two three Upper Peninsula schools, Michigan Tech in Houghton Houghton, Northern Michigan in Marquette, or Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie) or come from mixed families (usually humorously called "a house divided").


Michigan holds two major rivalries with other colleges, one in-state (against Michigan State University) and one out of state (against The Ohio State University). Referencing one school positively to a devotee of an opposing school is SeriousBusiness and is apt to earn you a verbal if not physical smackdown. Do note, however, that actual alumni of these universities are generally more likely to behave in GentlemanAndAScholar or WorthyOpponent manner toward each other, as they've likely had to interact professionally with colleagues from an "opposing" school at some point. The truly malignant "fans" - the people you're apt to see rioting on TV after a game - frequently never attended ''any'' of the schools involved. These individuals are colloquially known as "[=ScUM=]" and "Walmart Wolverines" at U of M, "Sparty Slappies" and "Couch Burners" at MSU, and "Suckeyes" at OSU. Also of note: the rivalry against Michigan State is overruled by the rivalry against Ohio State because the latter stems from the border dispute over the ownership of the Toledo Strip. For that reason, residents of that part of Ohio often support Michigan over Ohio State, as they're geographically closer to Ann Arbor than they are to Columbus. For this reason, if the Spartans are playing against the Buckeyes, U of M fans '''will''' root for Michigan State as the Wolverines consider themselves [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou to have a birthright to beat the Spartans]]. The U of M vs MSU game is known as match for the Paul Bunyan Trophy, whether or not said physical trophy actually exists. Interestingly there is a town in Michigan precisely half-way betwixt Ann Arbor and East Lansing, known as Fowlerville, which has a lot of local gift shops selling [[TheMerch merchandise]] in a combination of U of M's [[InsistentTerminology maize and blue]] and MSU's green and white school colors, useful for the handful of Michiganders who prefer not to take sides (though they just usually root for other schools, mostly Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, or one of the two Upper Peninsula schools, Michigan Tech in Houghton or Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie).

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Michigan holds two major rivalries with other colleges, one in-state (against Michigan State University) and one out of state (against The Ohio State University). Referencing one school positively to a devotee of an opposing school is SeriousBusiness and is apt to earn you a verbal if not physical smackdown. Do note, however, that actual alumni of these universities are generally more likely to behave in GentlemanAndAScholar or WorthyOpponent manner toward each other, as they've likely had to interact professionally with colleagues from an "opposing" school at some point. The truly malignant "fans" - the people you're apt to see rioting on TV after a game - frequently never attended ''any'' of the schools involved. These individuals are colloquially known as "[=ScUM=]" and "Walmart Wolverines" at U of M, "Sparty Slappies" and "Couch Burners" at MSU, and "Suckeyes" at OSU. Also of note: the rivalry against Michigan State is overruled by the rivalry against Ohio State because the latter stems from the border dispute over the ownership of the Toledo Strip. For that reason, residents of that part of Ohio often support Michigan over Ohio State, as they're geographically closer to Ann Arbor than they are to Columbus. For this reason, if the Spartans are playing against the Buckeyes, U of M fans '''will''' root for Michigan State as the Wolverines consider themselves [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou to have a birthright to beat the Spartans]]. The U of M vs MSU game is known as match for the Paul Bunyan Trophy, whether or not said physical trophy actually exists. Interestingly there is a town in Michigan precisely half-way betwixt Ann Arbor and East Lansing, known as Fowlerville, which has a lot of local gift shops selling [[TheMerch merchandise]] in a combination of U of M's [[InsistentTerminology maize and blue]] and MSU's green and white school colors, useful for the handful of Michiganders who prefer not to take sides (though they just usually root for other schools, mostly Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, or one of the two Upper Peninsula schools, Michigan Tech in Houghton or Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie).
Marie) or come from mixed families (usually humorously called "a house divided").


Michigan holds two major rivalries with other colleges, one in-state (against Michigan State University) and one out of state (against The Ohio State University). Referencing one school positively to a devotee of an opposing school is SeriousBusiness and is apt to earn you a verbal if not physical smackdown. Do note, however, that actual alumni of these universities are generally more likely to behave in GentlemanAndAScholar or WorthyOpponent manner toward each other, as they've likely had to interact professionally with colleagues from an "opposing" school at some point. The truly malignant "fans" - the people you're apt to see rioting on TV after a game - frequently never attended ''any'' of the schools involved. These individuals are colloquially known as "[=ScUM=]" and "Walmart Wolverines" at U of M, "Sparty Slappies" and "Couch Burners" at MSU, and "Suckeyes" at OSU. Also of note: the rivalry against Michigan State is overruled by the rivalry against Ohio State because the latter stems from the border dispute over the ownership of the Toledo Strip. For that reason, residents of that part of Ohio often support Michigan over Ohio State, as they're geographically closer to Ann Arbor than they are to Columbus. For this reason, if the Spartans are playing against the Buckeyes, U of M fans '''will''' root for Michigan State as the Wolverines consider themselves [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou to have a birthright to beat the Spartans]]. The U of M vs MSU game is known as match for the Paul Bunyan Trophy, whether or not said physical trophy actually exists. Interestingly there is a town in Michigan precisely half-way betwixt Ann Arbor and East Lansing, known as Fowlerville, which has a lot of local gift shops selling [[TheMerch merchandise]] in a combination of U of M's [[InsistentTerminology maize and blue]] and MSU's green and white school colors, useful for the handful of Michiganders who prefer not to take sides (though they just usually root for other schools, mostly Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, or one of the two Upper Peninsula schools, Michigan Tech in Houghton or Lake Superior State in Sault Ste, Marie).

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Michigan holds two major rivalries with other colleges, one in-state (against Michigan State University) and one out of state (against The Ohio State University). Referencing one school positively to a devotee of an opposing school is SeriousBusiness and is apt to earn you a verbal if not physical smackdown. Do note, however, that actual alumni of these universities are generally more likely to behave in GentlemanAndAScholar or WorthyOpponent manner toward each other, as they've likely had to interact professionally with colleagues from an "opposing" school at some point. The truly malignant "fans" - the people you're apt to see rioting on TV after a game - frequently never attended ''any'' of the schools involved. These individuals are colloquially known as "[=ScUM=]" and "Walmart Wolverines" at U of M, "Sparty Slappies" and "Couch Burners" at MSU, and "Suckeyes" at OSU. Also of note: the rivalry against Michigan State is overruled by the rivalry against Ohio State because the latter stems from the border dispute over the ownership of the Toledo Strip. For that reason, residents of that part of Ohio often support Michigan over Ohio State, as they're geographically closer to Ann Arbor than they are to Columbus. For this reason, if the Spartans are playing against the Buckeyes, U of M fans '''will''' root for Michigan State as the Wolverines consider themselves [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou to have a birthright to beat the Spartans]]. The U of M vs MSU game is known as match for the Paul Bunyan Trophy, whether or not said physical trophy actually exists. Interestingly there is a town in Michigan precisely half-way betwixt Ann Arbor and East Lansing, known as Fowlerville, which has a lot of local gift shops selling [[TheMerch merchandise]] in a combination of U of M's [[InsistentTerminology maize and blue]] and MSU's green and white school colors, useful for the handful of Michiganders who prefer not to take sides (though they just usually root for other schools, mostly Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, or one of the two Upper Peninsula schools, Michigan Tech in Houghton or Lake Superior State in Sault Ste, Ste. Marie).


South Campus is the home of the Athletic Department and home to all of the U's major athletic venues (Michigan Stadium for football, Crisler Arena for basketball, Yost Ice Arena for ice hockey, Alumni Field for baseball/softball, Canham Natatorium and Cliff Keen Gymnasium for swimming, water polo, volleyball and gymnastics, and so forth). It also houses Revelli Hall and nearby Elbel Field (the Michigan Marching Band's practice venue). Michigan Stadium has a stated capacity of 109,901 seats, which would already make it the biggest stadium in America without the common sale of standing-room-only tickets, which tend to raise ticketed game attendance well past the 115K marker. Its size has given it the nickname "The Big House", and fans are welcomed each Saturday by a thanks from the stadium announcer for being "part of the largest crowd watching a football game in America."

One of the University's more successful athletic programs is the football team. The program claims 11 national championships with the most recent one coming in 1997 when Michigan beat the Washington State Cougars. The program also claims 42 Big Ten Championships, 3 Heisman Trophy winners, and 78 All Americans. The football program is currently the most successful in college football in terms of wins and winning percentage with 895 wins and a .736 winning percentage(edging out Texas with 858 wins and Notre Dame with a winning percentage of .731). The Michigan Football team has four rivalries with other schools. They play Minnesota for the Little Brown Jug Trophy and Michigan holds a 67-22-3 record against them. They also play their in-state rivals, Michigan State for the Paul Bunyan Trophy and Michigan holds a 67-32-5 record in the rivalry. Another rivalry is against Notre Dame, in which Michigan holds a 23-15-1 record. Michigan's biggest rivalry is held on the last Saturday in the Big Ten season against Ohio State. This rivalry, often reputed to stem from the border dispute over the Toledo Strip which dates back to Michigan's initial bid for statehood, has been ranked the greatest rivalry in sports by ESPN and is simply referred to as "The Game". Michigan holds a 58-43-6 record against Ohio State.

Michigan holds two major rivalries with other colleges, one in-state (against Michigan State University) and one out of state (against The Ohio State University). Referencing one school positively to a devotee of an opposing school is SeriousBusiness and is apt to earn you a verbal if not physical smackdown. Do note, however, that actual alumni of these universities are generally more likely to behave in GentlemanAndAScholar or WorthyOpponent manner toward each other, as they've likely had to interact professionally with colleagues from an "opposing" school at some point. The truly malignant "fans" - the people you're apt to see rioting on TV after a game - frequently never attended ''any'' of the schools involved. These individuals are colloquially known as "[=ScUM=]" and "Walmart Wolverines" at U of M, "Sparty Slappies" and "Couch Burners" at MSU, and "Suckeyes" at OSU. Also of note: the rivalry against Michigan State is overruled by the rivalry against Ohio State because the latter stems from the border dispute over the ownership of the Toledo Strip. For that reason, residents of that part of Ohio often support Michigan over Ohio State, as they're geographically closer to Ann Arbor than they are to Columbus. For this reason, if the Spartans are playing against the Buckeyes, U of M fans '''will''' root for Michigan State as the Wolverines consider themselves [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou to have a birthright to beat the Spartans]]. The U of M vs MSU game is known as match for the Paul Bunyan Trophy, whether or not said physical trophy actually exists. Interestingly there is a town in Michigan precisely half-way betwixt Ann Arbor and East Lansing, known as Fowlerville, which has a lot of local gift shops selling [[TheMerch merchandise]] in a combination of U of M's [[InsistentTerminology maize and blue]] and MSU's green and white school colors, useful for the handful of Michiganders who prefer not to take sides (though they just usually root for other schools, mostly Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, or Michigan Tech in the Upper Peninsula town of Houghton).

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South Campus is the home of the Athletic Department and home to all of the U's major athletic venues (Michigan Stadium for football, Crisler Arena Center for basketball, Yost Ice Arena for ice hockey, Alumni Field for baseball/softball, Canham Natatorium and Cliff Keen Gymnasium for swimming, water polo, volleyball and gymnastics, and so forth). It also houses Revelli Hall and nearby Elbel Field (the Michigan Marching Band's practice venue). Michigan Stadium has a stated capacity of 109,901 seats, which would already make it the biggest stadium in America without the common sale of standing-room-only tickets, which tend to raise ticketed game attendance well past the 115K marker. Its size has given it the nickname "The Big House", and fans are welcomed each Saturday by a thanks from the stadium announcer for being "part of the largest crowd watching a football game in America."

One of the University's more successful athletic programs is the football team. The program claims 11 national championships with the most recent one coming in 1997 when Michigan beat the Washington State Cougars. The program also claims 42 Big Ten Championships, championships, 3 Heisman Trophy winners, and 78 All Americans. The football program is currently the most successful in college football in terms of wins and winning percentage with 895 wins and a .736 winning percentage(edging out Texas with 858 wins and Notre Dame with a winning percentage of .731). The Michigan Football team has four rivalries with other schools. They play Minnesota for the Little Brown Jug Trophy and Michigan holds a 67-22-3 record against them. They also play their in-state rivals, Michigan State for the Paul Bunyan Trophy and Michigan holds a 67-32-5 record in the rivalry. Another rivalry is against Notre Dame, in which Michigan holds a 23-15-1 record.record; it ended after the 2014 season because of Notre Dame's commitment to play five Atlantic Coast Conference schools each season,[[note]]Although Notre Dame remains a football independent, it is otherwise a full member of the ACC. In exchange for playing a partial ACC schedule, Notre Dame gets access to the ACC's bowl game lineup if it doesn't get into the College Football Playoff or its associated bowls.[[/note]] combined with the Big Ten moving to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016. Michigan's biggest rivalry is held on the last Saturday in the Big Ten season against Ohio State. This rivalry, often reputed to stem from the border dispute over the Toledo Strip which dates back to Michigan's initial bid for statehood, has been ranked the greatest rivalry in sports by ESPN and is simply referred to as "The Game". Michigan holds a 58-43-6 record against Ohio State.

Michigan holds two major rivalries with other colleges, one in-state (against Michigan State University) and one out of state (against The Ohio State University). Referencing one school positively to a devotee of an opposing school is SeriousBusiness and is apt to earn you a verbal if not physical smackdown. Do note, however, that actual alumni of these universities are generally more likely to behave in GentlemanAndAScholar or WorthyOpponent manner toward each other, as they've likely had to interact professionally with colleagues from an "opposing" school at some point. The truly malignant "fans" - the people you're apt to see rioting on TV after a game - frequently never attended ''any'' of the schools involved. These individuals are colloquially known as "[=ScUM=]" and "Walmart Wolverines" at U of M, "Sparty Slappies" and "Couch Burners" at MSU, and "Suckeyes" at OSU. Also of note: the rivalry against Michigan State is overruled by the rivalry against Ohio State because the latter stems from the border dispute over the ownership of the Toledo Strip. For that reason, residents of that part of Ohio often support Michigan over Ohio State, as they're geographically closer to Ann Arbor than they are to Columbus. For this reason, if the Spartans are playing against the Buckeyes, U of M fans '''will''' root for Michigan State as the Wolverines consider themselves [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou to have a birthright to beat the Spartans]]. The U of M vs MSU game is known as match for the Paul Bunyan Trophy, whether or not said physical trophy actually exists. Interestingly there is a town in Michigan precisely half-way betwixt Ann Arbor and East Lansing, known as Fowlerville, which has a lot of local gift shops selling [[TheMerch merchandise]] in a combination of U of M's [[InsistentTerminology maize and blue]] and MSU's green and white school colors, useful for the handful of Michiganders who prefer not to take sides (though they just usually root for other schools, mostly Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, or one of the two Upper Peninsula schools, Michigan Tech in the Upper Peninsula town of Houghton).
Houghton or Lake Superior State in Sault Ste, Marie).



Other famous Alumni of the University of Michigan include Raoul Wallenberg (diplomat and humanitarian), Clarence Darrow (high-profile attorney), Creator/JamesEarlJones, Creator/LucyLiu, Creator/DarrenCriss, Larry Page (co-founder of Website/{{Google}}), Charles Walgreen (founder of the Walgreens pharmacy chain), Music/{{Madonna}}, UsefulNotes/GeraldFord (38th President of the United States), Tom Brady (quarterback of the New England Patriots), Jim Harbaugh (former quarterback for the Wolverines and now their head coach), Desmond Howard (cohost of the football version of ''College [=GameDay=]''), Richard Gephardt (congressman and presidential candidate), Dhani Jones (Travel Channel), Ann Coulter (firebrand conservative pundit), Creator/ArthurMiller, and David Alan Grier (actor and comedian), Clarence Leonard "Kelly" Johnson (designer of the twin-prop P-38 Lightning WW2 fighter, the P-80; America's first fighter-jet in operation, the mach 2 F-104 Starfighter, the notorious U-2 spyplane, and the record-holding fastest airplane ''ever'' built, the Mach 3 SR-71 Blackbird).

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Other famous Alumni of the University of Michigan include Raoul Wallenberg (diplomat and humanitarian), Clarence Darrow (high-profile attorney), Creator/JamesEarlJones, Creator/LucyLiu, Creator/DarrenCriss, Larry Page (co-founder of Website/{{Google}}), Charles Walgreen (founder of the Walgreens pharmacy chain), Music/{{Madonna}}, UsefulNotes/GeraldFord (38th President of the United States), Tom Brady (quarterback of the New England Patriots), Jim Harbaugh (former quarterback for the Wolverines and now their head coach), Desmond Howard (cohost of the football version of ''College [=GameDay=]''), Richard Gephardt (congressman and presidential candidate), Dhani Jones (Travel Channel), Ann Coulter (firebrand conservative pundit), Creator/ArthurMiller, and David Alan Grier (actor and comedian), and Clarence Leonard "Kelly" Johnson (designer of the twin-prop P-38 Lightning WW2 fighter, the P-80; America's first fighter-jet in operation, the mach 2 F-104 Starfighter, the notorious U-2 spyplane, and the record-holding fastest airplane ''ever'' built, the Mach 3 SR-71 Blackbird).


Historically, the University owes much of its academic prestige to its then-unique status as a major competitor to the IvyLeague. In the pre-WorldWarII and [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement civil rights]] era, the Ivies were somewhat notorious for being "exclusive" in their admissions; however, the "exclusion" frequently had more to do with class, religion, and race than with merit. As the premier institutions for the upper-crust "Eastern Establishment", the Ivy League schools made an effort to keep this reputation by self-imposing harsh quotas that limited the number of non-[[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant WASP]] applicants they could accept every year (in practice, this mostly excluded Jewish and Catholic students in the Northeastern US). With few opportunities to study at an Ivy, many of these students then applied in large numbers to other less discriminatory colleges, one of which was Michigan. The school was thus able to establish a reputation as a friendly place towards Northeastern Jews and extended its student body far beyond the local Midwestern population. By the 1950s, it had gained the nickname "Harvard of the (Mid)West" and JohnFKennedy (a Harvard alum) once famously quipped that he had graduated from the "Michigan of the East" while campaigning in Ann Arbor during the 1960 presidential election. Although the Ivy Leagues have since decreased their discriminatory quota policies and now welcome applicants of all races and religions, Michigan has continued to remain a major attractive school for East Coast students to apply for college.

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Historically, the University owes much of its academic prestige to its then-unique status as a major competitor to the IvyLeague. In the pre-WorldWarII and [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement civil rights]] era, the Ivies were somewhat notorious for being "exclusive" in their admissions; however, the "exclusion" frequently had more to do with class, religion, and race than with merit. As the premier institutions for the upper-crust "Eastern Establishment", the Ivy League schools made an effort to keep this reputation by self-imposing harsh quotas that limited the number of non-[[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant WASP]] applicants they could accept every year (in practice, this mostly excluded Jewish and Catholic students in the Northeastern US). With few opportunities to study at an Ivy, many of these students then applied in large numbers to other less discriminatory colleges, one of which was Michigan. The school was thus able to establish a reputation as a friendly place towards Northeastern Jews and extended its student body far beyond the local Midwestern population. By the 1950s, it had gained the nickname "Harvard of the (Mid)West" and JohnFKennedy UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy (a Harvard alum) once famously quipped that he had graduated from the "Michigan of the East" while campaigning in Ann Arbor during the 1960 presidential election. Although the Ivy Leagues have since decreased their discriminatory quota policies and now welcome applicants of all races and religions, Michigan has continued to remain a major attractive school for East Coast students to apply for college.


Michigan holds two major rivalries with other colleges, one in-state (against Michigan State University) and one out of state (against The Ohio State University). Referencing one school positively to a devotee of an opposing school is SeriousBusiness and is apt to earn you a verbal if not physical smackdown. Do note, however, that actual alumni of these universities are generally more likely to behave in GentlemanAndAScholar or WorthyOpponent manner toward each other, as they've likely had to interact professionally with colleagues from an "opposing" school at some point. The truly malignant "fans" - the people you're apt to see rioting on TV after a game - frequently never attended ''any'' of the schools involved. These individuals are colloquially known as "[=ScUM=]" and "Walmart Wolverines" at U of M, "Sparty Slappies" and "Couch Burners" at MSU, and "Suckeyes" at OSU. Also of note: the rivalry against Michigan State is overruled by the rivalry against Ohio State because the latter stems from the border dispute over the ownership of the Toledo Strip. For that reason, residents of that part of Ohio often support Michigan over Ohio State, as they're geographically closer to Ann Arbor than they are to Columbus. For this reason, if the Spartans are playing against the Buckeyes, U of M fans '''will''' root for Michigan State as the Wolverines consider themselves [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou to have a birthright to beat the Spartans]]. The U of M vs MSU game is known as match for the Paul Bunyan Trophy, whether or not said physical trophy actually exists. Interestingly there is a town in Michigan precisely half-way betwixt Ann Arbor and East Lansing, known as Fowlerville, which has a lot of local gift shops selling [[TheMerch merchandise]] in a combination of U of M's [[InsistentTerminology maize and blue]] and MSU's green and white school colors, useful for the handful of Michiganders who prefer not to take sides (though they just usually root for other schools, mostly Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, or Michigan Tech in the upper peninsula town of Marquette).

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Michigan holds two major rivalries with other colleges, one in-state (against Michigan State University) and one out of state (against The Ohio State University). Referencing one school positively to a devotee of an opposing school is SeriousBusiness and is apt to earn you a verbal if not physical smackdown. Do note, however, that actual alumni of these universities are generally more likely to behave in GentlemanAndAScholar or WorthyOpponent manner toward each other, as they've likely had to interact professionally with colleagues from an "opposing" school at some point. The truly malignant "fans" - the people you're apt to see rioting on TV after a game - frequently never attended ''any'' of the schools involved. These individuals are colloquially known as "[=ScUM=]" and "Walmart Wolverines" at U of M, "Sparty Slappies" and "Couch Burners" at MSU, and "Suckeyes" at OSU. Also of note: the rivalry against Michigan State is overruled by the rivalry against Ohio State because the latter stems from the border dispute over the ownership of the Toledo Strip. For that reason, residents of that part of Ohio often support Michigan over Ohio State, as they're geographically closer to Ann Arbor than they are to Columbus. For this reason, if the Spartans are playing against the Buckeyes, U of M fans '''will''' root for Michigan State as the Wolverines consider themselves [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou to have a birthright to beat the Spartans]]. The U of M vs MSU game is known as match for the Paul Bunyan Trophy, whether or not said physical trophy actually exists. Interestingly there is a town in Michigan precisely half-way betwixt Ann Arbor and East Lansing, known as Fowlerville, which has a lot of local gift shops selling [[TheMerch merchandise]] in a combination of U of M's [[InsistentTerminology maize and blue]] and MSU's green and white school colors, useful for the handful of Michiganders who prefer not to take sides (though they just usually root for other schools, mostly Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, or Michigan Tech in the upper peninsula Upper Peninsula town of Marquette).
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