ANN ARBOR, Mich. — It is still the University of Michigan, and all that means in college football. The Wolverines still wear the winged helmets. They still sing the best fight song on God’s green earth. They still go to work in Schembechler Hall, and they still wear the maize and blue.
In the spring after going 3-9, they are still the Michigan Wolverines. One season removed from the most losses in the school’s 130 years of football, they profess no doubt that 2008 will go down as a freak event, a snowstorm in July, say, or Keith Olbermann in repose.
Take the Sept. 27 home game against Wisconsin. The Wolverines trailed the Badgers 19-0 at halftime.