Michigan Wolverines: The Foundation — Part I
Rebuilding An Interesting Challenge
Michigan is fortunate in that few institutions of actual higher education can cite the background, history, and success the football program has obtained. Some, mainly the organicists, despise and heavily discount past history and its value. They focus instead on a future vision, frequently their own. Most fans of moderate involvement, especially the formist types, love the Michigan tradition and are staunch defenders, in good times and bad.
Tradition can indeed help to maintain the foundation, however as time passes, this entity becomes a mental construct that does not block, run, or tackle. Still, this mental construct has benefits. Tradition draws focused athletes, who frequently end up successful in life partly as a result of an initial investment in loyalty and commitment. Tradition is defined in some regards as accumulated championships and wins. This in turn at least catches the attention of prime student athletes. Some players will come to Michigan because of the “who we are” perception; some even by the “who we were and will be again” argument.
Michigan has not wandered much from established tradition, instead the institution has smartly used the benefits secured and has resisted the easy temptation to become overly infusive, or even gaudy, with the institute’s extremely beneficial heritage. Things change, but take the example of a popular soft drink that tried to enforce a national consumer change in cola formula with a not-so-clever marketing campaign that became predictably short-lived. The result was an immediate about- face to the traditional favorite. Michigan has done well to resist throwing out the sink.
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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — Doc4Blu
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