Today’s blog celebrates the memory of Michigan Man Milo Sukup who went to rest in peace on this day in 1983. Before we discuss Mr. Sukup’s contributions to Michigan Football, we will look at the trivia answer for yesterday’s question and put forth the next question for you to ponder.
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What was the name of the first bowl game that Michigan won with Bo Schembechler in a hospital bed?
Trivia Question Answer for January 2, 2018: 1988 Hall of Fame Bowl
You may remember that Michigan lost Bo Schembechler’s first bowl game in January 1970 to Southern California (3-10). Unfortunately, Coach Schembecher was in the hospital recovering from a heart attack. So, Bo was 0-1 in bowl games after one season of coaching at Michigan.
Yes, Bo had trouble winning bowl games even when he was on the sidelines. In fact, he lost his first seven before notching a win in 1981 against Washington.
In January 1988, Bo was in the hospital again and recovering from heart surgery in December 1987. This time the coaches and the team had more time to react and prepare to this incident. Bo named Gary Moeller as “interim” Head Coach and Moeller knew what to do. Michigan defeated Alabama on January 2, 1988 by a score of 28-24. That win is credited to Bo, so, he finished his career with a record of 1 win and 1 loss in bowl games that he could not coach.
What Michigan team was the first to win a Sugar Bowl game?
Our Michigan Wolverine of the Day today is a man named Milo Sukup. Mr. Milo Frederick Sukup lettered on three Michigan teams from 1938 to 1940. He went to rest in peace on this day in 1983 at the age of sixty-five.
Milo Sukup was an outstanding high school athlete at Muskegon Heights High School in Muskegon, Michigan. He earned 12 varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball and track. He earned all-state honors in football and basketball. Milo was a pile-driving fullback who played on three straight state championship football teams. Wow – that’s quite a resume!
Sukup arrived in Ann Arbor in 1937 to play in the last season of the Harry Kipke Era. Of course, freshman didn’t start in those days. So, Sukup, who was listed as a halfback, learned as much as he could and looked forward to the 1938 season.
Milo Sukup was listed as a guard on the 1938 Michigan Football team. At 5 feet and 8 inches tall and 176 pounds, he was not a big man. He didn’t start any games in 1938, but he learned how to play in Fritz Crisler’s intricate Single Wing Offense. After All-American,and two-time team MVP, guard Ralph Heikinen graduated, Sukup would be a starter for his last two seasons.
The gritty Sukup started all eight games in 1939 and four more in 1938. Sadly, Sukup’s career came to a premature end when he took a shot to the head in the fourth game of his senior season against Illino+is. He was knocked unconscious from the blow to the head and spent a few days in the hospital. Just like that, his career was over.
Yes, he was an “unsung” hero on the Michigan offensive line. He threw a ton of blocks for more famous players like Tom Harmon, Forest Evashevski, Paul Kromer and Bob Westfall. Milo was a solid player on some very good Michigan teams with some very famous players.
So, today is a good day to remember Michigan Man Milo Sukup and appreciate his contributions to the great history of Michigan Football. Go Blue!
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We love the basketball teams, baseball, hockey, and every other sport that Michigan participates in. However, this site is about Wolverine Football History – everyday! That’s it, that’s what we do. Fortunately, Michigan Football has a great story to tell. So, we tell it one day, one player, one coach, and one game at a time.
In 2017, we posted 365 articles that reflected on over 1,900 Michigan Football “firsts.” Yes, that was a lot of firsts! This year we will continue to look at Michigan Football History through the lens of one trivia question per day. We will test your knowledge of Wolverine Football with a wide range of questions. Some questions will be about famous Michigan Football coaches and others will be about famous games. Some days will focus on a famous play from a memorable game and other days will look at the notable achievements of a famous player. Thanks to Michigan’s rich history, there will be no shortage of questions.
Each blog post will begin with the answer to the previous day’s question. Then, the question of the day will+ be asked. Finally, we will make sure we remember, and celebrate, at least one Wolverine coach or player with a “Happy Birthday” wish or a short remembrance for any Michigan Man who is no longer with us.
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