The Wolverine

April 2019

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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APRIL 2019 THE WOLVERINE 19 have grown up to be so successful, and it puts it all together, the reasons, the purposeful life we try and lead. You realize that's why you coached." A HAPPY REUNION Many of those players were back in Ann Arbor Feb. 24, including most from Fisher's 1989 team and an esti- mated 200 players, coaches, managers, etc. affiliated with the program over the years. It was Fisher's first trip to Ann Arbor since 1998, and seeing his former players was the highlight. The 1989 squad enjoyed a big din- ner and reunion Saturday night before Michigan played Michigan State. "As far as the reunion, there aren't enough words that I can say or de- scribe being amongst my brothers, amongst the guys who accomplished the ultimate goal in NCAA basket- ball achievement in winning the 1989 championship," 1989 Final Four MVP Glen Rice said. "It's always an honor to be back in Ann Arbor and run the grounds of the campus again, reflect on what we achieved both on the court and off the court here, and how we not only represented ourselves and each other, how we represented the Uni- versity of Michigan." Rice got the biggest ovation when he was announced during half- time of the MSU game. He and his teammates watched the big screen intently when they showed pre- game highlights of the run. "Every time I get the opportu- nity to view the championship game, it brings back a lot of fond memories," Rice said. "Being here together this weekend is so special — getting together with your brothers, reflecting, talk- ing a little trash." Only two major contributors from that team — guard Demetrius Calip (health issues) and point guard The 1989 Wolverines captured the first and still only national championship in program history. PHOTO BY PER KJELDSEN

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