January 30 marks the birthday of a very, very special man! Chalmers “Bump” Elliott turns 94 years old today, and many people in Michigan and Iowa in particular know that Bump is truly a remarkable person.

Bump Elliott had an amazing record of success in athletics. He was an inaugural inductee of the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, and for good reason. Bump is the only man to participate in the Rose Bowl in five different capacities: as a player (Michigan, 1948), an assistant coach (Iowa, 1957), a head coach (Michigan, 1965), an associate athletic director (Michigan, 1970), and a head athletic director (Iowa, 1982, 1986, and 1991).

Bump left an indelible mark on two great Big Ten institutions. He was the Big Ten MVP at Michigan in 1947, helping to lead the Wolverines to a share of the national title, and he was the head coach at Michigan for ten seasons, winning the 1964 Big Ten championship in the process. At Iowa, Bump is primarily known for his 21-year tenure as the Hawkeye athletic director, where he hired some of the biggest names in Iowa sports history: Hayden Fry, Lute Olson, Tom Davis, and Dan Gable, just to name a few.

But beyond all the accolades and success, Bump Elliott is one of the most likable and respected gentlemen the Big Ten has ever known. He is universally admired by everyone he has met, because he always treated people with dignity and compassion.

I am extremely pleased to publicly announce today – on his 94th birthday – that my fifth book will be released later this year, and it will be a biography of Bump Elliott’s amazing life and career. With the cooperation of the Elliott family and featuring interviews with over 50 of the people who knew him best, this book will celebrate the life of one of the classiest men in the history of intercollegiate athletics.

Check back on this site throughout the coming weeks and months for more information about the book. Happy birthday, Bump!

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