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Important numbers in U-M history

80-71: Legendary coaches Schembechler and Yost take center stage

Updated: July 16, 2012, 5:42 PM ET
By Chantel Jennings | WolverineNation

Over the coming weeks, WolverineNation staff writer Chantel Jennings will be examining some of the most important numbers in the history of Michigan athletics. Today, she takes a crack at Nos. 80 through 71.

80

Percent -- Former Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler's all-time winning percentage.

79

Year -- Beginning in 1979, Diane Dietz wowed women's basketball crowds at Michigan and in 1996 she became the first female basketball player to be inducted into the Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor. Even 30 years later, she still holds the career scoring record (2,076 points), the single-game scoring record (45 points) and the record for most field goals made in a single game (18).

78

Yards -- Charles Woodson returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown against Ohio State in 1997. Michigan would go on to win, 20-14.
Runner-up: Football became Michigan's second varsity sport in 1878. The first varsity sport was baseball in 1865.

77

Jersey -- The No. 77 football jersey has become an iconic one for Wolverines offensive linemen. Currently, left tackle Taylor Lewan sports the uniform. Previously, names such as Jake Long and Jon Jansen wore it.

[+] EnlargeFielding Harris Yost
AP PhotoOpponents had a hard time scoring against Fielding Yost's teams.

76

Jersey -- Offensive guard Steve Hutchinson wore No. 76 for four years for the Wolverines. He was a four-year starter, four-time All-Big Ten selection, two-time All-American, two-time captain and didn't allow a single sack during his junior and senior seasons at Michigan. He was drafted in the first round of the 2001 NFL draft but continued to be involved at Michigan, helping to start the Griese/Hutchinson/Woodson golf tournament in 2007, which raises money for C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

75

Year -- On Nov. 8, 1975, the Michigan football team began its streak of 100,000-plus fans at every home game.

74

Percent -- The best winning percentage ever recorded by the Michigan volleyball team, set twice (2008 and 2009).

73

Year -- The 1973 hockey season was the first year that the now-iconic Yost Ice Arena was used for hockey. Previously, it was used as a field house then as a basketball arena.

72

Points -- The total number of points scored against the Wolverines in former Michigan football coach Fielding Yost's first six seasons, from 1901-06.

71

Percent -- Michigan football's current all-time winning percentage.
Runner-up: The 1971 Michigan football season. The Wolverines were just one point away from an undefeated season, after going 11-0 in the regular season. They lost to Stanford in the Rose Bowl 13-12, but it still stood as the first of three undefeated Big Ten seasons for Schembechler at Michigan.