Michigan coach John Beilein talks about his team's upcoming road game against the Nittany Lions on Wednesday, and the challenge they present. James Hawkins, Detroit News
Michigan isn’t claiming the 2013 national championship.
But fans, well, they’re free to — and raise some money for charity, in the process.
The folks at SB Nation's maizenbrew.com on Tuesday night unveiled a blue t-shirt that reads in maize lettering, “NATIONAL CHAMPS, Men’s Basketball, 2013 — The Block Was Clean.” The word “Michigan” doesn’t appear on the shirt, because it’s not officially sanctioned merchandise.
But, still, the shirts could have quite an impact. The website says all proceeds will go to the ChadTough Foundation, which raises money for cancer research in the name of Chad Carr. The grandson of former Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr, Chad died in 2015 after a year-long battle with an inoperable brain tumor.
The ChadTough Foundation has become the go-to charity for Michigan athletics, and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The Michigan “championship” shirts, made by Breaking T, sell for $25 and can be purchased at breakingt.com.
The shirts are in reference to the 2013 national-championship game, won by Louisville. But Tuesday, the NCAA upheld its ruling that forces Louisville to vacate several seasons’ worth of victories, including the national championship.
As for the reference to “the block,” that was Trey Burke’s clean block that, somehow, resulted in a pivotal foul called against Michigan.
Earlier Tuesday, Michigan head coach John Beilein said his team was beaten fair and square in the championship game (Louisville won, 82-76), and would not attempt to lay claim to the national title. Michigan's lone national championship was in 1989.