Bennie Oosterbaan, the last Michigan football coach to win a national championship, has died. He was 84.
Oosterbaan, who was born in 1906 in Muskegon, died Thursday night in an Ann Arbor nursing home.Oosterbaan was a three-sport varsity athlete at Michigan in the 1920s, lettering in football, basketball and baseball. He led the Big Ten in touchdowns in 1925 with eight. He also was an All American in basketball, leading the conference in scoring in 1928 and topped the Big Ten in hitting in baseball.
Oosterbaan never left the university, becoming an assistant coach in 1928 and staying there until taking over as head coach in 1948. During his 11 years as head coach, Michigan won three Big Ten championships and one Rose Bowl victory, compiling a 66-33-4 record.
The Wolverines were 9-0 in 1948, the last time they won a national title.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete this morning.