Hoosier Morning

Struggles have left Michigan taking one game at a time, not looking at the big picture with Indiana coming to town, Mike writes.

Michael Plume was found at the end of a noose on scaffolding outside the construction of Memorial Stadium in 1960, but was it murder or suicide, Ken Bikoff of HoosierFlash.com writes.

Tevin Coleman has learned to both take and dish out hits as a running back under the radar, Lindsay Schnell of SI.com writes.

Brady Hoke and Michigan are preparing for Tevin Coleman’s big-play ability, Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com writes.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery found solace from the coaching fraternity amid personal tragedy, including a phone call from Tom Crean, Mike Lopresti of NCAA.com writes.

Michigan hopes to resurrect its moribund offense against Indiana, Angelique S. Chengelis of The Detroit News writes.

With Michigan not at its best, Indiana has a chance to snap a 47-year losing streak in Ann Arbor, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

For all the ghosts that haunt Memorial Stadium, here’s Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band with “Murder Incorporated.”


  1. Having lived in this town for over 17 years I had never heard of the Michael Plume story before. It almost felt like reading a noir book. Part of me thinks it is crazy that something happened like this in Bloomington but then you realize just how many things have happened to young people in this town over the years that have been left with no true resolution, just lingering questions and theories at best.

  2. A theory not examined up by Bikoff…..

    Could it be possible that Plume was engaged in “autoerotic asphyxiation” activities with an airman partner/roommate(possibly in the smoking room where nooses had previously been seen) and it was there, not at the Memorial Stadium scaffolding site, that something went horribly wrong..? Is it possible the body was then taken in a “fireman’s bag”(leaving shoes clean) to the scaffolding site by the other individual/is in order to make an accidental death(surrounding an act that would clearly cause severe humiliation and loss of military status for the other airman/airmen engaged in the “crude and vulgar” behavior) look like one man’s suicide…?. Could it be the covering up of an accidental death rather than murder?

  3. I pray Michael Blume’s parents, and all the parents who lose a child, will find peace some day. I can’t imagine what they have endured.

  4. Bikoff’s article is riveting. I remember the incident but did not know the story. This is the stuff books and movies come from. Maybe some graduate would/could/should use this event for a thesis or research for a post graduate degree. I am afraid I’d be a little like William Plume, I’d never give up.

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