Victors Walk excites Wolverines fans

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- I've returned to the press box after watching the Victors Walk, a new tradition at Michigan in which players and coaches walk about 200 yards past Crisler Arena and into Michigan Stadium. A lot of teams do something like it and this walk wasn't particularly unique aside from the fact that it happened at Michigan. Before this season, the Wolverines' buses would pull up right outside the stadium, so it wasn't much of a spectacle.

Several hundred fans lined the path and the Michigan marching band greeted the team buses, which carried the 70 players and coaches who made the trip from the team hotel.

New coach Rich Rodriguez was first off the bus and walked with his son Rhett, while his wife Rita and daughter Raquel followed close behind. RichRod had his game face on, barely acknowledging the crowd as he approached the stadium. He shook some hands before entering the locker room. One fan lining the path held up a 1997 Michigan National Championship banner.

Not sure if they planned it this way, but Michigan's starting secondary -- cornerbacks Donovan Warren and Morgan Trent and safeties Stevie Brown and Brandon Harrison -- walked together at the back of the group.