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Former Hawkeye Athletic Director “Bump” Elliott, dies at 94

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - The former Iowa Athletic Director known as Bump, who over saw the transformation of sports within the Big Ten has died, according to his family.

Chalmers “Bump” Elliott, passed on Saturday, Dec. 7 2019. He was 94 years old.            

"For over 75 years Bump epitomized the best values of the Big Ten athletic conference and its member institutions.  His fundamental beliefs in academic excellence, gender equality, diversity, honesty and athletic achievement guided his life and career as a student athlete, coach and administrator.  Bump proudly represented Purdue University, the University of Michigan and the University of Iowa, the Big Ten and the best of college athletics since 1943," this coming from the Elliot family who released the statement on his passing.

"Bump" became Director of Iowa Athletics in July of 1970 and wrapped up at Iowa in 1991. Elliott has notable hires in his position at Iowa including football coach Hayden Fry, wrestling coach Dan Gable and basketball coach Tom Davis among others.

According to Iowa's Athletic Department, during Elliott's time as director the Hawkeye programs saw 11 NCAA wrestling titles, three trips to the Rose Bowl and appearances in the final four in men's basketball and College World Series by the baseball team.

Elliott was also head coach of his alma mater at the University of Michigan. He was named the Big Ten Conference's most valuable player in football during the 1947 season at the tailback position.

"Bump’s pride and joy were his wife, Barbara, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and extended family.  He was a true gentleman who treated everyone with kindness and respect. Bump’s memory will live on through the thousands of men and women who loved him throughout his great life," continues the statement from the Elliott Family.

The family says details of funeral arrangements will be announced in the near future.

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