As a lifelong Maize and Blue fan, I am saddened to hear that former Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler died today after taping a TV show on the eve of the Wolverines' No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle with rival Ohio State.
Bo coached the Wolverines from 1969 until 1989, winning a total of 194 games, losing only 48, with a winning percentage of .796 in his time with the team. The coach led the Wolverines to a total of 17 bowl games in 21 years, and his teams won or shared 13 Big Ten titles and made 10 Rose Bowl appearances.
I cannot recall Michigan football without Bo, and The Game will seem very different without him.
There were times when I would cuss at Bo (through the television, of course) for his sometimes-conservative playcalling, but Michigan teams were always well-prepared, disciplined, and composed of players who bought into his system.
I originally planned to post a prediction about The Game (Michigan 31, OSU 27 is what I read in the swirling tea leaves), but the death of Bo Schembechler makes the game seem a little less important.
Bo: it has been a pleasure to know you, and you brought a great deal of joy to people struggling in the middle of the Rust Belt. On fall Saturdays in the 1970s and 1980s, the problems of the world could be momentarily put aside for a few hours.