Nov 17, 2006

Remembering Bo Schembechler

Bo Schembechler 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.


Anonymous said...

You said it perfectly! This is a sad day in U of M history, but I have no doubt The Maize and Blue will make him proud tomorrow, whether they win or not! Thank you for a very touching post!

roman said...

I could not have said it any better myself. This man was well loved and will continue to be loved. My prayers go out to his family and friends.

McCaskey said...

Well done, HM.

Mark said...

A sad day indeed.

-Sepp said...

Rest in peace Bo. Kudos to a life well lived and a job well done.

Hooda Thunkit said...

It seems almost ironic somehow, that he died so close to yet another big game.

Maybe if the Good Lord had held off, just a little longer, Bo's will would have made that game turn out just a little differently.

Robert B. Scott, esq. said...

First, let me say; "I bleed Scarlett & Gray."

Bo Schembechler was a great man. It is easy to rattle off the championships and victories, but these only serve as a shorthand for his accomplishments. Coach Schembechler's greatest accomplishments are reflected in the lives of the people he coached and those who had to better themselves to compete with the level of excellence he helped establish.