Bo Schembechler, 1929-2006.
A friend of a friend joked yesterday afternoon that Bo Schembechler, considering what’s at stake today, probably ducked out of that TV studio in suburban Detroit and checked into a hotel in Southfield or someplace, giving his Wolverines the ultimate motivational device. And given the pleasure he got out of beating Ohio State and cheating death, how great a weekend would that make? Only if it could be true.
Micheal Wilbon, Washington Post
“He called me personally when we won the national championship. He was so proud. I was sitting on the patio at a restaurant on Main Street about a month later and I look up and there’s Bo just standing on the sidewalk waiting for me to catch his eye. He was so proud of softball because it’s Michigan.”
Carol Hutchins, Michigan Softball Head Coach
I first met Bo Schembechler when I was a student equipment manager at Miami of Ohio in 1967 and 1968. In February 1974, Bo called and asked if I would like to be head equipment manager at Michigan. I was 23 years old and lived with my mother and grandmother. That night after meeting with Bo, my mother came in at 4 a.m. after I told her I was not going to take the job, and she told me I had to go because Bo Schembechler was going to take care of me. How right she was. I am truly lucky to have worked for such a great man.
Jon Falk, U-M Equipment Manager
He was a super coach and I’m not sure he has gotten his due as far as being one of the truly great football coaches of all-time. I’m going to miss him.
Joe Paterno, Penn State Football Coach
Today’s game, in the wake of the passing of a legend, is truly the game of the century. Let’s play it one more time for Bo. (mp3 link)