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Saturday, November 18, 2006

BREAKING NEWS - BO SCHEMBECHLER DEAD AT 77

Former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler, the face of Michigan football for the past three and a half decades, has passed away.

Schembechler, who coached the Wolverines for 21 years and compiled a 194-48-5 record, fell ill while taping a television show at WXYZ-TV in Southfield.

95 comments:

Andy said...

Sad day.
Incredible timing.

RIP Coach. Thanks for everything you did.

Go Blue.

Can't spell Lloyd without 2 "L's" said...

Very sad. Incredible timing is correct. God bless you.

I can only imagine Bo kicking Woody in the ass right now, wherever they may be...

Anonymous said...

the day before one of the biggest games in Michigan history.. insane.
RIP

Anonymous said...

Onward, soldiers of the Maize and Blue. For Bo, we must prevail.

john a holladay said...

I am sorry to hear of your loss. I am South Carolina gamecock fan and Sc and UM played twice in the 1980's. In 1980 Sc and George Rogers upset UM 17-14 at the big house. In 1985 UM whipped SC 34-3. A great coach and man. RIP Bo.

numbereleven said...

Hook 'em, Bo. RIP.

Beban said...

Thoughts and prayer, gents. It's going to be a surreal day tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

From a Trojan fan, my deepest sympathy to family and friends.

Such horrendous timing, but there is no time table for our time to be called.

Best of luck tomorrow.
Fight on!
Cory

Anonymous said...

From an Ohio State fan: Very sorry to hear about Bo's passing away. He will be missed.

srudoff said...

RIP Bo :(

Anonymous said...

Awful news. Class act. Coaching Legend.

All rivalry aside, prayers are with his family and all you Blue fans who are feeling his loss.

I read this blog all the time, its very entertaining and addictive, and even I enjoy the anti-Buck humor (the Buckstache is legendary).
Anyway, I extend to all you Maize and Blue lads my deepest sympathies.

- Buckeye in Oviedo, Florida

Brad said...

RIP Bo. We know you'll be watching tomorrow.

SoonerStats said...

Very sad to hear this. My condolences to the Schembechler and Wolverine families. RIP Bo.

Steve said...

I can't think of a better celebration of Bo's life than than the the great rivalry game that is about to be played... A rivalry built not on hatred but mutual respect.

On behalf of all true Buckeye fans, RIP Bo, we'll look at you with the same respect we look at Woody... a rivalry unmatched, a respect transcending.

Anonymous said...

Great coach. Great man. From an SC perspective, great game every time. Sad to see him go.

Anonymous said...

Condolences to the family. RIP Bo. Go Blue.

MGOBLUE94 said...

Bo will be remembered always and you he made this progam what is today and the rivalry that is MICHGIAN/osu.

RIP ... GO BLUE!!

1201 S. Main St. said...

What a devestating day. Bo was a Michigan Man through and through. He ran a successful and clean program and was the reason UM has so much pride in it's modern football program. Thank you Bo.

Scott Boswell said...

Hook 'em Bo.

Now go win one for the gipper Michigan!

Scarlet & Gray Matters said...

Prayers for the Schembechler and Michigan family.

Anonymous said...

RIP Bo! We Love and miss you very dearly! We know you'll be watching tomorrow and the biggest day and biggest game in Michigan football history will be played for you!

Anonymous said...

Fight On Bo! You are one of the reasons why college football is so special.

Anonymous said...

Extremely sad day. Timing pretty ironic, RIP BO Thanks for memories at A-squared.

GO BLUE!

WillinSacto said...

God Bless You Bo! You were one of the best around!

Dead Schembechlers said...

BO SCHEMBECHLER: OSU'S MOST VALIANT FOE: The band is crushed to learn of the death of Bo Schembechler. We named this band after Coach Schembechler to honor him as the face of Wolverine football. We have never wished ill will upon him in any way and have always wished him the best. When we learned that Bo had seen our web site and was amused by it we were delighted. We were simply delighted. He said to those with him as he read it, "See, I still matter in Columbus!" That may have been the greatest understatement in football history. We believe that he took the band's name as the compliment that it was meant as and that he was flattered by it. We wish to extend our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to his family. We are truly sorry for their loss.

Jim said...

One of the greatest coaches I personally can remember. May tomorrow's game and sportsmanship regardless of the outcome, be a joy for Bo to watch from above. He now enjoys one of the best seat's in any stadium.

MaliBuckeye said...

Wow-

Even growing up in Ohio, we knew Bo as another class act from the "Cradle of coaches" at Miami, even if he did work up north. An amazing coach who left an awesome legacy for Michigan, the Big 10, "The Game", and college football as a whole.

He will be missed.

surrounded in columbus said...

to their credit, the ozone has a very nice tribute and reposting of some their earlier pieces on Bo, the rivalry, and his impact on not only michigan, but tosu football, too.

PeckHorn78 said...

The official capacity of Michigan Stadium now stands at 107,502.

Thank you and RIP, Bo. Ufer's "Football Valhalla" just dramatically increased in size.

HomeFries94 said...

As an SC alum, I remember seeing Bo in my first Rose Bowl as a Trojan.

Forever a class act. Fight On, Bo!

p.s. what's the line on when we see couches burning in C-bus?

Paleobiology said...

RIP, Bo.

Now go out there, Wolverines, and whoop the Buckeyes for Bo's sake.

/ND fan
//Bo was a great coach, and a great character in the CFB pantheon.

Buckeye Jim said...

I am a Buckeye living in Livonia and have always had a great deal of respect for our classy arch rivals. I am deeply saddened by the loss of such a great man. My condolences go out to his family and to the entire UM community. We Buckeyes are grieving with you.

Sad, Sad day. God speed Coach Bo, may you rest in peace.

Jim

God is Dead said...

Peace, out, Bo.

F***in' A. This hurts. The timing seems karmic.

I wish the band could have given him a "Bo" like they did with Ufer.

Anonymous said...

My deepest condolences from a Gamecock; he was one of the best and his love and passion for Michigan football and football itself was plain to see, it's really too bad it had to happen right before the big game tomorrow. Gamecock nation's prayers and thoughts are with the Michigan program.

kvum97 said...

Bo must have wanted to watch the game from heaven with his friend and rival, Woody by his side. RIP Bo and good thoughts and symathy to his family.

POJO_Risin said...

From a Buckeye fan, who is looking forward to one of the truly great games in college history tomorrow...

My heart goes out to the Michigan faithful. People outside of this rivalry really don't get it.

I'm sure Woody has a seat for Bo all lined up for the game tomorrow...granted...probably not to close.

In all seriousness, this is a sad day for this rivalry.

Let's hope that tomorrow's game is an incredible eulogy to what Bo helped build, not only Michigan and Ohio State, but the Big 10.

RIP Bo!

Anonymous said...

homefries,

way to be the only asshole in a tribute to a great coach. say your condolences and move on.

Anonymous said...

OSU campus update - the sign outside the Newport where the Dead Schembechler's are playing tonight now says "God Bless Bo."

Classy

Anonymous said...

Bo's parting shot:

Like Charles Shultz dying on the day the last Peanuts comic was published or John Adams and Thomas Jefferson dying on July 4th, if Bo's death inspires his team he will be smiling down on the Horseshoe.

The demonization will hopefully take a step down Bo was an icon and the Buckeyes may never have a more worthy opponent. Bottom line: the Biggest Game in the Greatest Rivalry just got bigger. Woody67

Anonymous said...

From a Buckeye, may God bless Bo and his family.

wds4usc said...

I am so sorry. I have lots of great memories of Rose Bowls past and his great run as "assistant coach" of the basketball national champs. Courage and Fight On!!!

Brickeye said...

I respected the hell out of Bo and I am deeply saddened by this loss. RIP Bo

Ali Haji-Sheikh said...

According to the Wolverine.com Bo got to address the team one last time yesterday and he fought through tears to share some of his memories. What a fitting final act for a great Michigan Man. GOD BLESS HIS COTTIN' PICKIN' MAIZE AND BLUE HEART! GO BLUE!

Junkyard Dawg said...

Sad day for college football. Condolences from Bulldawg Nation. Go Blue! Win it for Bo.

Anonymous said...

From a Trojan fan RIP Bo....A total class act. The way a coach should be

Richard Cranium said...

I wish he could have hung on one more day to see this epic game.

Pest in Peace, Bo

TitleIX said...

Shell-shocked....
Bo was an amazing man on many many levels.
I met Bo while his wife Millie was in the University Hospital battling cancer. I wandered into a darkened waiting room to get a soda out of the machine, and realized that someone else was in the room with me.

It was Coach, sitting alone in the dark.

Of course, I stammered an apology for interrupting etc. and he got up, came over to me, asked me my name and my role at the hospital, I was able to get my answer out and then, he shook my hand and said, 'your parents must be very proud of you'

Unbelievable.

Here's to the heart of Michigan Football.
G-d Bless Bo, and GO BLUE

rcartman28 said...

I was so saddened to hear about the loss. All my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. God bless, Bo, and may you and Woody enjoy the game together tomorrow.

Go Blue.

Anonymous said...

RIP Bo. We will miss you. Thank you for what you have done not only for the game, but for the entire Michigan family.

Anonymous said...

titleix, your post made me tear up. I had heard about his hospitalization when it was first reported on Cold Pizza. I am so saddened to hear this, and cried a little when his passing was first addressed. Such a sad day for Michigan fans, Big 10 fans, and college football fans. Let's hope, no matter what the outcome, that tomorrow's game live and surpass the hype. Let's all show some class not just for the coach Bo was, but for the man he was.

Go Blue

Anonymous said...

Remember, before he was a Wolverine he was a Buckeye. With that said, both schools have lost a legend. May he enjoy the game from that great pressbox in the sky. Rest in Peace Coach.

kwajtiger said...

On the behalf of the entire Auburn family, our condolences to the Shembechler and Michigan familes.

God bless you, Coach.

jg6544 said...

A giant is gone; a real giant. It's a sad day for this Longhorn fan, so I can imagine how tough it must be for the Maize and Blue nation. There's only one thing you can do - play tomorrow's game for Bo.

Go Blue!

Anonymous said...

I didn't particularly enjoy watching Bo coach live the three times I saw him, because each time (Anthony Carter, Jamie Morris, John Kolesar) the Wolverines won. But I share the deep respect, the sadness, and the warm wishes for his friends and family that have already been expressed.

With sincere sympathy,

Brian in Columbus

Anonymous said...

RIP, Bo. Very sad day.

Was there an Ohio State v. Michigan rivalry before Bo and Woody???

Fight on,

Ryan

Anonymous said...

Very Sad-

I appreciate the condolonces of the 'dead schembechlers'. I can't help but be a little offended if they still do a concert filled with michigan hate on the day coach schembechler passes. True class would be to not have the concert.

RIP-
Go Blue!

trojan mike said...

FIGHT ON , Coach! You gave so much to football. You will be missed but not forgotten.

Beat OSU!

beast in 'bama said...

Ironically, my favorite memory of Bo was the 1989 NCAA basketball tournament. I loved it when he said the coach who left (whose name escapes me) was not a "Michigan man" and how he stepped into the spotlight as AD, taking pressure off the team on its road to the championship.

God, he was a tough son of a gun.

A coach's coach.

Beaker said...

No disrespect to Mr. Jackson, but there was only one Bo. Ol Woody's probably cussing him out right now accusing him of timing this whole thing on purpose...

Anonymous said...

RIP Bo. You are special even to us who came after your time.

Enjoy the best seats in the house. We love you.

phoennix10 said...

I was a freshman Bo's last year on the sideline and I remember the "kow-tow" cheer every time they introduced Bo at the stadium.

I was devestated when he announced his retirement later that year.

Bo IS Michigan Football.

Anonymous said...

Buckeye fan: RIP Bo. Thank you for the memories, you will be missed.

Anonymous said...

A part of my childhood is gone but not forgotten. Lots of great stories
being told today. I still love the one where Bo kicked Bill Frieder to
the curb saying "A MICHIGAN MAN is going to coach a MICHIGAN team" that
was great............

They just had John Cooper on and he cracked me up. He said when he beat
Bo in the Rose Bowl it was because he had better players at ASU not
that he outcoached Bo. He said the Ohio State fans thought he could do
it all the time and they were wrong" Now thats great............


They also had a great stat on. Durring the 10 year war Woody's team
thru 3 TD passes, Bo's team thru 4.


Tomorrow first play for Michigan is a run up the gut. You can bet on
it..............


I will be at the Sportsbar in my Bo block M hat and AC # 1jersey and
toast him right before kickoff. One of my highlights I got to shake his
hand after the Fiesta Bowl win against Nebraska when Jammie Morris ran
wild in the second half..........


scott (BO RIP GO BLUE!)

JimmyV said...

Bo: You will always be the man, a great coach and a better person. You will have the best seat in the house tomorrow. Thanks for making and creating Michigan Football to what it is today and in the future.

RIP

GO BLUE!!

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace.

Hook'em and Hail to the victor!

Matt said...

Goodbye, Bo. You are a legend of American sport and will be sorely missed. And I say this as a fan of both Notre Dame and Ohio State. Any Buckeye who knows much about the history of the OSU-Mich rivalry will know that it is what it is today because of Woody and Bo and, I say God bless the both of them for it. We should all imagine the two friends and rivals watching The Game together tomorrow and smile for it. A legend at Michigan, an alumnus of Ohio State, and a native son of Ohio. My sympathies go out to the Schembechler and Michigan families.

Ardent Buckeye Fan said...

I was very saddened upon hearing the news of Bo's passing. I'm hoping my fellow ardent Buckeye Fans will reflect on his loss, and remember the honor that both Woody and Bo brought to our great historic rivalry. My condolences to the Coach's family and fans.

Carolina Trojan said...

I am a die-hard Trojan alum, but I have Michigan blood in my family and grew up rooting for the Wloverines in So Cal and loving Bo. I was honored as an SC student to have attended Bo's last game at the Rose Bowl, even though we sent him out with a loss (he did get us the year before). Bo, thanks for the childhood memories and helping shape my ideals of what college football is all about. Give Woody crap up there tomorrow while you watch the game and throw one back with Coach McKay as he gets ready for our battle with the Hippies afterwards!

Condolences Wolverines - but he bleed blue and you should be proud he was one of yours - as I'm sure you all are!

Fight On & Go Blue
Carolina Trojan

TitleIX said...

From Mary Sue Coleman via e-mail:
"A part of the University of Michigan died today with the untimely passing of Bo Schembechler.

Few people exceed their reputations. Bo was the exception. He was forever dedicated to Michigan, to our students, our alumni and our fans.

His contributions on the athletic field are legendary. Yet Bo's impact at Michigan goes well beyond the hash marks of Michigan Stadium, and we should always remember the depth of his contributions to a university he loved.

Bo was a teacher and a mentor. He was a benefactor who believed in the promise of cancer research at Michigan. And as he showed us just this semester, he was a student eager to learn. He loved the life and vitality of a university, and he contributed mightily to the culture and traditions of the University of Michigan.

Bo believed learning and excellence went hand-in-hand. He helped to shape the lives of generations of U-M students, and that is a timeless tribute to the dedication he showed our university.

"Leadership" is part of the Michigan lexicon. Bo helped to make this so, both on and off the field.

Never again will we know the likes of Bo Schembechler. And while we are saddened and stunned by his death, we are also filled with the gratitude that comes with warm memories. As individuals and as a university community, we enjoyed the privilege of knowing Bo and benefiting from his irrepressible personality and loyalty. He made Michigan a better university."

Mary Sue Coleman
President

Anonymous said...

bad timing- wrong
he did it so that the team as a whole will play their hearts out.
also another note about timing- bo shared the same birthday as bob ufer, who died twenty five years ago this week!
guess he wanted to watch judgement day with god!

BO IS michigan football

kevinbgood621 said...

Bo finally took his timeout for the most effect . Thanks Bo for the phantom touchdowns , great games and being a class act . Bo knew football and he was great freinds with Woody Hayes , his mentor . Really feeling like the game of the century is brewing . With a tear in my eye ... GO BLUE !

Adam said...

Those Who Stay Will Be Champions!

The Hell with Notre Dame!

General Geroge Patten Schembechler will be Missed. Honk! Honk! Honk!

Go Blue!

Ali Haji-Sheikh said...

Let's clear a few misstatements up:

Bo was not an osu alum, he was a Miami (OH) alum where he played under woody. Bo was an assistant under woody at osu.

Ufer died 25 years ago October 26, not this week.

Bo will not be watching the game from above with woody or John McKay. He'll be sitting with Yost, Crisler, Canham and Ufer.

GO BLUE!

Ungar Kelt said...

Without Bo, the big game wouldn't be the Big Game. Every coach that will ever lead the maize & blue will forever dwell in his shadow.

Bo always found a way to motivate his team and get the best out of them - in his passing today, he is just as inspirational as ever, inspiring this great 2006 team and future Michigan teams to play with honor, courage, and dignity.

God Bless him, I feel like I've lost a close uncle.

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Nik said...

A coaching legend has left us. And what sad timing. Prayers to Schembechler's family, friends and all those in Maize and Blue from Sooner Nation. Win it for Bo! GO BLUE!

College Football at Fumbled.org said...

The night before this season's biggest College Football game, College Football lost one of the best coaches in NCAA history. The former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler died today at 77. In reports presented by ESPN and ABC news; Schembechler's heart may have not been able to take all the excitement and build-up of tomarrow's game. It is also stated that he had a heart-attack the night before the Rose Bowl in 1970. Schembechler was a seven-time Big Ten coach of the year, compiling a 194-48-5 record at Michigan from 1969-89. His record in 26 years of coaching was 234-65-8. He never had a losing season. Impressive! Read More...

Anonymous said...

I am the biggest Ohio State fan you'll ever meet but I have all the respect in the world for Bo. He was a first class individual through and through. My high school football coach in NE Ohio played for Bo in the 60's. He himself became a legend of coaching in the high school ranks. Tragically, our coach passed away after a long bout with cancer several years ago. Bo drove all the way from Michigan to attend the calling hours. Even though Bo had thousands of players over the years, it was evident that each one of them was considered part of his family.

Bo was a legend that deserves the utmost respect from fans of all aligences.

Godspeed Bo and thank you for all you've done.

Anonymous said...

Prayers and sympathy for the entire Michigan family. We are truly blessed to have been left with the legacy of Bo. IT'S GREAT TO BE A MICHIGAN WOLVERINE!!!

Anonymous said...

My entire family are rabid OSU fans, BUT - I have the utmost respect and admiration for coach Schembechler. The rivalry between him and Woody was legendary and a great boost for the Big Ten and College football in general. Bo and Woody knew how to play up there supposed "hate" to increase interest in the Michigan - OSU rivalry. I am saddened to hear of his passing - a great loss for Michigan, the Big Ten and College Football and all of us who love the game.

Anonymous said...

Wow, imagine how big a deal this would be if he won, you know, a national championship.

You will be missed, Bo. Good coaches who are way overrated deserve a place in heaven too.

Go Blue.

Anonymous said...

anon 10:44 - Go fuck yourself.

10-0-1 and OSU gets voted to the Rose Bowl and that's Bo's fault at his death? Maybe he got outcoached once in a while. )Not in the third quarter, BTW._ His teams did not get out-toughed. Seriously, if your only measure is a BCS NC standard to a non -BCS coach, you should just shuffle on down to Miami or some other FB factory. Maybe travel down 23 to start. We're better than that. We're more than that.

(We're even better than my opening remark, but just as Bo was all about communication. so too did I wish to be, in case paragraphs scared you, or your lips got tired. Whoops, there I go again, communicating at your level.)

Bo = Michigan
Bo = Football
You = STFU

Mwolv said...

Someone.. Once said -
"When you were born and you cried, the world rejoiced... Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice"

Bo was such an inspiration.

Go Blue..

Ali Haji-Sheikh said...

anon 10:44--and ignorant "fans" like you who take anonymous cheap shots at people on the day of their death deserve a place in Hell, enjoy. Your "Go Blue" is an insult to true Michigan fans everywhere. Please have the courage to identify yourself so you can feel the wrath of the millions of true Michigan fans around the world.

Anonymous said...

anon 10:44--Bo did win a national championship for Michigan...in 1989 when he fired a class-less ass and psuedo-michigan man like you, Bill Frieder.

asolomon said...

I know some Buckeyes who think this is just a motivational ploy and that BO is still alive and well. As someone intimately familiar with the greatest rivalry in sports, I understand their skepticism.

I just view it as BO's ultimate and last sacrifice on the eve of the biggest BIG GAME. Last night, I was watching some stuff on BO and I was reminded about BO's first game against tOSU -- the 1969 game when Michigan beat the Buckeyes who arrived in Ann Arbor as a 17 point favorite, the defending national champions, and the #1 ranked team with a 22 game winning streak. In the previous year, the Bucks had beaten the Wolverines 50-14 in Columbus. Bo talked about the end of the '68 game when Woody went for 2 after scoring a late touchdown to go ahead 48-14; when they asked Woody why he went for 2, he said "because I couldn't go for 3." Bo re-told the story with a big grin on his face. The same big grin that will be on the faces of all Michigan fans later this afternoon. Thanks for everything, Coach. RIP

87 Alum said...

I remember going to games and I was even lucky enough meet and shake his hands once. He shook my hand with a big smile as I addressed him as "Coach Schembechler" I am very very saddened. God bless Bo and his family.

Anonymous said...

Rest easy, Bo.

Win one for Bo, boys.

Anonymous said...

RIP BO
GO BLUE

Anonymous said...

I'm seeing a lot of class here from a lot of fans from all over the country. This Wolverine certainly appreciates that and returns the respect. No matter what happens today: Thank you, Woody. Thank you, Bo. RIP.

GO BLUE!

Steve Jackson said...

The true end of an era. I grew up in Columbus, went to OSU and was a sports editor for the Lantern..... Bo was a great coach and a great person. Michigan and Ohio State are great schools with great athletic programs. Woody and Bo are together again..... Heaven will NEVER be the same!!!!

Anonymous said...

R.I.P Bo

Forever remembered a great sports icon for Michigan.

Anonymous said...

You will live on in my family as well as the UofM family forever. Our personal experiences when we've crossed your path are truly special. You are my idol and I hope you will be my son’s idol as he grows. I will reflect on your strong morals and guiding ethics to help lead me into the future.
You are not gone you are in a better place.
Give Bob a hug for us! We miss you both!

Go BLUE!

TitleIX said...

there's a spontaneous collection of flowers, letters, notes, balloons etc growing in front of Schembechler Hall on State Street.

The family has opened up a public visitation tomorrow at St. Andrews Episcopal Church from Noon to 3PM and there will be a celebration of life in the Stadium Tuesday at 1 PM

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