November 17, 2006, - 12:01 pm

A Football Great Gone: Glen “Bo” Schembechler, RIP; Inspiration for Michigan Victory Over OSU

By Debbie Schlussel
A college football great and coaching legend, Glenn “Bo” Schembechler, passed away this morning of a massive heart attack at age 77.
He was coach at the University of Michigan for many years, including the beginning of my tenure as an undergrad there.
Schembechler was rushed to the hospital, this morning, after collapsing while taping his Saturday local college football show at Detroit’s Channel 7/WXYZ-TV. He passed away at the hospital.
The timing is strangely auspicious because it’s just on the eve of what is probably the biggest college football contest of the season and one of the most important in Michigan football history, this weekend’s contest between #1 Ohio State University and #2 (for now) University of Michigan.

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I predict that Michigan players will “win one for the Gipper” and react to Bo’s death by winning this gridiron contest in his memory and honor, tomorrow. Schembechler was from Ohio, but grew to be a true Maize & Blue Michigan Wolverine. Read the piece from excellent sports columnist, Michael Rosenberg (quickly becoming one of my fave sports writers), about his son, “Shemy’s,” “intermarriage” with an Ohio State fan.
It’s a sad day on Moscow on the Huron a/k/a the People’s Republic of Ann Arbor (with apologies to Moscow), even though Bo was a Republican.
Bo Schembechler, Rest in Peace. And Go Blue.

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4 Responses

What a great and beloved man was Bo. For those of us who watched what he did with U-M, he will be there in our minds for a long time as a voice of strength. He is one of those guys who always emphasized “THE TEAM” as being more important than getting your own name in lights.
Thanks for a great life and contribution Bo! We will miss you.

BB on November 17, 2006 at 2:45 pm

Interestingly, that Michigan-Ohio State “mixed” couple was interviewed on WCBS News Radio 88 here in NY this morning as a side piece to commentary on the big game.
College football is one of the few sports I’m not really into, so I’ll root for UMich for you :-)

hairymon on November 17, 2006 at 11:25 pm

R.I.P., Bo!
I was a Wolverine fan for years until they screwed over Jennifer Gratz – and now their “Presidentress” refuses to abide by the law.
But today, instead of rooting for Ohio State, I’ll remain neutral in honor of Bo.

Rocketman on November 18, 2006 at 12:29 pm

OSU fans offer our condolences.
YUP, UNFORTUNATELY, IN THIS CASE, MY PREDICTION DID NOT COME TRUE. BUT, AT LEAST, IT’S ONLY A FOOTBALL GAME AND NOT SOMETHING THAT WILL AFFECT OUR LIVES. CONGRATS TO THE BUCKEYES, 42-39 OVER MEECHIGAN.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Boycott Watch on November 19, 2006 at 12:33 am

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