Skip to comments.Former Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler Dies
Posted on 11/17/2006 9:11:23 AM PST by Numbers Guy
Legendary University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler has died. He collapsed Friday morning at Channel 7s Broadcast House as he prepared to tape the Big Ten Ticket show.
Schemechler passed away at Providence Hospital in Southfield. He was taken to the hospital by paramedics Friday morning.
The former coach had 2 major heart attacks and 2 quadruple bypass surgeries.
Just 2 weeks ago, he had a pacemaker implanted.
Rest in peace, Bo.
I hope Woody is the first to greet you.
Very sad day.
Very sad news.
Win another one for Bo.
Damn.....well I guess he is passing up the Big Game tomorrow for the Final Game....You did well Bo....
Just WOW on the eve of a great match up no less.
God Bless the man with eternity from a Buckeye fan.
He's off to join Woody Hayes on the Great Gridiron in the Sky ...
Tragic. He's a fellow Miami University alum and I attended MU with his son also named Glenn.
He lived the ideals he preached.
God bless Bo and his family and friends.
Bo was a great coach and an even greater man. This should make tomorrow's game even more interesting.
I remember vividly going to The Game three years ago in Ann Arbor. I was walking with friends to dinner downtown and we came across a sozable crowd milling around a popular restaurant. I went closer to see what the hubbub was about. It was a crowd simply watching Bo Schembechler eating dinner in this restaurant. Fans were lined up inside to get his autograph and just say hello. He was a rock star to Michigan fans.
as a comic aside, there is a gag band called "the dead Schembechlers" who play anti-Michigan/pro-OSU gag songs in Columbus bars.
I've been a Buckeye fan my entire adult life, but today, the Big 10 lost one of its legends. May Bo find eternal peace and hopefully Woody and Bo will be able to watch this game together. RIP BO, you were a giant among men.
Hopefully they have better seats.
You are so right. This is a very sad day for us here in Michigan. We have truly lost a great friend. He was also a great spokesman for Dick Devos in his bid to unseat Governor Granholm. He will be missed by many.
How very sad. May he rest in peace.
Hail to the conquering heroes! Go Blue!
Is that Miami of Ohio?
Didn't they recently change their name to, "The reddish hued weenies??
Penn Stater here, but live close to Ann Arbor. Bo is a legend around here, and will be missed. May God grant peace and comfort to those who grieve this loss.
Oops...Bo vs. Woody
RIP Bo.You will be missed by all.
Just Miami University....
Miami was a University when Florida belonged to Spain.
Schembechler dies after collapsing during taping of show
By Tim May
The Columbus Dispatch
Friday, November 17, 2006 12:21 PM
Former Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler has died after he collapsed during a taping of his weekly television show this morning.
Schembechler, 77, underwent an operation in mid-October to have a device attached to his heart that would control his heartbeat. That operation occurred just days after he complained of discomfort while taping his weekly show and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.
He had appeared at the Wolverines' pre-Ohio State game news conference on Monday morning but said he did not plan to travel to Columbus to attend Saturday's 103rd version of The Game, which is being billed as "the game of the century," featuring No. 1-ranked Ohio State vs. No. 2 Michigan.
A former assistant coach at Ohio State under coach Woody Hayes, Schembechler gained fame in 1969 when, in his first year as Michgan coach, led the Wolverines to a 24-12 upset of top-ranked OSU. It was the first shot in what was billed as "The 10-year War" between Woody and Bo, with Schembechler holding sway 5-4-1.
Schembechler, who retired in 1989 with a 194-48-5 record at Michigan and a 234-64-8 overall mark, has a history of heart problems. He suffered a heart attack on the eve of the 1970 Rose Bowl and suffered another one in 1987. He has undergone two heart bypass operations.
He reportedly had been doing well in recent years until the episode on Oct. 20 at the television station.
Schembechler told The Detroit News recently, "When I was in the ambulance, I've got to admit, I wasn't so sure ... that I'd make it. I really wasn't. I was thinking, 'This thing is going to take me.' I snapped back out of that."
Bo was half the reason for the ten year war between the Big Two while the Little Eight warmed them up.
Rest in Peace, but "Go BUCKS!!!"
Very sad. RIP, Bo.
My favorite Bo Schembechler episode, because it showed his single-minded focus on what he did, occurred when he was the AD and Bill Frieder announced shortly before the NCAA basketball tournament that he was going to leave and coach at Arizona State. Schembechler said that if he wasn't loyal to the maize and blue he could just go ahead and leave now, and the assistant Steve Fisher coached the team in the tournament. Amazingly, they won it all. But Schembechler attended the regionals and was amazed at how many people were there. He said that he had no idea that the basketball tournament was that big -- it was almost as big a deal as the Rose Bowl, he said.
I guess now the Wolverines have something even more important to play for than a National Championship. Then again, beating Ohio State has always been more important than any championship.
Oh no! We will miss you Bo.
I'm a big OSU fan and will be going to the game tomorrow. But I've been saying all season long that Michigan would win this game (22-21) because it seemed to me that they had all of the psychological force behind them. Well, this news only adds to that. So I predict Michigan in double digits. [duck]
A great man
a great coach
and tough as nails!
"A MICHIGAN MAN will coach a Michigan team!"
That's some psychological force if you have them winning by only one point. *spit*
So I predict Michigan in double digits. [duck]
Prayers for his surviving family and all Big Blue fans. I remember watching Michigan teams as a youngster and I'm still a fan today. Beat the buckeyes!
May Coach Schembechler rest in peace. How very sad. Does anyone know his age? He and Woody will have a great time watching from above.
As much as Ohioans like to Michiganders a hard time, for my part I'd like them to know that they are not really hated, that this is just a great rivalry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss of Coach S.
I listened to Bo talk to a crop of new players years back. The ideals he expressed are the ideals we at FreeRepublic espouse, of the honorable way to achieve victory.
I was moved and inspired listening to him.
One of the the greats has gone on.
"A MICHIGAN MAN will coach a Michigan team!"
Bo is from Barberton, OHIO.
Bo went to Miami University, in OHIO.
The Quote is about the Basketball coach...