35 Facts About Bo Schembechler


Bo Schembechler played college football as a tackle at Miami University, where in 1949 and 1950 he was coached by Woody Hayes, for whom he served as an assistant coach at Ohio State University in 1952 and from 1958 to 1962.

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In 1988, Bo Schembechler assumed the role of athletic director at Michigan, succeeding Don Canham, the man who hired him as football coach in 1969.

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Bo Schembechler retired as head football coach after the 1989 season.

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Bo Schembechler left the University of Michigan in 1990 to take a job as president of Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers, which he held until 1992.

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Bo Schembechler was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1993.

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Bo Schembechler died in 2006 at the age of 77 on the eve of that year's Michigan–Ohio State football game, a historic No 1 versus No 2 showdown.

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Bo Schembechler was born and raised in Barberton, Ohio, a suburb of Akron.

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Bo Schembechler's father took the exam without having received the answers, missed one more question than the other applicant, and did not receive the promotion he coveted.

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Bo Schembechler often told the story, saying the experience taught him more about integrity than any lecture ever could have.

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Bo Schembechler attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

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Bo Schembechler played football under two legendary, and completely different, coaches.

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Bo Schembechler's concepts helped to form the foundation for football's West Coast offense.

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Bo Schembechler graduated from Miami in 1951 and earned his master's degree at Ohio State University in 1952 while working as a graduate assistant coach under Hayes, who had become OSU's head coach.

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Bo Schembechler spent five more years at the Ohio State and became one of Hayes' most trusted assistants.

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Bo Schembechler was fond of recounting the number of times that Hayes "fired" him, only to send a graduate assistant to fetch him after tempers had calmed.

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In 1963, Bo Schembechler returned to Miami University to become head coach of his alma mater.

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Bo Schembechler was a candidate vying to succeed Milt Bruhn as head coach at Wisconsin in 1967.

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Bo Schembechler's negative experience was a major factor in his convincing Bob Knight to reject Wisconsin's offer to become men's basketball head coach in 1968.

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Bo Schembechler became Michigan's 15th head coach after the 1968 season, succeeding Bump Elliott.

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Bo Schembechler was voted national coach of the year in 1969 by both the American Football Coaches Association and the Football Writers Association of America.

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Bo Schembechler never had a chance to coach against his former mentor, as scheduling commitments prevented the series from resuming until 1978, after Parseghian had left Notre Dame and was succeeded by Dan Devine.

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Bo Schembechler decided to retire at the relatively young age of 60 because of his history of heart problems and was succeeded by Michigan's offensive coordinator Gary Moeller, whom he handpicked.

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Bo Schembechler was the athletic director at Michigan from 1988 until early 1990.

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The literal meaning of the Bo Schembechler's quote was that only a current, 100 percent-committed university employee would coach the team, not Frieder, whose loyalties had just switched to Arizona State.

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Every Michigan football player who played for Bo Schembechler and stayed at Michigan for four years left Michigan with at least one Big Ten championship ring.

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From 1990 to 1992, Bo Schembechler was president of the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball.

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Bo Schembechler maintained an office at the University of Michigan's football facility, which is named Bo Schembechler Hall.

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Bo Schembechler was named a Lifetime Member of the Detroit Sports Media Association.

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Bo Schembechler hosted a pre-game show "Big Ten Ticket" on the Detroit ABC affiliate, WXYZ-TV along with sports anchor Don Shane.

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Bo Schembechler had two quadruple heart bypass operations, the first in 1976 and the second following his second heart attack.

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On Thursday, November 16,2006, although he was not feeling well, Bo Schembechler attended the funeral of his close friend and 1971 quarterback, Tom Slade.

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Bo Schembechler was taken to Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan where he was pronounced dead.

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Bo Schembechler died the day before one of the biggest games in the history of the Michigan–Ohio State football rivalry.

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Bo Schembechler is interred at Forest Hill Cemetery in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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One former player claims Bo Schembechler told him to "toughen up" when he reported an incident of Anderson fondling his testicles during an examination.

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