I have fond memories of going to Michigan football games at The Big House on Saturday mornings during football season from 1988 to 1992. Bo Schembechler is big part of my memory from those early days. Plus I remember how crushed we all were when he retired. He is a legend who will be greatly missed.
Football Legend Bo Schembechler Passes Away
November 17th 2006
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Legendary football coach Bo Schembechler passed away Friday morning (Nov. 17) due to heart failure at Detroit Providence Hospital at the age of 77.
As the winningest head coach in Michigan football history, Bo Schembechler’s teams won or tied for an impressive 13 Big Ten championships during his 21-year tenure. Under Schembechler’s guidance, Michigan’s 96-10-3 regular season record through the decade of the 1970s was the nation’s best. He guided 17 teams to postseason bowl games – including 10 Rose Bowls – and another 17 to top 10 finishes in the final wire service polls (AP and/or UPI).
In his 27 years of coaching, Schembechler’s teams never had a losing season. Upon stepping down after the 1989 season, Bo retired as the winningest active coach in the nation (234-65-8) and fifth on the all-time list, behind only coaching legends Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant, Amos Alonzo Stagg, Glen ‘Pop’ Warner and Woody Hayes. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Schembechler served as Michigan’s Director of Athletics between 1988-90, and is a past president of the American Football Coaches Association.