It is a sad day for Michigan football fans and fans of College Football all over the country. The sport lost a true legend today. Glenn E. "Bo" Schembechler died in a Detroit hospital this morning. He was 77.
Schembechler collapsed this morning while taping a college football preview show at Detroit television station WXYZ. It was the second time Schembechler collapsed while taping at the station in as many months. After he collapsed in October, he was fitted for a pacemaker and had a defibrillator installed. Schembechler had a history of heart problems. He had a heart attack on the eve of his first Rose Bowl in 1970. He also had another heart attack in 1987, and had two quadruple bypass surgeries.
Schembechler coached at Michigan from 1969 through 1989. He won 194 games for the Maize and Blue, and led them to 17 bowl appearances. Schembechler's Wolverines won 13 Big Ten titles in his 21 seasons on the sideline. He is the winningest coach in Michigan football history.
Schembechler still has a huge presence in the Michigan football program to this day. The football building on the Ann Arbor campus is named after him. He often addressed the current crop of Wolverines, in fact, his doctor said today that Schembechler skipped a meeting with him yesterday so he could talk to the team. Michigan is playing one of the biggest games in its storied history tomorrow. The #2 Wolverines are playing arch-rival, and #1 ranked, Ohio State in Columbus. The winner of the game will play in the BCS National Championship Game on January 8th.
Many people around the game of football and around the Wolverine state are remembering Bo today. Michigan Congressman Fred Upton issued this statement: "As someone who bleeds maize and blue, I had the honor and privilege of knowing Bo Schembechler pretty well. It is with a heavy heart that we say 'Go Blue' in memory of Bo - we will all miss him dearly."
Jeff Jeffers will have much more on the life of Bo Schembechler, and the reflections on that life that continue to pour in today, coming up on NewsCenter 16 beginning at 5 p.m.