Friday, November 17, 2006

Bo Schembechler Passes

Bo Schembechler, who became one of college football's great coaches in two decades at Michigan, died today while taping a TV show on the eve of the Wolverines' No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown with perennial rival Ohio State, according to three Detroit TV stations. He was 77.

The seven-time Big Ten coach of the year compiled a 194-48-5 record at Michigan from 1969-89. Schembechler's record in 26 years of coaching was 234-64-8.

Schembechler's Wolverines were 11-9-1 against the Buckeyes. But fans in both states generally agree the rivalry's prime years were 1969-78, when Schembechler opposed his friend and coaching guru, Woody Hayes. Ohio State prevailed in those meetings, going 5-4-1.

Don James of Washington had a series of great Rose Bowl games against the legendary coach. Washington's first Rose Bowl under DJ was an upset win over Michigan led by Warren Moon in the 1978 Rose Bowl.

Coach Schembechler will be missed, he was an original just like his friend, and mentor the great Woody Hayes.

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