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November 18, 2006

Bo Schembechler:  1929 - 2006

On the eve of Michigan's biggest-ever game with Ohio State, its legendary coach Bo Schembechler has passed away.  He was 77.

Before he took over the head coaching job at Michigan, the Wolverines had suffered through six losing seasons in 11 years.  Today, Michigan & Ohio State play for the national championship - and the winning culture that permeates the University of Michigan football program is directly attributable to Bo Schembechler.

Schembechler was a seven-time Big Ten coach of the year, compiling a 194-48-5 record at Michigan from 1969-89. His record in 26 years of coaching was 234-65-8. He never had a losing season.

"I'm not sure he has gotten his due as far as being one of the truly great football coaches of all time," Penn State coach Joe Paterno said. "I'm going to miss him."

As are we all, JoePa.  As are we all.  College football - indeed, the game itself, not just at the college level, and the nation - has lost a great man.

The Realm™ sends its deepest condolences to the Schembechler family.  Bo will be terribly missed.

Posted by Lord Spatula I, King & Tyrant at November 18, 2006 08:39 AM

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It wasn't just the winning culture of the football program, it was the winning culture of the University.

Posted by: Blackiswhite, Imperial Agent Provocateur at November 18, 2006 01:54 PM

Politically, Bo was a liberal. He was a well known supporter of, and donated much time and money to progressive causes.

Posted by: Howard at November 19, 2006 04:26 PM

Yeah?  So?

I mean, I do  talk about things other  than politics around here.

Posted by: Lord Spatula I, King & Tyrant at November 19, 2006 08:18 PM