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Bo Schembechler dies today, at age 77

17. November 2006 • Murph
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Laura e-mails us with the text:

This seems like it might be community news.

Bo Schembechler, who became one of college football’s great coaches in two decades at Michigan, died Friday after taping a TV show on the eve of the Wolverines’ No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown with perennial rival Ohio State. He was 77.

The Dead Schembechlers ( a Columbus-based band) had this to say:

“The band is crushed to learn of the death of Bo Schembechler. We named this band after Coach Schembechler to honor him as the face of Wolverine football. We have never wished ill will upon him in any way and have always wished him the best. When we learned that Bo had seen our web site and was amused by it we were delighted. We were simply delighted. He said to those with him as he read it, “See, I still matter in Columbus!” That may have been the greatest understatement in football history. We believe that he took the band’s name as the compliment that it was meant as and that he was flattered by it. We wish to extend our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to his family. We are truly sorry for their loss.”

Their site is down due to bandwidth, but it’s here:

Perhaps the band can continue the tribute with a name change. I suggest “Schembechler Lives”.

  1. a tribute to:

    — Bo Schembechler — 1929-2006

    U-M Diag 10:00 pm Fri, Nov. 17, 2006

    Come out to show your support
    for a true Michigan man who
    dedicated his life to preserve
    and advance the spirit and tradition
    of the University we love.

       —Mark    Nov. 18 '06 - 06:13AM    #
  2. I remember watching Michigan football from age 7 and Bo was a giant to kids where I grew up.

       —Dale    Nov. 18 '06 - 09:15AM    #
  3. The Dead Schembechlers have a video, Bomb Ann Arbor Now, out on YouTube. Worth a watch before the game.

       —Edward Vielmetti    Nov. 18 '06 - 09:26AM    #
  4. Bo was one of a kind. I’m sure he’s up there with Woody rooting for their teams.

    BTW, here’s a story I wrote for Upbeat Entertainment on line about today’s game you might be interested in seeing. For me, this year is more meaningful than years past …

       —N. Meeker    Nov. 19 '06 - 12:11AM    #
  5. A public memorial service for Bo will be held at 1 p.m. this Tuesday (November 21) at Michigan Stadium.

       —Juliew    Nov. 19 '06 - 12:17AM    #
  6. I just received the following information:

    Due to the Memorial Service Tuesday (Nov. 21) at Michigan Stadium for Bo Schembechler that is open to the public, the following Central/South Campus parking and transportation alterations will be in place:

    * all staff who park personal or UM vehicles in the lots surrounding Michigan Stadium (SC2, SC4, SC5, SC6, SC7, SC35 and SC36) are asked to park in an alternate location Tuesday; (This should be considered similar to a football game.)

    * parking enforcement will be waived and gates will be raised at the Thompson Street (W3), Fletcher Street (N13) and Palmer Drive (N26) parking structures to accommodate Orange and Yellow staff permit holders from the Crisler/Stadium lots;

    *parking enforcement will be waived at the surface lots on Thompson Street (W18) and the band practice lot at Elbel Field off Hill Street to accommodate Orange and Yellow staff permit holders from the Crisler/Stadium lots;

    *additional U-M transit buses will be added to the Commuter route before and after the service; therefore, staff planning to attend the memorial service are encouraged to leave their vehicles parked on other areas of campus and ride the bus to the service.

    *Staff members also are encouraged to car pool. Consider parking at Wolverine Tower (SC17) or the State Street Commuter Lot (SC34) and car pool or ride the AATA bus to campus.

    We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this challenging time for the Schembechler family, the Athletic Department and the University community.

    Diane Brown
    Senior Information Officer
    Facilities and Operations
    University of Michigan

       —Juliew    Nov. 21 '06 - 03:26AM    #