Saturday, November 18, 2006

Bo Schembechler 1929-2006

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Legendary coach Bo Schembechler, the winningest head coach in University of Michigan football history, passed away Friday morning (Nov. 17) due to heart failure at Detroit Providence Hospital. He was 77 years old.
Bo Schembechler photo

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 (Associated Press and/or United Press International).

In Schembechler's 27 years of coaching, his 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.

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