Nothing can define a new coach’s legacy at a university more succinctly and profoundly than leading a team in victory over a heated and hated arch rival. And when that rival is the No. 1 team in the country and defending national champions who were currently holding a 22-game win streak, the endearment to the victor’s fan base becomes immeasurable.
Yet that’s exactly what Glenn Edward “Bo” Schembechler Jr. did to conclude his first regular season at the helm of the University of ]V[ichigan Wolverines in 1969…he Beat Ohio! He also validated his mantra that “Those who stay will be champions!” As his team also earned a share of the Big Ten conference title that year. From then on, as they say, his story was truly history.
His battles with Woody Hayes were legendary with their Ten-Year War. And when Bo arrived on campus, he reinvigorated a ]V[ichigan football program that had seen its better days.
Bo coached his Wolverines for 21 seasons and during his time he compiled a record of 194 victories, 48 losses with 5 ties. He finished his career with a winning record against Ohio State and his teams won at least a share of the Big Ten championship 13 times. Bo’s Wolverine teams made 17 post-season appearances.
Bo was a true leader and most definitely best – a victor ‘till the end. And win or lose, his teams played in the biggest games and made memories for the ages.
In 21 days, memories will be made again…