11-17-2006

Ohio State mourns death of Bo Schembechler

Beloved Michigan coach will be honored at Ohio State/Michigan game

Bo Schembechler, one of college football's greatest coaches, will be honored with a moment of silence at Saturday's Ohio State/Michigan game.

Schembechler died Friday at age 77.

Schembechler started his coaching career at Ohio State, where he spent five seasons as an assistant to Woody Hayes. From there, he went to the University of Michigan, where he spent 21 seasons.bo schembechler

"Bo had great connections to Ohio State," said Archie Griffin, who was recruited by Schembechler as a high school student before coming to Ohio State, where he played for Coach Woody Hayes. "He played for Woody Hayes at Miami and later coached with Woody here. Many people have the misconception that Woody and Bo disliked each other. That couldn't be further from the truth. They were best friends and very similar to each other."

"This is an extraordinary loss for college football," said Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel. "Bo Schembechler touched the lives of many people and made the game of football better in every way. He will always be both a Buckeye and a Wolverine and our thoughts are with all who grieve his loss."

Noted Ohio State Director of Athletics Eugene Smith, "Bo touched the lives of so many and helped develop countless young men into role models and leaders. He is an icon for college athletics, not just the game of football. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family, the University of Michigan and college football fans everywhere."


Read what Archie Griffin has to say about Schembechler.