I found this great article written by Mitch Albom prior to the 1986 Rose Bowl game regarding some of the exchanges with Schembechler and Harbaugh.
Wanted to share.
Some of the anecdotes I had read about before. A few others I did not know.
Check it out here:
And there it is, the completion of the circle. Idol, hero, mentor, tormentor enemy, teacher, friend.
He wants to be his friend.
"You know, he reams you out, but sometimes lately when it's happened, I'm thinking, 'God, this is what it's all about. Me and Bo, we're fighting together, we're both on the same sideline, we both want the same thing.
"And I say to myself, 'You know, I'm gonna miss this."
And so, says Schembechler, will he. Graduation takes the best of his players every four seasons. He has seen other special quarterbacks come and go. Dennis Franklin. Rick Leach. John Wangler.
"I am going to miss this kid (Harbaugh) a lot," he says. "He is the best passing quarterback I've ever had. And I've never felt as confident with anybody out there as I do with him.
"I know I yelled at him, I was on his case. But remember, I've known this kid since he was this big. I knew exactly who I was dealing with and what I was doing."
"And did he turn out the way you figured?" someone asks.
"Better than I ever expected."
And Jim Harbaugh grins too -- a huge grin -- a grin which hooks from today back to that practice field 14 years ago, where he fled the angry whistle of the man he would come to admire.
No. 4 Michigan (10-1) vs. No. 13 Washington (7-4).
The game was just posted on Youtube tonight.
My childhood was wrecked at the 1:58:19 mark by UW LB Michael Jackson.
Michigan was down 7-27 in the 3rd quarter, but almost pulled off the win with 1:28 left.
I found this interesting footage from Ball State 1979 football season vs. Illinois State.
Brady Hoke is the starting LB for Ball State (home red) #55.
He was certainly in on a lot of tackles.
The game films were released without sound by Ball State University Libraries on Youtube, plus a 1978 season highlight film (10-1 year).
I really wish the University of Michigan would decide to release more historical football game films from 1969-1979, or even before that, including those that were not nationally televised. I'm sure the majority of those films have been digitized by now. I think UM football fans would enjoy viewing those games today, and it would provide some more national exposure to the history of Michigan's football program, particularly UM's dominance in the 1970s under Schembechler. There are only a handful of copies of football games from the 1970s available.
How many of you guys remember this. Bo on the cover of Sunday Magazine back in the 1970s
Happy Birthday to Bo Schembechler, who would have been 86 today, and also Happy Birthday to my daughter, Mina Blue, who turns 2.
I'm a big Michigan fan, and also a big fan of the NFL and the Lions. I wanted to follow the NFL combine to see how Devin Funchess, Jake Ryan, and Frank Clark do. Like many people, i read about the "newly important" personality tests, that will supposedly be of great value to NFL scouts. The importance and value of these tests has increased due to the large presence of domestic violence cases in the NFL this season. I just don't believe scouts will really value these tests, and don't believe that they understand the importance of character in a football player.
Our late great coach Bo Schembechler, whom my father actually played for in the early 70s, understood character. He valued every player on the team, from all-american to walk-on. Coach Schembechler would actively work towards building character in every player on his teams. He would personally go to bars on friday nights and do night checks in every player's room, to make sure their lights were out at 11:00 pm. Coach Schembechler once said "When someone uncovers a scandal in their company, I don't think they can say, "I didn't know that was going on." They're just saying they're too dumb to do their job! And if they really are too dumb, then why are they getting paid millions of dollars to do it? They know what's going on.”
What Coach Schembechler was saying is that people have to take responsibility for all their actions. He was saing that if someone screws up, they have to on up to what they did, and if they don't, they don't deserve to play at a higher level. Now, i see that Frank Clark is blaming his domestic dispute on his girlfriend. What Clark said goes against Coach Schembechler directly. If Coach Schembechler had found out what Frank Clark did, or what Brendan Gibbons did last year, he wouldn't fret over them, just to win a few more games. He would kick them off the team on the day itself! You don't see a lot of football coaches like Coach Schembechler anymore. Nowaday's, coaches are preoccupied in winning more than character, and that's a huge problem.
Nowaday's, with the exception of this season, coaches play players who get into problems. They don't spend enough time to get to know a player, so they don't know if he has good character. A great example, albeit not a recent one, is Eugene Robinson. The night before Super Bowl XXXIII, Robinson won the Bart Starr award for "outstanding character and leadership both on and off the field." He solicited a prostitute that very same night. While any other person would be in jail, Robinson was allowed to play, and played awfully. His falcons lost, and he would go on to return the award. Coaches don't spend enough time evaluating the character of their players; they just want to win.
I'm disgusted that Frank Clark got invited to the Combine. If you read the police reports, his domestic dispute looked especially heinous. While he's taking personality tests, Devin Gardner is going to be working out and doing everything he can to be drafted. Devin Gardner deserved the invitation that Frank Clark got, but now has to sit at home, getting texts from Jake Ryan and Devin Funchess about the combine. Heck, Devin will probably be working out when those guys are doing drills at the combine. Guys like Devin, who have great character (most notably what he did for J.T. Barett) aren't rewarded for character. They have little chance of getting drafted, and try their hardest in their limted amount of time with scouts, but still aren't rewarded. Roger Goodell hasn't made any of this better. He promises that the NFL will represent a higher standard, and that he will try to fix these issues that we've seen in the last year, but the only thing that's come about from this are these personality tests.
The NFL has huge issues with character.