In 1992, Bo Schembechler toured the new Michigan Athletic Museum inside Schembechler Hall. The museum would later be renamed the Margaret DowTowsley Sports Museum. While the museum no longer exists, some of the memorabilia now resides inside the new Schembechler Hall Museum in Ann Arbor.
I wish we still had such a museum where we could see all the accomplishments of every sports team. The new Towsley Museum is nice, but it's kind of small (they don't even have all our bowl trophies on display) and only for football.
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.