Bo statue unveiled at new Schembechler Hall

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on April 4th, 2014 at 5:23 PM

@umichfootball keeps tweeting photos of the new Schembechler Hall Towsley Museum. The unveiling of the statue is later tonight.

EDIT: Bo statue unveiled. Outside the building.

Holy cow.....





April 4th, 2014 at 8:29 PM ^

That pose is iconic - Bo taking the first stride toward the nearest ref. The headset has been ripped from his head; Jon Falk's admonition to stop throwing the headsets makes him keep it in his hand.


April 4th, 2014 at 8:11 PM ^

Am I the only one that isn't blown away by the pose that was chosen for the Bo statue?

How about the iconic arms crossed?  The second angle in the OP is definitely better than the first, but it still just seems a little awkward to me.


April 4th, 2014 at 8:40 PM ^

Wasn't the purpose of the legends jersey because they were against statues?

I guess this proves the legends jerseys are here to stay. Not sure I'd put Jordan Kovacs and Courtney Avery in the same universe as the Wistert brothers though.

I like the renovations and idea of making the place more modern. I think the footballs from every win is tacky though.


April 4th, 2014 at 9:44 PM ^

Also, would be kinda cool if they had pictures of the current players winning the legends numbers under the pictures of the actual legend players


April 4th, 2014 at 9:57 PM ^

Am I the only one worried that our spartan and buckeye "friends" will try to paint Bo? If I had to see that, I think I would be sick. 


April 4th, 2014 at 11:12 PM ^

My company installed the footballs and they are new balls filled with expanding foam to keep them from deflating over time. Hopefully the athletic dept has to buy at least 10 balls a year for a while....

I dumped the Dope

April 5th, 2014 at 2:38 AM ^

Seeing Tom Harmon's Heismann trophy up close gave me chills, very very cool to see one that close.  Don't think I'm a high roller because I'm not, however I did take the official Big House tour and highly recommend it.

I think there's too much focus on the number of wins.  I think it was exceptional to beat MSU and having no idea on the actual "count", the special scoreboard presentation was something I'll never forget.  However, since that time, it seems like everyone knows what the count is.  I'd personally rather let it go back to dormancy, they can make a special presentation for #1000 which I hope to also see in person.

To take nothing away from Schembechler, Fielding Yost also deserves a statue.   In my thinking, he spearheaded the building of the stadium, he had the vision about the attendance, and that it would continue to grow, whatever plays he was innovating at the time he coached was shockingly effective on the field.

French West Indian

April 5th, 2014 at 9:54 AM ^

...but a rather sad day for the University.  In nearly 200 years of existence, the University never saw fit to honor an individual with a stature on campus despite an impressive list of alumni.  So, of course, the athletic department has to put a statue to a football coach.  And given that the honored coach was noted for preaching "the team, the team, the team" the irony is disgusting.

Someday when the inevitable Dave Brandon statue graces the athletic campus, it's my sincere hope that it is favored by pigeons and that Brandon's bronzed dome will be covered in pigeon shit in perpetuity.


April 5th, 2014 at 1:09 PM ^

The irony in your mention of the activity of pigeons in relation to statues is that it takes a pigeon brain to think that a statue of a coach somehow runs counter to the idea of team. So let's see, what does a coach coach? Yes, a team. The statue exemplifies the notion of an individual who is a team leader, not an individual apart from a team. Without a team, there is no coach. If you cannot see the nuance there, then I guess its that's the breaks when you are limited by a pigeon brain. 


April 5th, 2014 at 10:31 AM ^

A team worthy of playing in the shadow of the name and statue.

Right now we are no closer than at the end of RichRodc Era. Perhaps farther away.

I love Brady Hoke but IMO Nuss is a coach is coach in waiting.

I also say bring on Morris. DG was both great and awful last year.

B1G Championship by 2015 is a must


April 5th, 2014 at 1:03 PM ^

From the Big House to Crisler to Schembechler Hall, Michigan continues to impress with its improvements to existing structures.* Its difficult to imagine how each structure could have been better improved. 

*Yes, I am strategically excluding the new structure that is the electronic billboard outside the Big House. 


April 5th, 2014 at 6:14 PM ^

I got to be honest, I was expecting the statue to be horrible. Most modern statues are, and statues of sport figures are the worst of the worst. For example, take a look at the Joe Pa statue (or ex-statue I should say.)  There is WAY too much going on in that one (arm in the air, he is running at you, or away from something.) Then there is the Nick Saban one, Kinda looks like he is clapping at a golf match. But, most importantly, Bo is not smiling. Smiling statues creep the crap out of me.