?age 14 - The Michigan Doily - Friday, December 9, 1988
1-lere's how the Daily
football writers see this
year's Rose Bowl:
Jeff Rush: I hope for
Peete's sake he steers
clear of Bo after the
game. USC 28, Michigan
Everyone will say, "Done
in by a little kicker again,"
but the Wolverines will
do themselves in with a
couple of defensive
lapses and - horror of
horrors - a key turnover.
USC 23, Michigan 20.
Adam Schefter: Bo still
has one or two tricks up
his sleeve. Michigan 23,
Pete Steinert: Remember
the Notre Dame game?
The Miami (Fla.) game?
Get ready for another
heartbreaker. USC 24,
Notre Dame 19, MICHIGAN 17
Miami (Fla.) 31, MICHIGAN 30 .
MICHIGAN 19, Wake Forest9
MICHIGAN 62, Wisconsin 14
MICHIGAN 17, Michigan State 3
MICHIGAN 17, Iowa 17
MICHIGAN 31, Indiana6
MICHIGAN 52, Northwestern 7
MICHIGAN 22, Minnesota 7
MICHIGAN 38. Illinois 9
MICHIGAN 34, Ohio State 31
USC 34, Boston College 7
USC 24, Stanford 20
USC 23, Oklahoma 7
USC 38, Arizona 15
USC 42, Oregon 14
USC 28, Washington 27
USC 41, Oregon State 20
USC 35, California 3
USC 50, Arizona State 0
USC 31, UCLA 22
Notre Dame 27, USC 10
Total First Downs 226 288
Rushing 133 138
Passing 84 139
Penalty 9 11
The Schef's Specialty
BY ADAM SCHEFTER
Bo Schembechler has a heart the
size of a football. A heart that makes
people feel special. A heart that can
make anyone laugh.
As good as his heart has been to
others, it hasn't always been so
cooperative to him.
On the morning of his first Rose
Bowl, in 1970, Schembechler had a
Then last December,
Schembechler went to the hospital
for stress tests. He spent the night.
When he woke up in the morning, he
put on his sweatsuit and had his
wife, Millie, pick him up.
As he was ready to leave,
Schembechler felt something he
hadn't felt in 18 years. He started to
sweat. He had to lie down, and he
told Millie get the doctors.
When the doctors arrived,
Schembechler gave the word. "Sedate
me now because I don't want to
think about it," he said.
Upon awakening from heart
surgery, his mind wandered like a
baby lost in a department store.
Would he see his family again?
Would his family be taken care of if
he couldn't go on? Would he live?
He lay in his bed, listening to the
radio. Then it happened. He heard his
doctor say the magic words, "He'll
And there was joy in Mudville,
for the mighty Bo would go on.
"It was like being born again,"
Schembechler said, laughing. "He
couldn't have said anything that
would have made me happier."
But there's something wrong with
just saying, "He'll coach again."
Schembechler has friends. He has a
wife. He has four sons. And he'll
Hewould live, and he would
continue to share that wonderful heart
Here's something you probably
didn't know about Schembechler. For
the past 10 years, he has participated
in the Special Olympics, a major
event for handicapped kids. In his
office is a large frame filled with
photosof Schembechler playing with
In one photo he is spinning a hula
hoop around his waist. In another he
is racing through orange cones on a
scooter. Running through an obstacle
course. Shooting free throws with
his tongue hanging out, a la Michael
Each picture is something
different, but there is one constant in
each photo: All the kids have smiles
on their faces. And Schembechler is
having just as much fun as they are.
"The Special Olympics are a heck
of a thing," Schembechler said. "The
kids don't know who I am - nor do
they care. All they know is that I'm
a guy that comes down there and
plays with them.
"Whatever those kids do, I do. If
they do the basketball shoot, I'm
shooting. If they do the obstacle
course, I'm running through the
Schembechler said he'd like to
take part in more events of this type,
but his duties as athletic director and
football coach make his time
constraints almost unmanageable. He
often is forced to refuse requests. And
that aches his heart as much as any
loss on the football field.
"It's kind of nice," Schembechler
said. "Those kids are very loving and
very caring. They love to comnete.
Schembechler's youngest son,
Shemy, came home from school at
Miami (Ohio). As soon as he walked
into the door, the senior
Schembechler jumped on his son
about his hair. He demanded that it
The next day, Shemy went to the
barber. When he came home with the
sides of his head shaven and his hair
still long in the back, his father was
"My girlfriend wanted me to get
my hair that way," Shemy said.
"He got one of those crazy
haircuts," Schembechler said,
shaking his head.
When Schembechler was told
Shemy did it for his girlfriend, he
joked: "Girlfriend? Ex-girlfriend. Ex.
I spoke to him last night, and they
broke up. He don't have any
girlfriends. He thinks they're his
girlfriends. They think he's a friend.
Not very worldly, my son is. I gotta
have a talk with him about that. The
Schembechler has been through
trying moments as well, times when
conservative meant nothing but good
old tender-loving care.
Last spring, Matt, who lives in
Scotsdale, Ariz., complained of being
sick. After undergoing extensive
testing, it was discovered he had
Millie, a nurse, flew out to
Arizona to take care of him.
Schembechler had to stay behind
because of work. But every day he
called on the phone, and every day
Matt answered, and every day
Schembechler would plead with him
to hang in there.
"He did some things I never
expected him to do," Matt said. "I
expected him to say, 'Matt, get
tough' the way he would normally
talk. But, very compassionately, he
said: 'Matt, you're gonna make it. If
you need me out there, I'll be there.'
"It may sound like things that any
parent would do, but the way he said
it ... it sounded so different. He
really surprises you with his
tenderness. He's done something like
that for each one of the four boys.
When we needed it, but didn't realize
how bad, he knew. It makes me
misty thinking about it."
There is one thing that will
never change about Schembechler -
his character. He is a dinosaur when
it comes to ethics and morals. His
stature on the football field looms
He's full of advice and anecdotes
for his players. One thing he always
tells his players is never to go out
past midnight. Schembechler claims
nothing good ever happens past
Then there is the Labor Day ritual
when his troops assemble for
practice. Schembechler belts out like
a drill sergeant: "Men, today is Labor
Day and we are going to celebrate.
That's one way to spend the
But there is more than the funny
stories that he tells. Schembechler is
fun-loving. Yes, the man who
parades the sidelines and screams and
yells and throws his headset and gets
unsportsmanlike conduct penalties is
fun-loving. He won't go to happy
hour with his team, but
Schembechler stages his own little
bit of entertainment prior to each
When Michigan defensive back Dave Ritter (left) set out to sketch Igo
Schembechler in a charcoal medium, he wanted to capture a side not Oo
visible on the field. "I see him every day as a coach and I thought it wod
be interesting to see a drawing of him not on the football field or takxpg
care of his athletic-director duties," Ritter said. Ritter, of Hickory Hills,
Ill., is an LSA sophomore. He is transferring to the art school next terng
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Fnvins .USC 8
8.8 / 7.8
the ball toward Schembechler. The
throw was short, and you know how
competitive Schembechler is. He
dove and did a double somersault, his
hat flying off his head. He lay on the
The players froze. Silence.
Schembechler was down. All eyes
were on the 59-year-old-coach who
had undergone two heart operations
and who had used all his acrobatic
skills to catch a pass.
And Schembechler got up. And he
let out a loud laugh. And his team
laughed with him.
It's rumored that Schembechler
works 16-hour days, seven days a
"No, that's a lie," he insists. "But
I spend time on my job every single
day of the year. Even if I'm on
Vacation? What would this guy do
if he was on vacation? Play football
with his wife and kids?
"I like to do other things,"
Schembechler said. "I've taken my
family rafting down the Salmon
River in Idaho. I've been to the
Indianapolis 500 the past six years. I
went to- the Kentucky Derby for the
first time last year. That Derby is
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"I'm a golfer, a terrible one, but I
got all that nice equipment, new
balls and all that stuff. When I retire,
I'm going to take up golfing
seriously and shoot in the 80s if it's
the last damn thing I do. Right now,
I'm in the 100s, but I promise you,
I've got enough athletic skills to
shoot in the high 80s.
"I'd like to go hunting, but that's
during football season, and how in
the hell does a coach have time to do
Schembechler wouldn't have to be
in the woods very long. He would
scream at some moose to get by his
side. He would grab him by. the
antlers and say, "Son, I want you
hanging in my living room." And
the moose, like any of his players,
would gallop off to Schembechler's
car, fast as it could, ready to be
Anything for Bo.
"W hat is the most satisfying
thing about coaching?" Schembechler
"That I still get to do it," he
jokes. "You see, coaching, if you've
been in sports and love sports the
way I do, is super. I always find that
athletes and sports people are the
most engaging people to be around."
He remembers a Fiesta Bowl
luncheon he attended two years ago
with his team. He was seated, eating
his lunch, and he felt a tap on his
He turned around and looked up.
"Bo, could I have your
autograph?" a man asked.
Schembechler's eyes opened wide.
He raised his eyebrows. He turned his
head from side to side to see if the
president or the none was sitting next
spending time with his team. Tw'ue
camaraderie. Every Michigan player
finds a special place in his heart for
Bo, and Schembechler does the safe
for his players. Twenty-six yearsHof
players makes for one big heart.
"You may have trouble
remembering a guy you coached-30
years ago, but as soon as his name
comes up, you know him like thai,"
Schembechler says, snapping his
fingers. "The fun in coaching is the
association with players. You knew
these guys better than their friends,
because you see them in the toughest4
situations. You see them in battle.
"You know how tough, dedicated,
and dependable everyone is. You
know all their strengths and all their
shortcomings. They know me the
same way. There isn't a guy that
played for me that doesn't know the
like a book. And you know what?
Those friendships are lasting. Thby
are not instant, and they are riot
casual. They are lasting." 4
W hen Bear Bryant left Alaban$,
the Crimson Tide suffered an identity
crisis. After Woody Hayes left Ohio
State, the Buckeyes suffered the samie
fate. I have to think once
Schembechler leaves Michigan, te
air of invincibility that goes along
with Michigan football will be .o
I don't know how many people
He is the drive inside each player
who takes the field to represgpt
Michigan. He. is the man that keeps
the Michigan program as clean .as
any in the country. He is Michigan
But he's more than a footbal
program. He's a special person. Hg's
stared death in the face and punched i