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BO IN QUOTES
"I think everbody who knew him or had a
relationship with him felt extremely close.
He had that magical sense about him."
-Kim Eagle, University medical professor
and Schembechler's personal physician
"Bo and Woody made the rivalry what
it is. There's a decent chance they'll be
watching the game together today."
-Adam Schefter, NFL network analyst
and former Daily sports editor
"Bo Schembechler has had a profound influence
on my life from the time I was 18 years old
up until the time I had dinner with him last
night. He was my friend, my coach and he's
a legend. He cared a lot about Michigan."
-David Brandon, University regent
and former football player
"He touched so many lives beyond
the football field. And that's why he'll
be a giant in Ann Arbor forever."
-Adam Benson, U.S. Rep.
John Dingell spokesman and
former Daily sports editor
"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."
-Jim Tressel, Ohio State
University head football coach
"Everybody on campus was so excited
and looking forward to the game (today).
Now it puts a bit of a pause on that."
-Paul Courant, public policy professor
who teaches a class
Schembechler attended
"The state of Michigan and college
football has lost a great man, a man
that displayed passion, drive and
determination both on and off the football
field. He leaves a legacy that will live on
through his players and choaches."
- U.S. Rep. John Dingell
"I believe the reason Bo is not here today with
us is because they are going to charge too
much damn money for those tickets (today)"
-Jim Betts, former Michigan quarterback
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Monday, November 20, 2006 - 3C

TEVEN T

Students hold candles in the memory of Michigan coach Bo Schembechler last night at a memorial event on the Diag.

'There have been a lot of great games. There will be a lot more great games. But
there's only one Bo Schembechler.' - Regent and former player David Brandon

By LEAH GRABOSKI and
ANNE VANDERMEY
Daily News Editors
Generations of Wolverines crowd-
ed the Diag Friday night. Students,
University employees and Michigan
fans held candles that cast a flicker-
ing glow on their solemn faces.
Team members and colleagues
tearfully remembered the man who
many know as the savior of Michigan
football.
Word of Bo Schembechler's death
traveled like lightning across campus
Friday afternoon.
At the University Board of Regents
meeting in the Fleming Administra-
tion Building, people whispered to
each other and passed notes.
Regent David Brandon, who was
a defensive lineman under Schem-
bechler's reign, announced the news
that he had collapsed after taping a
television program on college foot-
ball.
"I've heard a lot of people pon-
tificate about what their view of
Michigan tradition is, but Bo is the
Michigan tradition," Brandon said.
"The reason we're able to fight over
how big the stadium should be, and
how many people we can pack in it, is
all about Coach Bo Schembechler."
At Providence Hospital in South-
field, where Schembechler had died
hours earlier, University President
Mary Sue Coleman spoke about the
coach's legacy.
"Bo had an unmistakable twinkle
in his eye, and I will miss that spirit
and so much more," Coleman said. "I
am grateful for this remarkable man
and all his contributions that made
Michigan Michigan."
Unlike most other coaches, Schem-
bechler, who led 13 of his 21 teams
to Big Ten championships, stayed on
campus after he retired.
This semester, Schembechler
attended an undergraduate course
taught by Public Policy Prof. Paul
Courant. Students said they were
both awed by Schembechler's pres-
ence and surprised by his approach-
ability. His last day in the class was
Tuesday.
"As corny as it sounds, on Tues-
day when he came down to class and
he sat next to me and my friends, he
turned to us, and, you know, he says,
'Well, men, are you ready for class?'
" Kinesiology student Kyle Grub-
man said. "And, by referring to us as
men, I felt like I was a player, like I

was suited up, ready to run out the
tunnel. It was just a really - a great
feeling."
Brandon recalled the first time he
met Schembechler - in his bathrobe.
"We met Bo for the first time in
his pajamas and robe, and it seemed v
a little odd," Brandon said. "I mean,
you're a big high school football play-
er, and suddenly the football coach
of a school that's recruiting you is
in his pajamas and robe. I remem-
ber thinking, gee, I hope this guy is
going to live long enough to coach
me, and little did I know, he would
live long enough to become my life- u w n n~
long friend."
Schembechler's predilection
for winning solidified the rivalry
between the Wolverines and the
Buckeyes - making it among the
most intense in college football.
Those who knew him said he was
more excited than anyone about
today's game.
"It's unfortunate it happened at
this point, but on the other hand, he's
so closely tiedsto this game, maybe
this is the way fate works," former
University President James Duder-"
stadt said.
Schembechler coached during the
beginning of Duderstadt's tenure.
With emotions already running
high over tomorrow's matchup,
Schembechler's death sent shock-
waves through the student body.
"The game will have one of two out-
comes: His death will either light afire -
or crush spirits entirely," LSA sopho-
more Aaron Willis said. "He was well- A
loved, and that's not something you 1r-
can get over easily, especially when
the stakes are already so high."
But other students were more con-
fident.
"In the minds of the players now,
losing is not an option," LSA sopho-
more Sha Beamon said. "We're gonna
do it for him tomorrow. I have no
worries."
Throughout the afternoon Friday,
small tributes to the coach were left 3 -l
at Schembechler Hall.
Bouquets of roses, pom pons and3'
footballs littered the ground around
the building's signpost. Propped
up next to the roses was a piece of
cardboard on which someone had A
scrawled a short message.
"Let's win this one for Bo."
- H. Jose Bosch, Anne Joling, PHOTOS BY STEVEN TA/Daily
.n TOP: A student reflects on the career of Michigan coach Bo Schemblecher Friday night at a
, memorial event on the Diag. BOTTOM: Two fans sing along to 'The Victors' Friday night.
contributed to this report.
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STEENN AI/Daly
Students sign a bannerin the

memory for former Michigan
Coach Bo Schembechler Friday
night at a memorial event on the
Diag.

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