Friday, November 17, 2006

Schembechler dead at 77

By Jared Trexler
The Phanatic

On the eve of one of the biggest games in school history, former Michigan head football coach Bo Schembechler -- the face of a program and an institution -- has died, according to several Detroit television stations.

He was 77.

Top-ranked Ohio State and second-ranked Michigan will square off on Saturday at the Horseshoe. The winner punches a ticket to Glendale for the national championship. The loser likely smells roses in Pasadena.

However, the scenarios can wait -- at least for a day -- while the college football world mourns a true coach, teacher and icon.

Schembechler collapsed while taping a television show at WXYZ in Southfield early Friday and was taken to an area hospital where he later died.

The seven-time Big Ten coach of the year posted a 194-48-5 record at UM from 1969-1989.

We at The Phanatic send out our thoughts and prayers to Schembechler's immediate family, the UM football family and all of those who the former coach touched in one way or another.

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