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University and sports world mourn, celebrate life
of legendary coach Glenn "Bo" Schembechler
Students at a candlelight vigil to honor Bo Schembechler sign a banner that displays the second part of one of the coach’s favorite mantras: “What the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. And those who stay, will be champions.” Members of the University community gather on the Diag to honor the winningest coach in U-M history. Schembechler died Nov. 17 at the age of 77 and students organized the vigil for that evening. (Photos above by Scott Galvin, U-M Photo Services. All other photos by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services.)
Former Michigan Wolverine tackle and CBS sports commentator Dan Dierdorf (top, left) shares a laugh with Glenn “Shemy” Schembechler III, son of the former coach, and Shemy's wife Megan, during a memorial celebration. Dierdorf, who went on to play for the St. Louis Cardinals, was one of hundreds of former players at Michigan Stadium Nov. 21 to honor their coach and mentor. Laughter frequently could be heard at the nearly three-hour “A Celebration of Bo’s Life” as players, coaches and others told favorite stories of the coach they described as difficult at times to work with and for, but delightful and generous as a lifelong friend. Offering remarks were Athletic Director Bill Martin, (top, right), and former Michigan offensive guard Reggie McKenzie (above,right), who went on to play for the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks. Schembechler’s widow, Cathy, and her son, Keith Parrish (above, left), stand to be recognized by Shemy, who offered a tribute to his father. More than 20,000 people filled the west side of the stadium on a cold November day to say farewell to the University’s 13th head football coach (below).
In the tradition of U-M football, participants in the service for Bo Schembechler enter the stadium from the players’ tunnel, making their way to the stands and speakers’ platform under the M-Club banner (below, left). The Michigan Marching Band had to play several choruses of “The Victors” before the hundreds of former players could be seated. President Mary Sue Coleman (below, right), enjoys one of the stories about the often controversial but always entertaining coach. In her remarks Coleman described Schembechler as the personification of integrity. “He believed in the importance of hard work and hard decisions, of loyalty and dedication. His integrity was larger than this stadium and it shaped all that he was, from a husband and father … to a coach who conducted himself with class and spirit … to a philanthropist who always wanted to see Michigan improve.” Current Head Coach Lloyd Carr reminisces about his time as Schembechler’s assistant (below left). “He loved to argue. Often he provoked arguments and then sat back and watched everyone else,” Carr said. Of his former mentor’s qualities, Carr said the one “I admire and respect more than any is his incredible will—a will to win, live and make a difference. Bo will be remembered as the Michigan man.” Former Michigan Head Coach Gary Moeller and Former University of Southern California Head Coach John Robinson (bottom, left) enjoy one of the lighter moments. William Campbell, associate professor of trumpet at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, leaves the field after playing the familiar “Taps” bugle call at the conclusion of the ceremony (bottom, right).

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