On Thursday afternoon, November 16th, 2006, Coach Bo Schembechler addressed the University of Michigan football team within the hall that bears his name. Despite retiring from active coaching duties sixteen years prior, the iconic leader still made time to speak with the team when necessary — that Thursday it was necessary.
The undefeated Wolverines, ranked second in the country, were but 48 hours from facing their greatest rival — the number one ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. No man present that afternoon knew he was listening to Coach Bo’s final speech, but that was the case. Less than sixteen hours later, the winningest football coach in Michigan history, the man who went toe-to-toe with Woody Hayes, and so many others, died of heart failure.
I was incredibly fortunate