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December 13, 2018 Bo Schembechler Resigned in 1989

Posted on December 12, 2018 by Barry Gallagher

Part I. Bo Schembechler Officially Resigned on December 13, 1989

Yes, Bo Schembechler resigned on this day in 1989. The rumors started to emerge in early December and Bo knew he had to tell his players what was going on. Actually, Bo felt that he had coached his last regular season game on November 25, 1989 when he walked off the field at The Big House. Schembechler’s third-ranked Wolverines had just knocked off Ohio State (28-18) and Michigan was headed to the 1990 Rose Bowl.

(Note-Bo is shown above with four Michigan Football legends in 1969. Twenty-one years later he was ready to take his place as a true Michigan Legend! Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)

In the next few days, he confided in his beloved wife Millie, and equipment manager Jon Falk, about coaching his last game on January 1, 1990. At sixty-years of age, Bo’s health was still good, but he didn’t want to push it. Being the football coach and athletic director at Michigan was a BIG challenge, for sure. So, it was time to get out of the game he loved so much!

The rumors continued to spread and the speculation created a lot of noise that Schembechler wanted to silence. Bo knew it was time to tell his players, and the world, that he was going to hang up his whistle. So, that’s exactly what Schembechler did in a short press conference. He put an end to the speculation and talked straight – just like he always did! I will never forget December 13, 1989 – the day that Bo Schembechler resigned!

Check out the link below to get the United Press International (UPI) story that was published about the day that Bo Schembechler resigned in 1989.

Here is a short clip from Dr. Sap’s You Tube file about this eventful day. Thank you Dr. Sap – you are the best!


The Legend of Bo Schembechler by Barry Gallagher

It is always fun to reflect on the career of Glenn Edward “Bo” Schembechler and remember all the great things he did for Michigan Football. The Wolverine Football program was not in a very good place when “Bo Who” arrived in December 1968. Coach Schembechler went on a twenty-one year “mission of excellence” to get Michigan football back on track. In my opinion, his incredible run gave Michigan football fans the greatest era of the school’s magnificent football history. Twenty-one straight winning seasons in the Big Ten, one hundred and ninety-four wins and thirteen Big Ten Championships. The numbers – 21-194-13− are staggering!

In fact, Bo’s numbers and his “body of work” were so impressive that I wrote a book about it. The Legend of Bo Schembechler  is my newest release. Check it out at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You can also order it by clicking on the book cover image on my website. Thank you in advance for buying this book. I will be donating a portion of my profits to support The Glenn Edward “Bo” Schembechler Scholarship at The University of Michigan. Go Blue!

Barry Gallagher and Bo Schembechler 1987 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

Here I am with Bo in his office in 1987. Wow, I will never forget that day!

Part II. Michigan Football Trivia Question – December 12, 2018

Who is the only Michigan Man to win the Douglas Fairbanks Award?

Part II. Michigan Football Trivia Answer – December 12, 2018

Quarterback Harry Newman led Michigan to a perfect season in 1932 and a National Championship. He also won the Douglas Fairbanks award which was given to the top player in college football at the time. Yes, this award was the early version of the Heisman Trophy which was not awarded to 1935.

Part III. Michigan Football Trivia Question – December 13, 2018

Who is the only Michigan Man to win nine national awards in one football season?







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