ANN ARBOR, Mich. — If Bo Schembechler could meet this year’s Michigan football team, Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh is sure the legendary coach would love the group.
“I don’t know what coach wouldn’t,” Harbaugh said Thursday morning on the “Jamie and Stoney” show on Detroit’s WXYT-FM.
Thursday is the 10-year anniversary of the death of Schembechler, who coached Michigan from 1969 to 1989. Schembechler died of heart failure on Nov. 17, 2006.
Harbaugh played for Schembechler from 1982 to 1986, and his father, Jack, coached on Michigan’s staff for Schembechler from 1973 to 1979.
“Ten years since Bo’s passing and it changed so many people who know Bo,” Harbaugh said. “To be around him and to learn from him. There’s so many days where I go, I wish he was here, how great would it be if he was here, to walk down the hall and talk to coach.
Harbaugh said he also sees reminders of Schembechler’s legacy within the football program and within the football facility, whether it’s having a conversation with Michigan football play-by-play announcer Jim Brandstatter, or seeing former equipment manager Jon Falk.
“Not a day doesn’t go by where we talk about Bo,” Harbaugh said. “So many others that knew him, like a brother, like a dad, like a best friend. It doesn’t seem like it’s 10 years since he’s been gone. You think about him a lot, almost every day. You have a memory or a reminder of Bo.
“It’s great to be reminded of how Bo did things. And it’s great to have a reminder of all the people he touched and affected. A convo with Bo was like having a convo with a best friend. That can’t be replaced. It lives on.”