2014 : Bo Schembechler Statue Unveiled on Michigan Campus

April 4, 2023 all-day

Those who best knew Bo Schembechler know he would probably have grumbled about the life-size statue of him unveiled Friday night just outside the doors of newly renovated Schembechler Hall.

The statue of Michigan’s legendary coach is the crowning piece of the renovated building that not only houses the football offices but also includes Towsley Museum with interactive displays, retired jerseys, a “Win Wall” featuring a football for each of the program’s 910 victories and a variety of artifacts gathered through the years.

The Bo Schembechler statue was unveiled on the Michigan Athletic Campus this past Friday.

In the 197-year history of the university, this is the first outdoor statue on campus of an individual, according to athletic director Dave Brandon.

Schembechler, as depicted in the statue, is wearing sideline attire, sunglasses, an “M” hat and carrying his headset.

The statue was kept hidden by drapery until his wife, Cathy, unveiled the statue before a large gathering.

Bo Schembechler holding forth in his office earlier in his career at the University of Michigan. Photo courtesy of the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library.

For the full article, see Angelique Chengelis, “Bo Schembechler statue focal point of Michigan’s renovated football facility”, Detroit News, April 5, 2014.

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