Breaking: Former Michigan Football Coach Bo Schembechler Dies

The Detroit News is reporting:

Former Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler died Friday at Providence Hospital in Southfield. He was 77.

Schembechler was taping of a television show at WXYZ-TV and was taken by ambulance to Providence.

The coaching legend fell ill at the studios, station officials said. Schembechler also was hospitalized Oct. 20 after falling ill at the same location.

Police were sent to the station around 9:25 a.m. along with the city’s fire department and escorted an ambulance to Providence Hospital, Harris said.

Schembechler met with the media earlier this week to discuss Saturday’s game between the second-ranked Wolverines and No. 1 Ohio State.

During the news conference, the 77-year-old discussed the device that was implanted to regulate his heartbeat after he was hospitalized last month.

He said the device covered about half his chest and that doctors still were making adjustments to it.

Schembechler said he did not plan to attend the game in Columbus, Ohio, and that he doesn’t attend road games anymore.

Schembechler had a heart attack on the eve of his first Rose Bowl in 1970 and another one in 1987. He has had two quadruple heart bypass operations.

Former Michigan coach Gary Moeller showed up at the hospital this morning shortly after hearing that Schembechler had collapsed. The grim-looking Moeller approached security guards at the hospital and said he wanted to talk to Schembechler’s wife. “I just want to see Kathy,” he said.

Former U-M player Jim Brandstatter also was among those who rushed to the hospital after hearing news reports.

Hospital officials, meanwhile, were preparing the auditorium for a press conference.

Schembechler, a seven-time Big Ten coach of the year, compiled a 194-48-5 record at Michigan from 1969-89. His record in 26 years of coaching was 234-64-8.

How sad. His Michigan Wolverines are traveling to the Horseshoe to play the Ohio State Buckeyes tomorrow in probably the biggest game in college football.

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