"A Celebration of Bo's Life"


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - "Farewell Bo."

The two words were written on the outside of the video board along Stadium Boulevard on Tuesday. Inside Michigan Stadium, university officials and some of Bo Schembechler's former players, assistants and colleagues along with son Shemy were to pay tribute to the famed coach later in the day.

Some of the thousands expected to pay respects at "A Celebration of Bo's Life" entered the stadium two hours before the program was to begin.

Schembechler died Friday at 77, ending a long battle with heart disease and diabetes, the day before his beloved Wolverines were beaten by fierce rival Ohio State 42-39.

A private funeral was held Monday. A day earlier, hundreds of maize-and-blue-clad mourners filed past Schembechler's casket at an Ann Arbor church.

Michigan Stadium's main gates were adorned with maize and blue balloons and pieces of paper with messages such as: "We will miss you."

At Schembechler Hall - where the football team practices and Schembechler kept an office down the hall from the current coaches - a shrine stood as a testament to what he meant to so many in this college town and beyond.

A No. 7 blue jersey was stuck to the frosted ground next to a No. 12 white jersey. In between was Schembechler's signature hat, featuring a block `M' with yellow stitching.

Football-shaped balloons were taped on the Schembechler Hall sign. In front of it, a white candle flickered. Someone left a ticket stub from the Ball State game Nov. 4 - the last time Schembechler watched a Michigan game in person. It carried the message: "RIP Bo Thanks Terry and Mike" written on it with a black marker.

Schembechler coached at Michigan from 1969-89, ending his career with 194 wins at what is college football's winningest program. His career record was 234-65-8, including six seasons at Miami of Ohio.