BOUQUETS AND BOOS FOR BO
Thank you for Douglas S. Looney's excellent article on Glenn (Bo) Schembechler (Bo, Sept. 14), an insightful look at an incredibly successful yet often misunderstood coach who has been unfairly labeled a "choker." One must admit that Michigan has had some unbelievably bad luck in postseason play, e.g., Bo's heart attack, Charles White's phantom touchdown and John Wangler's injury in the 1979 Gator Bowl.
The most impressive thing about Bo, however, is that he is the proverbial square peg in a round hole. He came to Ann Arbor, a bastion of liberalism in the Midwest, in 1969, at the height of the anti- Vietnam War demonstrations, and installed a program of discipline and regimentation second to none. Win or lose, pass or run, we have a great coach at Michigan.
I hope your fine article about Coach Schembechler will finally inform your readers of what all of Bo's former players know so well: Bo rarely looses the real Big One in college football. He instills his honesty, integrity and intensity in all of the players he coaches so they will continue to be successful long after their days in Ann Arbor are concluded.
Michigan Football Team 1971-73
Thank you, Douglas S. Looney. I always knew that if my son were to develop basketball skills in high school, I would love to have him go on to play at Indiana. Now I know that if his skills should happen to be in football, he could do no better than to go to Ann Arbor.
I have just finished reading your fine article on Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler. I now respect him and like him a little more than I have for the past 12 years. I cheered for him and Michigan in the "tough" game against Notre Dame last week and will probably do so even in those "bigger" games against Northwestern and Illinois. But I do know this: I'm going to hate him and definitely root against him and Michigan on Nov. 21.
Ohio State '83
Poor Bo! Here's a fellow who has put together a team that is "poised to make a serious run for the national championship," but he apparently forgot that you have to walk before you can run. How about those Badgers? On, Wisconsin!
Being picked No. 1 has proved to be a jinx for Michigan; how else can one explain the season-opener loss to lowly Wisconsin?
Would that Bo had 1) read your article, 2) recalled that 1975 Northwestern game and 3) suddenly bolted upright in his hotel room in Madison and said, "Goddam, Wisconsin is good and we aren't ready. I am sitting on an upset."
Anyway, the result at Madison "would have killed an ordinary man."
PAUL G. VIELMETTI
I found Douglas S. Looney's article canonizing Bo Schembechler as the latest dean of college coaches rather disappointing. People like Bo prove what college football has degenerated to: a big business that tolerates men like Bo as long as they fill big stadiums and get big donations from alumni.