As a somber Michigan football team headed to Ohio for the much-anticipated game against the Buckeyes, students and faculty remembered legendary former coach Bo Schembechler, who died Friday at age 77.
University President Mary Sue Coleman said his death came as a "tremendous shock" and was "an irreplaceable loss for the University of Michigan."
"He was a giant of a coach and a giant of a man," Michigan athletic director Bill Martin said at a news conference at the Southfield hospital where Schembechler died.
Sophomore Michigan water polo player Mary Chatigny, 19, of Palm Springs, Calif., had never heard of Schembechler until she came to Michigan on an athletic scholarship. But she was inspired when he spoke at a banquet for all freshmen athletes, telling them about the responsibility that comes with wearing a Michigan uniform.
"Always hold yourself in responsibility. Be proud to wear your Michigan gear. Be proud to be a student athlete," she remembers him saying.
He also told them to go to class and always be on time, something her parents often told her.
"Coming from him, it just stuck so much more."
She called the death the day before the game between No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 Michigan "surreal" but thought it would inspire the Michigan team.