Bo Falls Ill During Television Show

By: Asociated Press
By: Asociated Press

Legendary former Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler became ill Friday at the taping of a weekly television show on college football.

"He had some problems at the set and he's going to the doctor now," Michigan Spokesman Bruce Madej said. "But before he went to the doctor, he did his show."

The 77-year-old Schembechler was at WXYZ-TV Studios in Southfield and wasn't feeling well around 10AM, before the taping started, said Don Shane, the sports director who hosts the "Big Ten Ticket," which previews Michigan and Michigan State football games.

The station called 911 and attended to Schembechler before paramedics arrived, Shane said. The former coach was soon feeling better, Shane said, and decided to go on with the taping before leaving to see a doctor.

"He was being Bo and extremely adamant about taping the show," Shane said.

Shane and Schembechler taped part of the show, which airs Saturdays during football season, and Shane planned to tape the rest on his own.

The seven-time Big Ten Coach of the Year compiled a 194-48-5 record while coaching from 1969-89 at Michigan. Schembechler's overall record in 26 years was 234-64-8 when he retired after the 1989 season.

As a coach, Schembechler was an intense disciplinarian who had a heart attack on the eve of his first Rose Bowl, in 1970, and another heart attack in 1987. He had two quadruple heart bypass operations.


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