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08:15 AM ET 02.01 | Waking up the echoes is generally reserved for rival Notre Dame, but Michigan has its echoes, too -- and they're being heard in New Orleans. [Bo Schembechler] has been a presence during Super Bowl week. His name and deeds have been invoked by both head coaches -- the Ravens' John Harbaugh and the 49ers' Jim Harbaugh. "The great joy that I get is that John, when he did his first press conference with the Baltimore Ravens, the question was asked, 'Tell us the first thing you're going to do as the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens,'" said Jack Harbaugh. ... "John said, 'The number one thing will be the team. The number two thing will be the team. And the number three thing will be the team.'" That was Schembechler's famous motto.

The Detroit News

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February 1, 2013  08:30 AM ET

Schembechler - McCarthur?
Talk amongst yourselves.

February 1, 2013  09:03 AM ET

Bo was one of the greastest coachs of all time.He had a clean program and he loved the game.Bo loved the great Woody Hays and loved butt heads with him that is why the GAME is a street fight.

February 1, 2013  09:10 AM ET
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Street fight, you say? OK.

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February 1, 2013  11:31 AM ET

Both Harbaughs have posted "The Team, The Team, The Team" signs in their respective facilities.

Here's the original speech if you are so inclined.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjv2iDxiGBI

February 1, 2013  11:48 AM ET

The Detroit News worshipped Schembechler when he was alive, and have continued to keep his name in front of people at every opportunity. Their coverage of this Super Bowl has primarily focused on the influence Schembechler had on the Harbaughs.

February 1, 2013  11:51 AM ET
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The Detroit News worshipped Schembechler when he was alive, and have continued to keep his name in front of people at every opportunity. Their coverage of this Super Bowl has primarily focused on the influence Schembechler had on the Harbaughs.

Duffy was a great coach for Michigan State.

February 1, 2013  11:55 AM ET
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The Detroit News worshipped Schembechler when he was alive, and have continued to keep his name in front of people at every opportunity. Their coverage of this Super Bowl has primarily focused on the influence Schembechler had on the Harbaughs.

I've always considered Bo the Freddie Akers of TSUN.

February 1, 2013  12:01 PM ET
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The Detroit News worshipped Schembechler when he was alive, and have continued to keep his name in front of people at every opportunity. Their coverage of this Super Bowl has primarily focused on the influence Schembechler had on the Harbaughs.

And this "worshipping" was brought on by . . .

I know you won't finish the thought so here goes the short verison . . .

Basically up until the late 40's / 50's Michigan, along with Notre Dame, were considered by many the nations best football programs.

Beginning in the 50's and through most of the 60's Michigan program was in decline relatively speaking.

In 1969, Michigan hired Glenn "Bo" Schembechler taking over a medicre progam from "Bump" Elliot.

In late November 1969, the fledgling Wolverines with a 7-3 (I think) record took on the "Unbeatable" Woody Hayes led Buckeyes in Ann Arbor. Some said they could beat NFL teams.

What followed was the "Upset of the Century" (per Bill Fleming ABC's announcer on the scene).

I won't bore you any more with the rest . . . let's just say it's history.

This "worshiping" may be over the top but some of it is definitely deserved. He was quite a personality.

February 1, 2013  12:15 PM ET

Yes he was, and a great influence in CFB. Duffy's active recruiting of African-American high school stars in the South (Bubba Smith, Gene Washington, Jimmie Raye, George Webster et al) resulted in two national titles and forced the southern schools to integrate.

February 1, 2013  12:27 PM ET
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and forced the southern schools to integrate.

Integrate their football teams.

February 1, 2013  01:48 PM ET

Another Buckeye done good at tsun because they weren't good enough for their first choice of The Ohio State University.

February 1, 2013  02:23 PM ET

"We're getting the band back together."

February 1, 2013  02:32 PM ET
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I've always considered Bo the Freddie Akers of TSUN.

darrell rogers was a joke and loved sheep.

February 1, 2013  04:28 PM ET
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darrell rogers was a joke and loved sheep.

now did you mean dale rogers, the wife of roy, or Darrell Royal, the very successful coach, who had 3 more MNC than Bo?

I said Akers because, like Bo, he had great teams, a similar winning %, a similar horrid bowl record and just missed the MNC on several occassions

 
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