Jim Harbaugh smashes buckeye at Bo Schembechler's grave

Jim Harbaugh smashes a buckeye

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh smashes a buckeye at former Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler's grave. Harbaugh's father and Michigan fans joined in to honor Schembechler. Michigan plays the rival Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday.

Ann Arbor, Mich. -- In the lead-up to the rivalry game between Michigan and Ohio State on Saturday, Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh participated Tuesday in the annual pilgrimage to the graves of Michigan football coaches Fielding Yost and Bo Schembechler and radio broadcaster Bob Ufer.

Once there, Harbaugh, a former Michigan quarterback, smashed a buckeye in front of the grave of his former coach.

"Bo was my coach," Harbaugh said, accordingly to the Detroit News. "I first met him when I was 9 years old, when my dad coached here at Michigan. ... He was larger than life to our family."

"Getting to play for coach Schembechler, what I can tell you is this: Everything I base my entire professional life on and my personal life was learned here at the University of Michigan," he continued. "It's rooted at the University of Michigan. It was experienced at the University of Michigan. And it's the team, the team, the team. We win as a team. Everybody does a little, and it adds up to a lot.

"When it came to honor, integrity, doing things at the highest level, Bo Schembechler set the standard. I draw daily inspiration from coach Schembechler, like so many that knew him, anybody that knew him, anybody that was associated with him, anybody that played for him or anybody that coached with him, he set the standard at the very highest level. One of the greatest of all time, Bo Schembechler."

On the walk through the cemetery, Harbaugh was accompanied by his father, Jack, and his 15-year-old daughter, Grace, as well as an estimated 200 fans and event organizer Jeffrey Holzhausen.

The group sang the Michigan alma mater and fight song after paying respects at the graves.