COLUMBUS, Ohio -- What began as a day filled with football
talk and parties across the Ohio State campus quickly turned somber.
Former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler, one of the biggest in
college football, collapsed and died in a TV studio the day before
the No. 1 Buckeyes were to host their storied rival.
"This is an extraordinary loss for college football," coach
Jim Tressel said in a statement. "Bo Schembechler touched the
lives of many people and made the game of football better in every
way. He will always be both a Buckeye and a Wolverine and our
thoughts are with all who grieve his loss."
Schembechler was an assistant coach at Ohio State from 1958 to
1962 under legendary Buckeyes coach Woody Hayes. The two remained
friends through years of bitterly fought games.
The No. 2 Wolverines were to arrive at Ohio Stadium on Friday
afternoon, Ohio State said. Michigan coach Lloyd Carr was expected
to make a statement.
Ohio State will observe a moment of silence for Schembechler
before the start of Saturday's game.
Former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce, who succeeded Hayes, spoke
Friday at a fundraiser on campus, where people with forlorn faces
were stunned at the news.
"The state of Ohio and the state of Michigan has lost a great
man, has lost a great coach, and a great dad," said Bruce, who
addressed the crowd choking back tears. "In my opinion, Bo
Schembechler is the greatest football coach Michigan ever had."