Bo Schembechler still inspires Harbaugh

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
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On the anniversary of legendary coach Bo Schembechler’s passing, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh paid tribute.

Harbaugh played quarterback for Michigan under Schembechler, who died nine years ago.

“Coach Schembechler is a daily source of inspiration, remains that for me and all of the people he coached or was associated with,” Harbaugh said Tuesday on the Big Ten coaches conference call. “Today is a special day in remembering Coach Schembechler.”

He was asked what Schembechler might say to Harbaugh’s Wolverines (8-2, 5-1), as they prepare for their final two regular-season games, beginning Saturday at Penn State and then returning home to face Ohio State on Nov. 28.

“He’d tell them to have it, enjoy the healthy, honest fair competition of playing in big games in November,” Harbaugh said. “I think that’s what he would say.”

Harbaugh touched briefly on several other topics. Here are the highlights:

■ He was asked what comes to mind regarding late Penn State coach Joe Paterno, whose long career ended when he was fired as part of a shakeup resulting from how the school handled child sex-abuse allegations against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky: “I didn’t prepare myself to answer that question, so I won’t. I’ll pass on that one.”

■ On where quarterback Jake Rudock, the Big Ten’s co-offensive Player of the Week, has made his biggest improvements: “Multiple. I just think multiple areas. No. 1 in the Big Ten in passing efficiency, accuracy, leadership, winning. He’s done a fabulous job.”

■ On how it feels to be fulfilling his boyhood dream of being Michigan head coach: “I feel happy and productive in my role as a coach here at Michigan.”

■ On shoring up the defensive line, which has lost nose tackle Ryan Glasgow for the rest of the season (pectoral injury): “We’re attacking the week of preparation. We are forging on. We feel good about the guys we’ve got. We’re ready to go. Attacking the week.”

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