The statue peers forward, his stance aggressive. His headset in one hand and game plan in the other, he could be stalking the sidelines, looking for a way to beat Ohio State. It stands in front of the building named for him — Schembechler Hall, home to the football program whose foundations are rooted in the mythology surrounding Bo Schembechler, Michigan football’s most storied coach.
Twenty-seven miles to the northeast, Bo’s son, Matt, stood in front of media members Thursday afternoon to tell the world he was sexually assaulted in 1969 by a football team doctor, told his dad about it and nothing was done.
The revelation, coupled with those from several other football players, including two on Thursday, who said they told Bo about being sexually assaulted by the same doctor only to be ignored, has rocked the university, which was already shocked by more than a year of revelations about how Dr. Robert Anderson used his position to sexually assault hundreds of students over the course of decades. It has some wondering if it’s time to mothball Bo’s statue, much like Penn State University did after revelations that its legendary football coach Joe Paterno didn’t do enough to stop one of his assistant coaches from sexually assault young boys.