Michigan is Experiencing Their Joe Paterno Moment with this Bo Schembechler Story

via University of Michigan

You following this Bo Schembechler story?

It’s not really in our wheelhouse, since Philadelphia sadly does not care about college football, which is the greatest sport in the world.

But what’s happening out in Ann Arbor is their version of the Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno scandal, with the legendary Michigan football coach on the verge of being wiped from the history books.

The gist of the story is that Schembechler’s son, Matt, recently came out and said that his father ignored sexual assaults that were committed by a former team doctor named Robert Anderson. In telling a personal story, the younger Schembechler said he was sexually assaulted by Anderson in 1969, but was punched in the chest and told not to bring it up when he went to his father.

The latest from ESPN:

Dan Kwiatkowski and Gilvanni Johnson joined Matt Schembechler on Thursday at a news conference in Michigan to share their stories. Kwiatkowski played offensive tackle for the Wolverines in the late 1970s; Johnson played wide receiver in the early 1980s.

Both men said they previously talked to investigators about being molested by Anderson while they were on the football team, but publicly revealed their identities for the first time earlier this week.

“If [Bo Schembechler] had stopped Anderson before 1982, I would not have been victimized at all,” Johnson said.

Schembechler died in 2006, but his name is synonymous with Wolverines football. He coached there from the early 60s to late 80s and there’s a building on campus called “Schembechler Hall.” He’s got a statue there, too, just like Joe Pa.

We experienced the Penn State/Sandusky/Paterno thing here in Pennsylvania and it will be interesting to follow this story and see what happens. In the case of PSU, part of the reckoning was influenced by Joe Pa still being alive, so maybe the Michigan thing plays out differently. It might end up being a thing where Schembechler is more or less wiped out of the history books and his name and likeness scrubbed from campus, but it would be done in a quieter fashion. There are a lot of similarities though, between the two situations.

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