Here's a little lesson from Bo on Michigan tradition

Staff Writer
The Columbus Dispatch

While getting a little "Michigan Man" background info for a column for tomorrow's Dispatch on the hiring of West Virginia's Rich Rodriguez as coach, I happened upon a chapter of the book Bo Schembechler did with John U. Bacon, called Bo's Lasting Lessons.

It bears reprinting because it shows how Schembechler and other coaches in his day -- yes, including Woody Hayes -- put more value on the tradition of the programs they were in charge of than material things.

“When I coached at Ohio State and even at Miami, we had really good facilities,” Schembechler wrote. “When I got here, I was shocked. Our locker room was on the second floor of Yost Field House. We sat in rusty, folding chairs and hung our clothes on nails hammered into a two-by-four bolted into the wall. Those were our "lockers"! My coaches started complaining. ‘What the hell is this?’ they said. ‘We had better stuff at Miami.’ “I cut that off right away. ‘No, we didn't,’ I said. ‘See this chair? Fielding Yost sat in this chair. See this nail? Fielding Yost hung his hat on this nail. And you're telling me we had better stuff at Miami? No, men, we didn't. We have tradition here, Michigan tradition, and that's something no one else has!’”

Schembechler said that settled it, and I'm sure it did. But it does make you wonder what Bo would think about Michigan having to pay a $4 million buyout to bring a coach who wasn't a Michigan Man.