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Bo's Warriors
Bo's Warriors

Bo's Warriors

Bo Schembechler and the Transformation of Michigan Football
By Frank Lieberman, Foreword by Mike Keller

SPORTS & RECREATION

256 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

Trade Paper, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $21.95)

ISBN 9781629370514

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Oct 2014)

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A giant tsunami hit the staid Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan in 1969 when it was announced that Glenn Edward "Bo" Schembechler was to be the new head football coach, replacing the beloved Bump Elliott. Efforts to pronounce the last name correctly came in response to thousands of questioners asking "Bo who?" but it didn't take long before his name and the Wolverines' resurrected football fortunes were the talk not only of the town, but of the hundreds of thousands of Michigan alumni across the country and around the world. Bo's Warriors is the story of that man and the moribund football program he revived. Bo won a school record 194 games while losing only 48 and never had a losing season. His Michigan teams won or shared the Big Ten title 13 times and made 10 Rose Bowl appearances. In 1968 under Elliott, archrival Ohio State had pounded the Wolverines 50-14, and to add insult to injury, Buckeye coach Woody Hayes went for a two point conversion late in the game rather than kicking the extra point. When asked why he went for two, Hayes is said to have replied, "because I couldn't go for three." The next year, Bo's first as coach, the defending national champion Buckeyes were 17 point favorites, but the 7-2 Wolverines dominated Ohio State and beat them 24-12. In a single afternoon, Schembechler had resurrected Michigan's proud football tradition and returned the program to the country's elite. Bo's Warriors is the story of Bo's first year as coach, seen through the eyes of several players and one assistant coach, and making the excitement of that historic season come alive.

Author Biography

Frank Lieberman is a practicing psychologist, a TV host, a motivational speaker, and an ultrarunner. He has teaching experience at all levels of public education, including community college and university. He won all-city honors playing football in Detroit public schools and attended the University of Detroit on a football scholarship. He is the author of It Has Nothing to Do with Age. He lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California.

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December 14, 2014 | The News-Herald
September 22, 2014 | Charlevoix Courier

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Bo’s Warriors:

Bo Schembechler and the

Transformation of Michigan Football

By Frank Lieberman, Foreword by Mike Keller

 

The Genius Behind U of M Coaching Legend Bo Schembechler 

 

In 1969 when Glenn E. “Bo” Schembechler replaced Bump Elliot as the head football coach at University of Michigan, Wolverine fans around the country were shook with confusion. The question that rang among fans was, “Bo who?” At a time of pure shock, no one could have guessed that this unknown Ohioan would be the man to resurrect U of M football and set the tone for the level of excellence that is now associated with the University of Michigan.

 

Through the memories of several players and coaches, Bo’s Warriors: Bo Schembechler and the Transformation of Michigan Football (Triumph Books, October 2014) by Frank Lieberman tells the story of Bo’s first year as head coach. Within his first meeting with his new team, Bo told the Wolverines that they were soft and undisciplined. Combining this mental toughness with his ability to teach, motivate and understand the importance of “team,” Bo led the Wolverines to 194 wins and 13 Big Ten Titles in 21 seasons. With personal stories from Coach Gary Moeller and players such as Jim Brandstatter, Tom Curtis, Dan Dierdorf, Fritz Seyferth, Reggie McKenzie, Mike Keller and Jim Betts, Bo’s Warriors provides an inside look into the man that elevated Michigan football to the program it is today, including:

 

  • The legendary 1969 Ohio State vs. Michigan game where Michigan prevailed 24-12
  • Bo’s transition from mentee to rival as he went from working with Ohio State’s Woody Hayes to coaching OSU’s biggest adversary
  • The psychological genius behind Bo’s coaching methods
  • The tension and culture that surrounded the team at a time where the Vietnam War, Watts Riots, political assassinations and campus unrest were prevalent

 

Bo’s Warriors provides an inside look into a transformational time in Wolverines’ history and the legendary coach that lead them to success. This is a must read for all U of M fans who want to gain a deeper understanding of the history that makes the Maize and Blue such a legendary program.

 

About the Author:

Frank Lieberman is a practicing psychologist, a TV host, a motivational speaker, and an ultrarunner. He has teaching experience at all levels of public education, including community college and university. He won all-city honors playing football in Detroit public schools and attended the University of Detroit on a football scholarship. He is the author of It Has Nothing to Do with Age. He lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California.

 

Contact: Josh Williams - Triumph Books - 312.568.5404 - j.williams@triumphbooks.com

 

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