Memories from 1969: Those Who Stayed Were Champions

Nov. 16, 2009

Saturday's meeting with Ohio State marks the 40th anniversary of Michigan's 1969 win over the top-ranked Buckeyes in Bo Schembechler's first season as head coach. All week on, former players and Bo himself share memories of that season and the memorable November upset, leading up to Michigan's pivotal regular-season finale with the Buckeyes in the Big House.

Those Who Stayed Were Champions
Dick Caldarazzo / 1968-69 Letterman

One cannot properly begin a discussion of the 1969 Michigan-Ohio State game without mentioning the 1968 game. That 50-14 loss was a bitter pill to swallow that day, but it later turned out to be an inspiration for the '69 team. The following year, Bump retired and Bo came on board as our head coach. Our season gained momentum with two small bumps, Missouri and Michigan State. However, by the time the Ohio State game came around, this team was ready for revenge. Bo, being the ultimate motivator, had plastered `50' everywhere in the locker room, on the demonstration team jerseys and helmets. Even the shower curtain that you had to pass through after practice to take a shower had a large number 50 emblazoned on it.

To read the rest of Caldarazzo's 1969 memories, be sure to pick up a copy of the gameday program at Michigan Stadium, featuring a commemorative section on Michigan's unforgettable win 40 years ago.

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