Bo Schembechler is one of Michigan’s most beloved football figures, but a shocking revelation made by his son this week could change that for many.
Schembechler’s son, Matthew Schembechler, told Kim Kozlowski of the Detroit News Wednesday that the team’s former Michigan doctor, Dr. Robert Anderson, sexually molested him when he was 10 years old. Matthew said he told his father about it the legendary coach refused to act and intervenes to save Anderson’s work.
Matthew said Anderson sexually molested her during a physical exam to play in a football league for young people. He says Bo went into a fit of rage and punched him in the chest when he informed the father of the abuse. Young Schembechler, now 62, said his mother invited former Michigan athletic director Don Canham to his home to report the incident. Canham began firing Anderson before Bo intervened, according to Matthew.
“(Canham) spoke to Anderson and got rid of him almost immediately,” Schembechler said. “Bo came over and said, ‘I need him, he’s our team doctor, restore him,’ and he did….
“I was confused because he was angry with me. Bo wouldn’t talk about it. Bo did what was best for Bo. ”
Schembechler is scheduled to discuss his story at a press conference Thursday. He says his father failed to protect many others from Anderson, who is accused of assaulting more than 800 people.
Anderson was the head of the University of Michigan health services and the team doctor from 1966 to 2003. In February 2020, former Michigan student Robert Julian Stone publicly accused Anderson of sexually abusing him. in 1971. More than 800 alleged victims came out with similar charges. In Detroit News has shared more on legal proceedings.
Bo Schembechler coached Michigan from 1969 to 1989. He won 13 Big Ten championships and is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the program.