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It Has Nothing To Do With Age provides self-help principles. The inspirational stories give concrete illustrations of overcoming many of life's challenges. Difficulties pertaining to depression, grief, divorce, and death are presented and worked through by the participants. Physical impairments, injuries, overcoming issues with weight, alcohol, and nicotine are also dealt with and resolved by the athletes.

This book provides a model on how to overcome some of the difficulties that confront all of us . Further, this read sheds a beacon of light on preventive measures for good physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that exercise is an important component in treating such ailments and debilitating illness such as depression, stroke, heart disease, brain or cognitive malfunction,and Alzheimer's disease.

I suggest that proper exercise can be used as a preventive measure for psychological, cognitive, and physical health as well. Follow my prescription and lead a better, more fulfilling, and healthier life.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Players Mental Toughness with Bo Schembechler-Part 2

                                                                 Introduction Continued

Don Canham  has an illustrious Michigan athletic and coaching history as well. Don obviously felt confident that he could weather out the storm he initiated. To ease some feathers, he offered Bump a position in the athletic department as Assistant Athletic Director.

Don Canham lettered in track at the University of Michigan from 1939-1941. In 1940, he held the NCAA title in high jump and was an All-American. From 1949-68, he was the track and field coach for the Wolverines. He led them to 12 Big Ten Conference Championships, of which seven(7) were indoor and five(5) were outdoor. His Michigan track team also set world records in both the 4 mile relay and the distance medley relay. Yes, he too was impressive as an athlete and as a track and field coach .

From 1968-88,Athletic Director Canham rebuilt and solidified Michigan’s dominance as a sports powerhouse. In fact, under his stewardship, Michigan’s Wolverines teams amassed 72 Big Ten championships. Behind his marketing and promotional leadership, the attendance for Michigan football reached unheard of heights. Since 1975, the average attendance for 186 home football games averaged more than 100,000. And from 1973 through 2004, Michigan, led the nation, in football attendance 30 out of 31 times. Throughout the land, the Michigan Stadium is known as the “Big House.” Canham, used his business skills as a marketer, promoter and fundraiser talents wisely. In fact, he was a first-ever to incorporate a direct mail advertising program to solicit attendees for football and other sports at the University Michigan. This genius won many awards as an athletic director; his counsel with sought by many; and his model was imitated throughout NCAA sports. This icon set the bar very high and redefined the position of athletic director.

Who was this 39-year-old man from Ohio named Bo? What did Don Canham, realize, at the time, that others did not? Was Don really a genius or was he just lucky? Maybe the planets were aligned since this was the Age of Aquarius. Well, Bo was born in Barberton, Ohio. Was there  significance in where he was born? Maybe, just maybe, being from a rural farmland area suggests that Bo knew about the world of hard, physical work first hand. What about the fact that he played football, tackle position, in high school and achieved all-state honors? Okay, he was a very good high school football player and played in one powerful football milieu within our country. Terrific football and other sports are played, at exceptional levels, in this state. So far we have a combination of a young man knowing about hard work, playing a team sport and excelling in the sport of football. Further, we know, that he attended college at Miami of Ohio, played offensive tackle in football and lettered in 1949 and 1950. Now we know, that he can learn, he can follow direction, he likes game of football, he is teachable, and he made a significant contribution to his teams.

Bo Schembechler was forming and curing the foundation for what was  to follow. This might interest you as the dots start to be connected. You might ask, and/or might be curious as to who coached, Bo in college? If you’re football fan, you certainly know the name Sid Gilman. Mr. Gilman was considered a football man ahead of his time as far as offense was concerned, and some will say, was the architect of today’s West Coast offense. You might be surprised to find out that his other coach was the one and only Woody Hayes. Really, you might say, this young man was playing for, and learning from the best of the best and he didn’t have to travel very far from home to do it. I’ll wager that Bo learned a lot from both of those men and his impressionable young mind was being shaped and sharpened, especially offensive football philosophy.

After college, Bo went into the service and learned more about discipline, giving direction, following direction, order, group cohesion and working together for a common cause. This young military man also coached as he was serving his country. Bo was developing even more insight into the social psychology of human behavior and group dynamics: thank you.

Bo, after service, enrolled at Ohio State to get a Masters degree  in education and became a graduate assistant under head football coach Woody Hayes. Bo, being intelligent, reconnected with his mentor. Bo spent the next five years with Woody learning more under this master coach. Bo Schembechler was paying his dues. In fact, while being a line position coach, he coached a young man named Gary Moeller who was a team Captain  on Woody’s undefeated 1963 team. Co-captain Gary later became Coach Gary Moeller.

Bo coached at a number of other colleges(Presbyterian, Bowling Green, and Northwestern) before becoming the head coach at Miami of Ohio. At Miami of Ohio University, he compiled a 40-17-3 record from 1963-1968. During his  coaching career as an assistant , coach Schembechler learned from and with another football legend by the name of Ara Parseghian. Mr. Parseghian reached fame and legendary status as the head coach at Notre Dame. By now, it must be clear, to you, that Bo was being trained by not only the best minds in football, he’s been given the opportunity to implement what he has learned. Up to this point, he’s moving rapidly up the coaching ladder with determined motivation. Can you predict at this point, how high he will climb and what he will become?


                                                              Introduction to be continued  


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