Bo Schembechler statue on U-M campus defaced with red paint

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A statue on the University of Michigan campus of legendary football coach Glenn “Bo” Schembechler has been vandalized and a message supporting sexual assault victims of a former sports doctor scrawled on the steps beneath it

Written in black on the steps was: “Bo knew #hailtothevictims.”

The university said Wednesday in a statement that the vandalism was under investigation.

A law firm hired by U-M found that officials failed to stop the late Dr. Robert Anderson, despite hearing reports that he sexually assaulted student athletes. The university is in mediation with lawyers who are seeking a financial settlement for 800-plus people, mostly men.

Schembechler’s son, Matt, has said he told his father that Anderson assaulted him as a child. Another son, Glenn, does not think his father was aware that Anderson was doing anything unacceptable during exams.

An email sent to the Free Press Wednesday morning read, “This action is done in solidarity with the Hail to the Victims campaign,” according to the newspaper.

Some have called for Schembechler’s statue to be taken down and his name removed from the football building.

Anderson retired in 2003 and died in 2008.

Schembechler, who died in 2006, is hailed as the greatest coach of college football’s winningest program. He led the Wolverines from 1969-89, won 194 games at the school, and had 234 victories including wins over six seasons at Miami of Ohio.

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