Great players but as coaches???
There have been several articles recently about former U-M tight-end Jay Riemersma returning to Zeeland East High School as Head Football Coach. Last year, as Interim Coach, Riemersma led his team to a "perfect" 0-9 season. Nevertheless, Riemersma was recently "rewarded" with the removal of Interim from his title and he is now the Head Coach at Zeeland East.
The Zeeland East High School Chix (that is really their name) are one of the worst teams in the state. They are almost as bad as the team coached by another U-M legend: Ron Simpkins. Simpkins was one of my favorite U-M players in the late-70's and he still holds the record for most tackles in a single season and in a career. However, he has not yet enjoyed that level of success in terms of wins and losses during his coaching career at his high school alma mater Detroit Western. Simpkins has been the Head Coach for the past 12 years and his primary area of success has been more in the "molder of men" category than the "wins/losses" category. At least that is what I got from a Detroit News article profiling him in October, 2005.
I'm all for teaching young high schoolers the ways of Michigan Men but maybe Bo could come out of retirement for a Friday night or two to give some former Wolverines a little help on the sidelines in leading their charges to a couple of more "W's". Or, they could do what former U-M Safety Mike Jolly (#16) did and become an Athletic Director (Troy Schools) and let someone else take the heat on the sidelines. Go Blue!