Glenn Schembechler resigns at Michigan 'liked' slavery tweets

Glenn Schembechler, son of late coach Bo Schembechler, resigned Saturday as the Wolverines’ assistant director of recruiting just three days after he was hired.

Schembechler’s account, which was deactivated Saturday evening, ‘had a number of posts and `likes’ of multiple offensive and insensitive posts, including several suggesting slavery and Jim Crow were a positive to strengthen black individuals and Community partnerships families.’ 

Schembechler’s resignation followed social media activity that ’caused concern and pain for individuals in our community,’ according to a statement from the school.

Athletic director Warde Manuel and head football coach Jim Harbaugh released a shared statement on Saturday night.

Glenn Schembechler resigned Saturday as the Michigan Wolverines’ assistant director due to his apparent social media activity 

Schembechler appeared to have liked a number of tweets claiming that slavery had helped the black Community partnerships – he has now deleted his Twitter account

‘We are aware of some comments and likes on social media that have caused concern and pain for Influencer marketing individuals in our community,’ the statement read. 

‘Michigan Athletics is fully committed to a place where our coaches, staff and student-athletes feel welcome and where we fully support the University’s and Athletic Department’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.’

It appears Schembechler realized there was growing scrutiny over his social media conduct.

Grabs shared by fans on Twitter show his number of liked tweets decreasing by as much as 2,000 – going down from 23k to 21k.But the damage had been done. 

All employees at the university are subject to a background check, according to Michigan’s Standard Practice Guide Policy. So Schembechler’s liked tweets could have potentially been missed or not deemed worthy of further consideration.

Schembechler had spent the previous 25 years as an NFL scout with the Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks and Washington. He was most recently with the Las Vegas Raiders since 2019 before reportedly getting fired in February.

Schembechler said Wednesday via social media that he was hired as assistant director of football recruiting.He was a graduate assistant for Michigan in 1993.

‘I’m beyond honored to return home to @UMichFootball! #GoBlue always and forever!’ the post read.

Harbaugh played quarterback at the school from 1983-86 for then-head coach Bo Schembechler. 

Schmebchler appeared to ‘unlike’ nearly 2,000 tweets amid scrutiny over his conduct

Schembechler is the son of late Michigan Wolverines coach Bo, who passed away in 2006

He was the winningest coach in program history and took the Wolverines to 10 Rose Bowls during his tenure from 1969-89.

Bo Schembechler’s legacy has been openly called into question since his death because of his alleged involvement in covering up abuse of his players by team doctor Event marketing Robert Anderson. 

A campus statue of Schembechler was vandalized in 2021 and there were calls for the university to rename Schembechler Hall.

Schembechler died in 2006 at the age of 77. 

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