Jim Harbaugh owns up to mistake in Glenn Schembechler hire
Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh has taken responsibility for the hiring of Glenn “Shemy” Schembechler, the son of the late, legendary coach Bo Schembechler, as assistant director of football recruiting. Schembechler stepped down from his position just three days after his appointment, when it was discovered that his personal Twitter account contained “likes” of racist content.
According to a Thursday report from MLive, Harbaugh slammed the offensive content that led to Schembechler’s resignation, saying that the school needed to do better in vetting its candidates. “Once I became aware of things that were offensive—offensive to me, offensive to other members of our team—[we acted],” said Harbaugh in a statement, before adding that he would be taking responsibility for the oversight.
Harbaugh also announced that the third-party human resources group responsible for vetting Schembechler had been dropped by the school. “We’ve got a new company doing that, but they’ve got to be better,” he said. “If somebody can find that [racist content] in a day, then we have to be better ourselves.”
Bo Schembechler was a highly successful coach at Michigan from 1969 to 1989, leading the Wolverines to 13 Big Ten titles. The younger Schembechler was a longtime NFL scout and most recently worked with the Raiders.
Q: Who is Glenn “Shemy” Schembechler?
A: Schembechler is the son of legendary Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler. He was recently hired as assistant director of football recruiting at Michigan but resigned three days later following a major social media controversy.
Q: What was the controversy surrounding Schembechler’s resignation?
A: It was discovered that Schembechler’s personal Twitter account contained “likes” of racist content, including posts that suggested slavery and Jim Crow were positive ways to strengthen black individuals and families.
Q: How did Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh respond to the controversy?
A: Harbaugh took responsibility for the oversight in hiring Schembechler and announced that the school had dropped the third-party human resources group responsible for vetting him. He also called for better vetting practices in the future.
Jim Harbaugh admits error in hiring Glenn Schembechler.
Michigan head football coach, Jim Harbaugh, has taken responsibility for the recent hire of Glenn “Shemy” Schembechler, the son of Michigan’s legendary head coach, Bo Schembechler, as assistant director of football recruiting. Schembechler resigned just three days after his hiring, after it was discovered that his personal Twitter account contained “likes” of racist content, including posts that promoted slavery and Jim Crow. Harbaugh slammed the offensive content in a recent report, stating that the school “didn’t want that mindset around”. Harbaugh also revealed that the third-party human resources group responsible for vetting and clearing Schembechler has been dropped and that a new company has taken over the process. Bo Schembechler coached Michigan from 1969-89, leading the Wolverines to 13 Big Ten titles.