Glenn Schembechler, son of late Michigan coach Bo Schembechler, resigned Saturday as the Wolverines’ assistant director of recruiting just three days after he was hired.
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.
“We are aware of some comments and likes on social media that have caused concern and pain for 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.”
The Detroit News reported Saturday that Schembechler’s Twitter 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 families.”
All employees at the university are subject to a background check, according to Michigan’s Standard Practice Guide Policy.
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. 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 Robert Anderson. A campus statue of Schembechler was vandalized in 2021 and there were calls for the university to rename Schembechler Hall.
–Field Level Media