02. February 2010 · Comments Off on Bo Closing Messner · Categories: Archive 2009


With signing day upon us it’s a good chance to recall a piece from a favorite interview of mine, Michigan legend Mark Messner.

I pick it up, Messner just had the time of his life on a recruiting trip at UCLA, and already told then-coach Terry Donahue that he was a Bruin.  Then this happened:

But Coach Moeller and Coach Bo knew UCLA was my last visit.  So when my parents and I pulled up the house on the way back from the airport, there was this Delta 88 by the side of the driveway.  It was like 9 o’clock at night and getting dark.  It’s January or December.  Both doors open up and out stepped Moeller and Bo.

Bo walks over, just hands me a tape and says [Messner in perfect Bo voice]: “You’re a Michigan man and you belong at Michigan.”  And got back in the car.

That was it.  He didn’t come in the house, they just took off.  I couldn’t believe he came back up there.

The audio clip is worth a listen, apologies for the background noise as we were inside a coffee shop up in Brighton:

Mark Messner interview:
Part I:  Posted on these pages, Messner talks about his recruiting process, Bo and more.
Part II:  Mark Messner Interview (extended version)

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