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March 24, 2021
“It’s a cliff hanger here in Ann Arbor, a barnburner, call it what you will. Wide to the right is Bo Rather, it’s Taylor deep and Cyprus close, Larry CIpa under center, and a balanced line. CIpa rolls off to the right and pitches to Taylor…TOUCHDOWN BILLY TAYLOR! TOUCHDOWN BILLY TAYLOR!”
And so Billy Taylor’s winning touchdown run against Ohio State in the 1971 game was immortalized by legendary announcer Bob Ufer. It led to the Wolverines victory, and another stellar season for still new Michigan coach Bo Schembechler.
For Dr. Billy Taylor it was the highlight of his athletic career. This, despite predictions that he would go on to NFL fame. That didn’t happen owing to a string of bad decisions precipitated by an improbably string of tragedies, leaving Taylor in prison instead of the NFL.
How he came back from that brink, to earn a Masters Degree and a PhD are the stuff of legend. The story of how important Bo Schembechler and Flint were to that comeback tale are also stories worth hearing—and hear them you will on this show. Directly from Billy Taylor himself. Dr. Taylor touches on sports, culture, and more in this wide ranging interview that will not disappoint sports fans in general and Michigan fans in particular. But for fans of resilience, and Flintstones, it’s a true treat!