We're in the heart of the 2009 college football season and the Arkansas Razorbacks are having a better year than last year under second-year Coach Bobby Petrino (thank goodness), although losing against the Florida Gators a couple of weeks ago still stings. Transfer Ryan Mallett had a fantastic game yesterday against the South Carolina Gamecocks, and it is interesting that his former coach at Michigan, Rich Rodriguez, is having a fairly mediocre year in his second year leading the Wolverines.
This serves as a nice little segue into my latest blog post about a story involving legendary Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler. Before passing away in 2006, according to the university's website he coached the Wolverines for 21 seasons and had a winning percentage of .796 overall and .850 in the Big Ten Conference. Although he was never able to win a national championship while at Michigan, he took the Wolverines to 17 bowl games and won 13 conference titles.
Given his success as a college football coach, and given the money that head football coaches make at major Division I universities, there is no doubt that Coach Schembechler accumulated some substantial assets over the years. It appears that there is now a family dispute with respect to those assets, as a recent article discusses how Schembechler's son has sued his stepmother (his father's third wife) in Ohio federal court over her alleged failure to provide quarterly statements about the trust under which he is evidently a beneficiary.
This is one of the most common types of disputes in trust litigation, because one of the very reasons that people form trusts is because of confidentiality concerns, and yet at the same time the beneficiaries of that trust desire and to some extent are entitled to certain information about the trust (depending upon each state's laws). It will be interesting to see whether this particular conflict evolves into a larger dispute over trust administration and assets or is resolved quickly once the accounting issue is straightened out.