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Disgraced doctor tied to Bo Schembechler's program

Disgraced University of Michigan doctor Robert Anderson was closely involved in the school’s athletic department for decades, including helping famed athletic director Don Canham cut costs by requiring annual physicals and teaming with legendary football coach Bo Schembechler to set up an important drug testing program.

Anderson’s sexual assaults were so well known among Michigan athletes, accusers have said, that he earned nicknames — “Dr. Drop Your Drawers” and “Dr. Glove.” Anderson was known to give unnecessary rectal and testicular exams to students. He also allegedly traded sexual favors for letters to Vietnam-era draft boards establishing men as homosexual and thus make them eligible for a draft deferment.

In letters, memos, postcards, meeting minutes and other official papers documenting Canham’s and Schembechler’s time at Michigan, Anderson’s name pops up regularly. He’s found in letters documenting ideas discussed on football team plane trips; on rosters for stays at hotels for bowl games, and even in less-than-flattering reviews of his doctoring, a Detroit Free Press review of boxes of documents stored at Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library show.

Don Canham, University of Michigan athletic director.

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Canham and Schembechler are credited most often for building the Block M brand into a marketing powerhouse, starting in the late ’60s.

Documents show both men firmly in control of their programs — Canham writes multiple letters to his staff about making fewer long-distance telephone calls, which would save money, while Schembechler sends a note to a staffer saying four players, including current Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh, then a star quarterback, would be coming in for extra running in order to adjust their attitudes.

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