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Monday, November 19, 2007
Carr to retire
Lloyd Carr walked off the field at Michigan Stadium Saturday for the last time as Michigan's head coach. He'll officially announce his retirement at a press conference today.
Players saddened by
After 13 years,
coach stepping aside
By DANIEL BROMWICH
Daily Sports Editor
It began the same way team meetings nor-
mally do after losses.
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr walked into
the meeting yesterday afternoon, and instead
of greeting their coach the way they do after
wins - with clapping and cheering - the
Wolverines were silent.
But that's not what Carr wanted.
"Did somebody die or something?" Carr
asked, according to those in the meeting,
which was closed to the media. "I'm going to
try this again. I want you guys to act like you
have a heartbeat."
Carr exited the room, re-entering moments
later to a standing ovation. That's when he
informed his players that he wouldn't return
next season, an announcement that, while
expected, still provoked strong emotions in
Some had to fight off tears as the man they
came to Michigan to play for told them he
would be leaving.
"It was emotional," senior safety Jamar
Adams said. "My eyes welled up, and a couple
other guys' eyes welled up. It's a family, and
... the leader of your family is about to leave.
That's hard to deal with."
Carr, usually stoic and unfazed, wasn't able
to completely hold back his emotions either.
"He got a little choked up, but he stayed
focused and strong for the guys," senior line-
backer Chris Graham said. "He's a strong man,
and I'm glad to have had him (as my coach)."
Graham indicated a main reason why he
came to Michigan was Carr's presence, and
other players echoed those sentiments.
"It's kind of difficult, because when I came
here, I admired coach Carr," wide receiver
Greg Mathews said. "He was somebody I
always looked up to, and he's one of the rea-
sons I came to this school, so it's kind of dif-
ficult to deal with right now."
The announcement didn't catch most play-
ers off-guard. Many heard on Saturday night
See MEETING, Page 7A
By SCOTT BELL
Daily Sports Editor
Lloyd Carr, the third-winningest coach in
Michigan football history, is stepping down
after 13 seasons as the Wolverines' head coach.
Carr told his team and staff yesterday at a
private afternoon meeting that he is retiring at
the end of this season.
The official announcement is expected come
this morning at a 10 a.m. press conference held
at the Junge Champions Center.
"He was just real sad - you could tell he was
real sad," wide receiver Adrian Arrington said.
"He was teary-eyed, real emotional. So it just
showed that he was hurting. It was ahard deci-
sion for him obviously."
The 62-year-old coach, who replaced Gary
Moeller in 1995, has posted a 121-40 record.
His final game as head coach will be the team's
In just his third year as head coach, Carr
led the Wolverines to their first National
Championship in nearly half a century - a
feat legendary coach Bo Schembechler never
The top candidate to replace Carr seems to
be a man with Michigan ties - which is not
surprising because every head coach after
Schembechler had worked under him.
Les Miles, head coach for No.1-ranked Loui-
siana State and a former assistant at Michigan,
is believed by many to be atop Michigan's wish
With Carr's announcement seven weeks
before the end of Louisiana State's season,
some think that's too long for Michigan to wait
to go after Miles.
Athletic Director Bill Martin plans to talk
to Carr for input on a replacement. But Martin
also said it's his call on who will become Mich-
igan's fourth coach in the past 40 years.
"I would certainly talk to him about it. I'd be
crazy not to with his knowledge of coaches in
this country," Martin said after Saturday's 14-3
loss to Ohio State, before Carr's plans to retire
were revealed. "Ultimately the buck stops with
See CARR, Page 7A
Thai students: Eaterys
name is offensive
Group wants No 2005. She thought the name sug-
gested that Thai people were not
Thai! to change welcome in the restaurant.
Members of the Thai Student
moniker Association, including Sarntivi-
jai, its president, said they find
By JULIE ROWE the name deeply offensive.
Daily StaffReporter Victor Kim, one of the restau-
rant's four owners and a Ross
Rackham student Sirarat Sarn- School of Business graduate,
tivijai said she was confused said the name isn't intended to
and offended when a restaurant be offensive. He said No Thai!
called No Thai! opened on South was named after the restaurant's
University Avenue in September See NO THAI, Page 7A
LET THERE BE LIGHTS
Economists: It's going to get
worse before it gets better
predicted for 2009
By GABE NELSON
Daily News Editor
The state economy could see
a small turnaround in 2009 and
2010 after two more years of ris-
ing unemployment and job losses
in the state's manufacturing and
construction sectors, according
to a forecast presented by Univer-
sity of Michigan economists at a
conference on Friday.
Researcher Joan Crary said the
state has made some advances
since the state and national eco-
nomic collapse of 2001, despite
the struggles of the auto industry
and a climbing employment rate
that is the nation's highest.
See ECONOMY, Page 3A
The trumpet section of the Huron High School marching band plays at a ceremony
for the lighting of holiday lights in Liberty Plaza on Friday.
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