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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Tuesday, November 20,2007
"I wanted to be able to walk out of here knowing that to the very last minute,
I did my job to the best of my ability. And I know I'll be able to do that."
- Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr
In official announcement,
coach says he did his best
at Michigan's helm
By SCOTT BELL
Daily Sports Editor
As the clock neared 10 a.m., a Lexus
SUV pulled up near the Junge Champi-
ons Center. Michigan football coach Lloyd
Carr exited the vehicle and walked toward
the building, where hundreds of reporters
and friends of the Michigan football pro-
gram awaited his arrival.
Carr didn't come alone, though. He
brought one of the worst-kept secrets in
recent memory with him.
Carr was about to announce his retire-
ment after 13 years as Michigan's head
coach and 28 years coaching in the pro-
"I wanted tobe able to walk out of here
knowing that to the very last minute, I did
my job to the best of my ability," Carr said.
"And I know I'll be able to do that."
Wearing a blue dress shirt and silver
tie with a black suit jacket and pants, Carr
strolled into the Junge Champions Center
a minute earlier than expected. The 62-
year-old coach was met by dozens of flash-
bulbs from waiting photographers.
Michigan's third-winningest coach of
all time then went to the podium; where he
began his press conference by speaking for
12 minutes before taking questions.
After thanking more than a handful of
people he worked with at Michigan, Carr
got one specific point across before open- '
ing the floor for questions from the media.
"My timing is based on one thing -
what's best for Michigan and what's best
for Michigan football," said Carr, who will
stay on as an associate athletic director for
Michigan. "There are no other motives."
Carr was met with a round of applause
See PRESS, Page 8
Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr will take a job as an associate athletic director after he gives up his coaching duties. The nationwide search for his replacement has already
AD to launch
Coach won, lost
Mixed signals on
By NATE SANDALS
Daily Sports Editor
For the first time since 1968, the
Athletic Department is embarking
on a nationwide search for its next
head football coach.
Penn State's Joe Paterno was the
first choice in that hunt 39 years
ago. Bo Schembechler was the
Now, Athletic Director Bill Mar-
tin and a search committee com-
prised of people he called "very
experienced in the world of college
football" have the task of finding a
A CHANGE IS GONNA COM.E
What Carr's retirement means for
players, recruits and staff. Page 8
new person to lead the football pro-
gram. Martin said he plans to pick
the committee in tlp next week or
Whoever is hired will have a
responsibility beyond wins and
losses, There's also the tradition of
integrity that has long set the pro-
"For all intents and purposes, the
head football coach at the Univer-
sity of Michigan is the face of this
institution and I know that," Mar-
tin said after Lloyd Carr officially
announced his retirement yester-
day. "You have to have someone
that in the height of an emotional
moment will represent this insti-
tution the way we wanted it repre-=
Even before Carr made his
See SEARCH, Page 8
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The people closest to Carr talk about
his career. Page 9
The first question asked
to Michigan coach Lloyd
Carr after he announced
in a press con-
day was how
public should '
judge his time
in Ann Arbor.
"I didn't JACK
come here to H
discuss my lega-
cy," Carr said.
not want to, but in the coming
weeks, countless hours willbe spent
debating how to evaluate his 13-year
tenure runningthe Wolverines.
Some will talk about how Carr
led Michigan to its first National
A rundown of the press conference.
Championship since 1948. Others
will focus on his 1-6 record against
Ohio State coach Jim Tressel.
But Carr's seemingly non-
answer answer to the question
might be a better indication
than anything else of what his
legacy will - or at least should
It represents how Carr, aboy
from a small town in Tennessee
who later became an accidental
head coach at a school where he
once turned down a scholarship,
honored his mentor by running one
of college football's greatest pro-
grams the only way it should be:.
Likea true Michigan Man.
"He is Michigan football,"
defensive coordinator Ron English
said. "He embodies this program.
See LEGACY, Page 9
Watch the press conference
'U' agrees to double number
of planned accessible seats
Move could stave off
By GABE NELSON
Daily News Editor
In an effort to avoid a lengthy
legal battle with the Department
of Justice, the University sent a
letter to the Department of Edu-
cation's Office of Civil Rights yes-
terday outlining a plan that would
increase the number of wheel-
chair-accessible seats in Michigan at Lincoln Financial Field, the
Stadium to almost 600. The plan home of the Philadelphia Eagles,
would add up to 300 wheelchair- and Gillette Stadium, the home
accessible seats on top of the 207 of the New England Patriots. Uni-
slated to be installed as part of the versity officials said they couldn't
current stadium expansion proj- estimate how much the platforms
ect. would cost. '
The seats would be located on Jim Bradshaw, a spokesman
removable platforms placed on for the Department of Educa-
top of existing seats around all of tion, confirmed that the OCR has
the entrance portals into the sta- received the letter. He said the
dium. According to the letter, the office is reviewing the letter but
University would analyze demand declined to comment further.
for wheelchair-accessible seating The proposal is a significant
each season and add or subtract concession by the University,
platforms accordingly. which has argued since discus-
Similar platforms already exist See STADIUM, Page 7
In exile, Tiananmen
organizer warns of
By ANDY KROLL
As a result of his promoting
democracy as a student in China
in the late 1980s, Wang Dan was
blacklisted by the Chinese govern-
ment, twice imprisoned and exiled
to the United States.
Wang, a leader of the student
See CHINA, Page 7
Wang Dan, a Chinese pro-democracy activist who helped organize the 1989 Tianan-
men Square demonstrations, told a crowd last night that in China's case, a free mar-
ket doesn't always mean free people.
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