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H ERMANupset of an undefeated Ohio State. "I'll make this short," Carr said.
After the game, Laurie Carr - "I'm not sick, and I'm not retiring."
From Page 27 Lloyd's second wife - told the Flint ON THE OUTSIDE
Journal it was the second happiest Part of the problem may be
- with three kids - from $20,000 day of her life. ' Carr's tendency to take blame for
to $10,000 a year. The Carr they No. 1? She had married Lloyd failures but not praise for success.
knew worked under Moeller at Illi- exactly one year earlier. "No one who will put more pres-
nois, on a staff that was fired after CONTINUING CONCERNS sure on Lloyd Carr than he puts on
the 1979 season. The Carr they In his 13 years as head coach, himself," Carr told The Michigan
knew had been defensive coordi- Carr has done just about all anyone Daily in 1995.
nator for teams back-to-back 8-4 could ask for. And because of it, we only get
teams. Michigan has won 121 games, a glimpse of the Carr his players
They didn't know the Lloyd five Big Ten titles and, of course, speak so lovingly about.
Carr who, in a 1998 Detroit Free that National Championship. The coach who will bust out
Press story, talked about learning His players won 73 all-Big Ten singing "Don't Cry for Me Argenti-
tolerance from his father, Lloyd Sr., awards, 23 All-America honors and na" to lighten up his players in prac-
while growing up ina segregated a Heisman Trophy. tice or sneak up behind them and
Tennessee town. The Carr who And from his first game as head scare them while wearing a mask.
moved to Michigan at 10 and went coach - when Michigan came The one who listens to classical
on to lead his high school football, back from a 17-point deficit to beat music and reads books about more
basketball and baseball teams to Virginia - to this year - like the than just sports. The one much
state championships his senior year comeback against Michgian State more likely to quote Kipling than
of high school, giving pep talks so - he's coached in some unbeliev- Lombardi (who, as it turns out, ANGELA CESERE/D
good he was nicknamed The Rev- able wins. cut Carr from the Packers in 1968, Lloyd Carr retired after13 seasons as the head coach of the Michigan footbal team.
erend. The Carr who got to know But no matter what he's done, sending him off with a hand shake classmate, Peter, earlier this year ly criticized because people tend t
his players better than perhaps any he's never silenced the critics. and some money to get home). that no loss could get him down measure him compared to a legen
coach in the country and changed Too conservative. Too outdated. "He has a lot of interest outside was downright surreal. Even if that's the case, what
more than one life with those one- And this year, too old. (Maybe, as football," Laurie said. Sure, reporters might have liked more could Carr do to honor
on-one meetings he would hold one newspaper suggested follow- Carr can be gruff, but even his more access, more answers and Schembechler's name?
when he believed a player was at a ingthe team's loss to Appalachian antagonistic relationship with the perhaps fewer of those legendary Outsiders before joining the
crossroads. State, the game has just passed media can be exaggerated. Every- stares (or maybe not), but contrary Michigan coachingstaff, both me
"He saved my life," said Marcus Lloyd by.) one remembers the time Carr chas- to popular belief, it seems like the have become synonymous with t
Ray, who played for Carr from 1994 Even when Carr did good things, tised a sideline reporter at halftime press actually enjoy working with school. Everyone knows Bo came
to1998. "I was a young kid that people viewed it as bad. Carr's of that Ohio State game, but most Carr. from Miami (Ohio). But a number
needed some guidance, some tough dedication to his assistants - for people don't get a chance to see the "It is difficult to reconstruct of people don't know Carr gradu-
love. I never had a father figure, and instance, he gotthem all two- side that comes out during press all that has happened in 13 years ated from Northern Michigan, no
he delivered. To me, my relation- year deals heading into this year, conferences. ofcovering Michigan football Michigan, in 1968. (Actually, Cart
ship with Lloyd was deeper than unprecedented at Michigan - has He can be testy at times (doesn't under Carr," Detroit News writer turned downa scholarship offer
football, it was about manhood, earned him the distinction of being anyone have any other questions), Angelique S. Chengelis wrote Sun- from Michigan to go to Missouri,
guidance and leadership." loyal to a fault. but also funny, charming and pro- day. "It has been interesting, to say before transferring. According to
Carr wasn't named permanent He has dealt with rumors about found. One could listen to Carr tell the least. I can honestly say I have the 1997 Detroit Free Press profile
head coach until a 5-0 win over his retirement, resignation or firing the story of the Little Brown Jug enjoyed the journey and the devel- he headed to Missouri to play foo
Purdue pushed the team to 8-2 in for years. over and over again, and, judging opment of a respectful relationship ball and baseball, major in journa
1995. The Wolverines lost to Penn In 2004, he had to call a press by his enthusiasm, he could tell it between coach and reporter." ism and be with some friends.)
State the following week;but ended conference to announce the news over and over again, too. And his FOLLOWING A LEGEND Since joining Michigan 28 year
the regular season with a 31-23 was that there was no news. message to his granddaughter's Roberson believes Carr is unfair- ago, Carrhas done nothing but
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uphold Bo's values. Scandal has
nevertouched the program, and
Carr has been a model for his play-
ers on and off the field.
Last year, Carr spoke at Schem-
bechler's memorial service after
the legendary coach passed away.
He talked aboutthe time Lou
Holtz offered him as a job as Notre
Dame's defensive coordinator. It
looked better and paid better, and
Carr thought he should take it.
Bo's response said it all.
"No, you're not going to Notre
Dame," Carr said, quoting Schem-
bechler. "You are Michigan, so
forget that. I don't wantto hear any
more about it."
Carr's critics might wishhe
skipped town then and there.
But the rest of us realize Bo's
foresight was nothing but pro-
"Nobody," Roberson said, "has
done more for Michigan than Lloyd
has, in my view."
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This column originally
ran on Nov. 20, 2007.