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Orientation Edition 2008
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Michigan's win,Carr quickly found
BELL himselfontheshouldersofthe players
From Page 27 whotriedsohard tosendhimouton
beyond the zone left run. Though his smile showed he
"They put in allthis hard work thoroughly enjoyed the moment,
game planning, and they could have Carr demanded his team put him
been at Disney World having fun down so he could shake hands with
with their kids knowing that they opposing coach Urban Meyer, the
didn't have a job here," senior Jamar man who vehemently argued that
Adams said. "This is the character Michigan didn't deserve to play in
that Michigan has. This is the part last year's National Championship.
of the program that's character- About a half hour later, after
built. It's respect. It's loyalty. That's giving a rousing final speech to
what they showed." his players where he pushed every
Character, respect, loyalty? player to stress academics and fin-
Sounds like someone we know. ish their degrees like they finished
The outgoing senior class, some the game against Florida, Carr
of the most highly decorated indi- remained classic Lloyd in the post-
viduals in the history of the storied game press conference, putting his
program, finally put together a players first.
memorable team accomplishment "I told them I loved them," Carr
in its last chance to do so. It was a said of his locker room message.
great ending for some soon-to-be "And, most importantly I thanked
NFL stars who were 0-7 against them. Because that's what a leader
Ohio State and in bowl games before does, the lastthing you need to do is
Tuesday's win. say thank you."
But in the end, the day was Carr's. But despite Carr's best efforts to
And rightfully so. put everyone in the spotlightbut
ICING ON THE CAKE himself, it was no secret who this
Lloyd Carr was always going day belonged to.
to be remembered fondly by most Onthe10th anniversaryofMichigan's
unbiased observers. His most valu- split-decisionNationalChampionship,
able contributions to the program Lloyd Carr was declared aunanimous
- running a clean program, running winner,bothonandoffthe field.
it with class and molding good foot- "I couldn't ask for anything better
ball players into good people - were for this man and his career and what
already solidified, no matter which he's meant to Michigan football,
team ran a ball into a little painted what he's meant to the whole sport
area more frequently. of college football," Athletic Direc-
But Michigan's on-field perfor- tor Bill Martin said. "He's been a
mance Tuesday afternoon gave Carr great ambassador for us, and I'm so
the moment he deserved, whether happy he went out this way."
he wanted it or not.
Afterhis team doused himwith This column originally
water asthesecondsticked downin ran on Jan. 3, 2008.

Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez directs prospective Wolverines at an open tryout this spring.

New coach brings fresh face
to program with open tryout

One Daily staffer
just couldn't pass on
Rodriguez's tryout ,
very time Mike Hart limped
off the field with an ankle
injury, I told my friends
not to worry. If needed, Lloyd
Carr knew I could suit up at any
I've assured
anyone who
would listen
that Michigan '
fans shouldn't
fret over the
Pryor fiasco. I'm ANDY
better equipped REID
for Rich Rodri-
guez's spread
option attack, anyway.
But last week, the unwarranted
cockiness came back to get me.
My editor proposed a once-in-a-
lifetime story idea: Prove it.
Rodriguez called an open try-
out, and my assignment was to
go out for the team. My first reac-
tion was straight-up giddiness.
The Michigan football team? You
want me to try out for the Michi-
gan football team?
But as the days leading up to
the tryout slowly unfolded, I real-

ized that all 5 feet 11 inches and 160
pounds of me would line up against
guys that probably wouldn't fit
throughthe doorway of my house. I
imagined broken bones, body casts
and the sinister laughter of some of
my Daily coworkers.
The reality finally sunk in as the

doctor pricked me with a tetanus
shot (I'll swear to my dying day,
I would've made the team had it
not been for the stiff soreness in
my arm after that shot) during my
mandatory physical Wednesday
afternoon. I was going to suit up
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