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Continued from page 5
spring based on weaknesses or areas we
needed to improve upon from last fall,
and that's standard procedure from
spring practice. So what we will try to do
this fall is continue to perfect the things
we implemented this spring, and it is to
our advantage at this stage not to talk
about those things.
D: Realizing that your focus is on the
season, I'd be remiss in not asking a
question about what happened last sum-
mer. You'd been with Moeller since
1978 and at the time of his resignation
you said that you wouldn't be the next
coach at Michigan. What made you
change your mind and was it a difficult
decision to make?
C: Well, I didn't say that I would not
be the coach, but what I said was that I
would be the interim coach until a new
coach was named. But the truth is, I
don't intend to answer any questions this
fall about anything beyond this season,
because I think that's part of the thing
that we're going to address as players
and coaches. That's for you to write
about and for everyone else to talk about.
It is not something that we're going to
dwell on.
D: You also talked at the press con-
ference (announcing Moeller's resigna-
tion) about pressure, and how hard it is
for people to relate to the pressure colle-
giate head coaches are under. Do you
feel even more pressure now that you're
a head coach, or is there less on the
whole team because the expectations are
lower this season?
C: First, the expectations at Michi-
gan are never going to change, and I
hope they never change. That is part of
the fun of playing here and coaching
here. You expect to win, and your fans
expect you to win each and every time
that you step on the field, and I think
that's a great tradition that we have.
And the only thing that I will answer

in terms of that question is that the pres-
sure ... no one will put more pressure on
Lloyd Carr than he puts on himself. The
most important thing, in my view, as a
coach is to not transfer that pressure to
the team.
Football is a game. We want to do
everything that we can to win, but win-
ning and losing is not life and death. I in-
tend to have fun this season and I sure as
hell hope that these kids have fun this
season. Obviously winning is a lot more
fun than losing, and we want to win.
D: Has it been a fun first two months
on the job for you?
C: It's been really busy, it's been
hectic, I've learned a lot and enjoyed it.
I think I'm very appreciative about the
reception I've received and to the sup-
port that people have extended to this
Michigan team.
D: Has this been a sort of dream-
come-true, being head coach at Michi-
C: It's a tremendous thrill to be in a
position to lead this team into the season.
It happened so quickly. But certainly, I
guess the thing that inspires me and ex-
cites me is that the tradition here is such
that it means so much to so many people
that the real issue of this season is this
team, and in particular these seniors.
They came here to get an education
and play championship football. What I
want to be able to look back on and have
them realize is that their senior year was
the greatest experience they had at
I guess because of these kids and be-
cause of the tradition we have at Michi-
gan, I don't feel alone. I'm part of a great
program, part of a great team here, and
we are in it together. I have a role, and
I'm going to play that role to the very
best of my ability. And I want to have
fun. We're all going to give everything
we have and see what happens. We're
not going to have any excuses when it's
over, and our goals are high. But when
this season is over we're all going hold
our heads up and say we did our best.

Michigan was originally
him, not Hayes, until Virl
it's coverage and left Hay
one with the defender.
Still, it doesn't matter
His team won and that is i
important thing to him.
"(Hayes) had a great g
Virginia) and I couldn't be
him," Toomer says. "He ca
when we needed him and I
when he was called upon.'
Toomer is genuinely t
Hayes has a big game, an
While the two are one of
country's top receiving d
also close friends off the
While Toomer descril

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by the way that the Wolverines have
shot out of the gate this season.
After coming back from a 17-0
deficit in the fourth quarter against
Virginia in the opener, the
Wolverines handily disposed of
Illinois, 38-14, Saturday.
But Toomer hasn't started this
season like he left off last year.
While he watched his receiving
partner, Mercury Hayes, rack up 179
yards and two touchdowns, including
the winner, on seven catches, Toomer
caught five balls for only 36 yards.
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