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Former coach Lloyd Carr honored

11/19/2011

Former Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr sat in front of the media after Michigan's 45-17 win over Nebraska on Saturday.

"This is a little bit nicer press room," Carr said of the renovated Michigan Stadium.

Carr retired after the 2007 season with a 122-40 record during his 13 seasons as head coach. He spent 28 years on the Michigan football staff, working as a defensive backs coach and as a defensive coordinator under Gary Moeller and Bo Schembechler.

But before the Wolverines game, Carr was honored for his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Carr joins former Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry as the two coaches inducted in the 2011 class.

During his time with Michigan football, Carr was a part of 13 Big Ten Championship teams (eight as an assistant coach, five as head coach). But before the Nebraska game, the Michigan Athletic Department planned a "card trick" in the stands behind the south end zone. Fans held up colored pieces of paper that read "Lloyd Carr" and featured a caricature of Carr's face.

"I told [athletic director] Dave Brandon, you look around that stadium and there’s no place in the world like it," Carr said. "So to see such a great effort, a total team effort today and a great victory over an outstanding football team, it was a great day."

There are 15 redshirt seniors on this season’s football team, several of who had the opportunity to play for Carr during his final year as coach. Carr said he has seen a few on campus this season, and that it's nice to see how they've grown.

He is impressed with what coach Brady Hoke has done with this year's squad and was impressed with the defensive effort against Nebraska -- a team that he shared a national title with in 1997.

"Any transition is about finding out a lot of things you didn't know about your players. And the players finding out about the coaches," Carr said. "I don't think you could ask a coaching staff and a team to do a better job than this team has done. It's just wonderful to see them."

And as far as Carr's prediction for next weekend's rivalry matchup against Ohio State?

"Whatever Brady says," Carr said.