Michigan coach Carr to retire Monday
ESPN news reported that Michigan's head football coach Lloyd Carr will retire Monday ending a 13 year career at Michigan.
Carr announced the decision to his players Sunday in a team meeting on the University of Michigan campus.
The announcement came following a 14-3 loss to Big Ten rival Ohio State Saturday. The loss marked the fourth straight loss to the Buckeyes.
The 62-year-old coach led the Wolverines to a 121-40 record, including five Big Ten championships and the 1997 national championship, in his 13 years as head coach. The .752 winning percentage was third among active coaches. Also, he has led Michigan to a bowl game in every single year as their head coach.
The Sports Network reported that this year Michigan went 8-4. The season started off with back-to-back losses to Appalachian State at of the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly Division 1-AA, and Oregon. The loss to Ohio State Saturday contributed to his 6-7 record against the Buckeyes all time.
"It was a move many expected last winter when he altered his contract, paving the way for this to be his last season on the sideline, and later made sure the school gave all of his assistants unprecedented, two-year deals," ESPN reported.
The decision to retire will end a 28 year career at Michigan. He was the defensive backs coach for the Wolverines from 1980-86, then a defensive coordinator from 1987-94 before becoming head coach in 1995.
"It's a hard thing to deal with," safety Jamar Adams told ESPN. "We're like a family, and when the head of your family is leaving, it's hard."
Carr is expected to announce the decision in a televised news conference Monday at 10 a.m. (et), the Sports Network said.
Possible candidates to replace Carr next season include Les Miles of LSU and NFL coach Jon Gruden of Tampa Bay, ESPN reported.