Lloyd Carr Humbly Accepts Honor
Sept. 15, 2011
By: Angelique S. Chengelis/ The Detroit News
Ann Arbor - Former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, who retired following the 2007 season, his 13th as coach, will be inducted tonight into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. He also has been voted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Carr, 66, talked to The News' Angelique Chengelis about tonight's induction, Brady Hoke, and the first night game, among other topics:
Q. All of these hall of fames must be getting old, right?
A. (Laughs) It's a wonderful honor. Part of what I'm going to say (Thursday night) is a great number of people that I owe so much to, they're gone. And I owe so many people. My high school coaches and teachers, great parents, and Bo (Schembechler). One of the things I took from Bo, most assistant coaches aspire to be head coaches. There's a lot of ways to put yourself in position to be a head coach. But Bo would always say, 'Look, becoming a head coach is not about getting the job, it's about being prepared when you get the job.'
Q. But nothing could have prepared you for how you got the job (after Gary Moeller was fired).
A. If you look at the way I became the coach at Michigan, it was absolutely unlike ... a very unusual way of becoming a head coach. At the same time, I never felt intimidated, I never felt that I wasn't qualified, and I fully expected to be successful. When I coached for Bo, I was paying attention. I watched him. I studied him .... That's why I owe him so much.
Q. Were you disappointed you never played a night game at Michigan Stadium?
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