BY KEVIN WRIGHT
Former Athletic Director Joe Roberson remembers a distinct sound coming from Lloyd Carr's office in Schembechler Hall.
Something that didn't seem to belong in a football building.
Classical music greeted Roberson when he poked his head into the then-defensive coordinator Carr's office.
And that was part of what sold Roberson on Carr when Roberson appointed him as the Wolverines' interim head coach in 1995.
QB- Chad Henne - Although Henne hasn't won many big games, he leads Michigan in nearly all statistical passing categories.
RB- Mike Hart - Hart has been the heart of the Michigan football team this year and leaves Michigan as its all-time leading rusher.
FB- BJ Askew - Askew was a large factor in Michigan's rushing attack during the 2001 and 2002 seasons.
WR- Braylon Edwards - The Biletnikoff Award winner was the nation's top wide receiver in 2004. He leads Michigan in most statistical receiving categories including TDs, receiving yards and receptions.
Staff Picks recap: Well, it looks like the natural order of things has been restored - almost. Scott Bell didn't capture the win, but he finished just a game back from Kevin Wright. Meanwhile, Jack Herman returned to his comfy position as the cellar dwellar of the writers. Because he equaled the guest picker, Herman still is a game ahead of the guests in the race for last place. It'll be a close one with one week remaining on the schedule. Even though Herman was the lone writer to finish below .500, no one picked a best bet correctly. Pretty horrible.
BY SCOTT BELL
The Lloyd Carr era is officially over.
Some people are probably rejoicing - and judging by the comments on our website and letters to the editor we received last night, maybe "some" should probably be switched to "most."
But even though he may ultimately be remembered as the guy who couldn't topple Jim Tressel and Ohio State's evil empire in the late stages of his career, Carr's time at Michigan has been anything but unsuccessful.
BY DANIEL BROMWICH
Losing to Ohio State always hurts.
But for a senior quarterback with a separated shoulder and a senior running back with a bad high ankle sprain, the pain had to be nearly unbearable.
"I think they were in a lot of discomfort," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "(Quarterback) Chad (Henne) got hit and knocked down once, I'm not exactly sure where it was, but from then on, he was hurting. The same thing happened to (running back) Mike (Hart).
"I wasn't in their shoes, but it was pretty obvious there was some discomfort there."
BY KEVIN WRIGHT: DAILY SPORTS EDITOR
Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston stood at midfield as the two teams filed off the field.
He had every right to take a breather after abusing the Michigan offensive line to the tune of three sacks, but he had one last sprint left in him.
After giving a brief postgame interview, the Detroit native took off to the southwest corner of Michigan Stadium to celebrate with the Buckeye band and the rest of his team.
Gholston's performance was just a sample size of the pressure Wolverine quarterback Chad Henne faced from the Buckeye defense.
BY JACK HERMAN
Michigan's all-time leading passer returned from injury to play with Michigan's all-time leading rusher in an attempt to cement their legacies in front of Michigan's all-time second largest crowd.
But in their final game at Michigan Stadium, a group of the Wolverines' finest seniors failed once again to do what it couldn't do three times before. And coaching his final game in the rivalry, Michigan coach Lloyd Carr failed once again to top Ohio State coach Jim Tressel.
The Michigan Daily football writers break down the weekend's stats that don't show up in the boxscore. The defense-o-meter measures the intensity of the defense, the Carr-o-meter judges Lloyd Carr's demeanor following the game and the hypemeter measures the fans' game performance.
BY DANIEL BROMWICH
It began the same way team meetings normally do after losses.
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr walked into the meeting yesterday afternoon, and instead of greeting their coach the way they do after wins - with clapping and cheering - the Wolverines were silent.
But that's not what Carr wanted.
"Did somebody die or something?" Carr asked, according to those in the meeting, which was closed to the media. "I'm going to try this again. I want you guys to act like you have a heartbeat."
BY SCOTT BELL
A Big Ten Title. A Rose Bowl berth. A shot at redemption. The most storybook of endings imaginable, considering how the season began.
They were there for the taking.
Michigan could've had it all - and salvaged a once-unsalvageable season in front of the second-largest crowd in college football history.
But instead of a happy ending, Saturday's loss further blemished the senior class and Michigan coach Lloyd Carr's already damaged legacies.