BY SCOTT BELL
Posted on Nov. 18, posted 4:40 p.m., last updated 5:15 p.m.
Lloyd Carr, the third-winningest coach in Michigan football history, will announce his retirement after 12-plus seasons as the Wolverines' head coach, players confirmed today.
The official announcement will likely come Monday morning at a 10 a.m. press conference held at the Junge Champions Center.
Carr told his players of his decision at a team meeting this afternoon.
BY KEVIN WRIGHT AND ZACH TIMMONS
Zach Timmons: Buckeyes rule rivalry
Five of the last six.
It feels good - unless you're Lloyd Carr, of course.
Before I head up to Ann Arbor for Saturday's big game, I figured I'd share some of my thoughts on the rivalry, and just why we're so much better.
Ohio State 33
Before every football game this season, two of the Daily's football writers will take the weekend's matchup to the PlayStation 2 and then let you know what happened.
Play of the game
Ohio State completed a pass to WR #80 in the end zone with 19 seconds left, but WR #80 came out of the end zone to make the catch. The Buckeyes hurried to the line, and QB #7 snuck it in before the defense was set for the late lead. Michigan had just 11 seconds to score, and it wasn't enough.
BY SCOTT BELL AND JACK HERMAN
This edition of The Game wasn't supposed to have the hype.
But even with lackluster performances from both Michigan and Ohio State last weekend, there's still quite a buzz around Saturday.
Well, actually, it's more about Michigan coach Lloyd Carr than either of the two teams. Will he retire after the game, let it drag out a few weeks or not retire at all?
There's still a game, though, and here is how the two teams pan out on paper.
BY DANIEL BROMWICH
The Michigan-Ohio State game tomorrow will decide the Big Ten Champion for the 42nd time in the series' history.
Something that has happened 42 times in 104 years shouldn't surprise anyone.
But the way the teams got here has been all but predictable.
Appalachian St. (Sept. 1), L 32-34: Imagine opening the door to your dorm room and someone punching you in the face. That's what happened at the Big House. So much for a National Championship.
Oregon (Sept. 8), L 7-39: Then the person that punched you in the face added insult to injury by stepping on your crotch and spitting in your ear. Then he walks out your front door with your girlfriend and steals your laptop. And your pillow.
BY DANIEL BROMWICH
All right, Wolverine Nation. It's time for me to hit you with some truthbombs.
You've sucked as fans this year.
From chanting "We Want Mallett!" during the first half of the Oregon game to leaving before the end of the same contest to booing Michigan coach Lloyd Carr during the pre-game introductions of the Notre Dame game - it's been flat-out embarrassing.
Your performance against Oregon even led to the following statement:
"I don't really care what fans think," captain Mike Hart said.
BY SCOTT BELL
When the Michigan football team takes the field Saturday afternoon to play its biggest game of the season, it will come exactly one year after the passing of legendary coach Bo Schembechler.
Schembechler, probably the Michigan football team's most recognizable figure, died just a day before Michigan's 42-39 loss to No. 1 Ohio State last season.
That week, Schembechler met with reporters at a press conference previewing The Game. Schembechler talked for nearly a half hour, refusing to sit on a stool a media relations official offered to him.
BY KEVIN WRIGHT
Brandent Englemon is sick of it.
The fifth-year senior has been questioned again and again about Michigan's three-game losing streak to rival Ohio State, and he's had about enough of the talk.
"Any time you have a rivalry and you haven't won in a couple of years, you get tired of hearing, 'Oh, they can't beat O State' or 'They can't win this game,' " Englemon said. "It's getting old."