"I'm going back. I want to get my degree. ... I'm being for real."
- Michigan wide receiver Mario Manningham told the Associated Press on whether he'll return for a senior season with the Wolverines.
BY JACK HERMAN
ORLANDO, Fla. - With the nation's top recruit still considering Michigan, incoming coach Rich Rodriguez is no doubt excited to hit the recruiting trail and solidify his first class at the helm of the Wolverines.
But over the next week, he'll actually spend some time selling himself to players already in Ann Arbor.
BY DANIEL BROMWICH
In upset, team gives Carr his last hurrah
BY SCOTT BELL
ORLANDO, Fla. - When Rich Rodriguez got a chance to sit down and watch a little football after a whirlwind couple of weeks, the newly hired Michigan football coach thought he'd finally get a chance to relax.
But Rodriguez's moment of rest was short-lived.
Less than two weeks after being introduced as Michigan's fourth head coach in 40 years on Dec. 17, Rodriguez found out he was being sued by the university he had just left when he saw the news scroll across the bottom of ESPN during a bowl game.
BY JACK HERMAN
ORLANDO, Fla. - Whether Adrian Arrington and Mario Manningham will play in the NFL next year remains undetermined after Michigan's 41-35 win over Florida.
But if either does decide to go pro, there definitely won't be any question to whether he is pleased with how he played in his final games.
Teaming with game MVP Chad Henne, the duo led a Wolverine attack that recorded more yards in a bowl game (524) than any other Michigan team since the Point-a-Minute squad in the 1902 Rose Bowl. Together, Manningham and Arrington accounted for more than half of those yards.
BY SCOTT BELL
ORLANDO, Fla -
Heading into the Capital One Bowl, I was pretty excited.
No, I wasn't exactly thrilled about Michigan's chances - or lack thereof - against the defending National Champion Florida Gators.
Instead, I was looking forward to getting a glimpse into what Michigan football might look like in the future - by watching Florida's offense.
Though most of the attention was on Michigan coach Lloyd Carr and the hoopla surrounding his retirement, it was hard to ignore the buzzword that had swept through Ann Arbor since Dec. 17.
"It's not an upset, because this is what's supposed to happen. Michigan is supposed to come in and beat the SEC because we are the Big Ten."
- Defensive end Brandon Graham
"They were a hungry team, they came out ready to go, ready to fight, and they heard a lot about the SEC and wanted to get a piece of it. And they did, unfortunately."
- Florida quarterback Tim Tebow
BY SCOTT BELL
ORLANDO, Fla. -
He fought hard against the individual attention leading up to his final game, but in the end, Michigan coach Lloyd Carr lost that battle.
And in doing so, he passed his so-called impassable final test: ending his coaching career on top, both literally and figuratively.
Carr left Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on the shoulders of his players, the ones he repeatedly told not to play this game just for him. It didn't work for Bo Schembechler 18 years earlier, so it wouldn't work for Carr, either, right?
Carr's team would have none of that talk.
BY KEVIN WRIGHT
ORLANDO, Fla. - A single wall separated the Michigan and Florida locker rooms in the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium.
That wasn't enough of a barrier to keep the Gator trash talk from seeping through the barrier into the Wolverine lair, and the Michigan players took notice - especially when the Florida swagger carried onto the field during pre-game warmups.
"Before the game, the wide receivers were coming over and talking trash," senior safety Jamar Adams said. "Their team was coming over and talking trash. We could hear them talking through the walls."
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.
Defense-o-meter: 3/4 Crables