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Lloyd Carr Speaks Out in Support of Rich Rodriguez....Finally

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Lloyd Carr of the Michigan Wolverines is carried off the field after ending his coaching career with a victory over the Florida Gators in the Capital One Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2008 in Orlando, Florida. Michigan defeated Florida 41-35.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
The WolverineCorrespondent IOctober 26, 2009

During the PSU game, former coach Lloyd Carr broke his silence and spoke out in support of Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez. Carr had maintained his silence during much of the past year, adding to speculation that Carr represented a faction of Michigan football that was not pleased with Coach Rodriguez and his staff. That apparently changed on Saturday.

"Rich is a young guy, (and) he's got a great background for such a young guy," Carr said during his interview with Frank Beckmann and Jim Brandstatter. "What we're seeing here offensively throughout this season is a great thing for the future of Michigan football.

"The transition a year ago you could expect (the struggles) because what they were looking for in a quarterback. Certainly what we have here is exciting. I'm excited for the future."

"I've had a lot of conversations with Rich Rodriguez down through the last 18, 20 months, and I told him from the beginning if he needed me for any reason, just call me," Carr said.

"I did not want to be a coach who's at practice and hanging around and answering questions from the media about what I saw. I didn't think that was good for Rich or our program."

Carr said it was "ridiculous" to suggest that he didn't support the program, and noted that he was "absolutely not" a candidate for the AD position.

"I think there's so much passion for Michigan football," Carr said. "I think everybody in this program supports and wants Michigan football to win. That's the key.

"I love Michigan. That's all I'm going to say. This university has been great to me. I've got a record; I've been here 30 years almost."

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