Ex-Michigan coach Carr stepping down

Updated: July 13, 2010, 5:03 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Former Michigan head football coach Lloyd Carr will retire from his post as an athletic administrator Sept. 1, ending his 30 years of service to the university.

Carr, 64, had served as an associate athletic director for 2½ years after retiring as football coach following Michigan's win in the 2008 Capital One Bowl. He coached the Wolverines for 13 seasons, compiling a record of 122-40 with a national championship in 1997 and five Big Ten championships.

"I am thankful for the wonderful opportunity to assist two great coaches here in Bo Schembechler and Gary Moeller and I will always appreciate Joe Roberson's decision to name me the head coach in 1995," Carr said in a prepared statement. "I am also appreciative for those I worked with and for all the great friendships I have developed.

"Most of all, I am thankful for the young men I coached and for all the memories I have from my time at Michigan," he said.

Carr joined Michigan as defensive backs coach in 1980, moved up to defensive coordinator six years later and was named head coach in 1995 after Moeller's resignation. He won the national title and was named AFCA Coach of the Year in his third season at the helm.

Carr joined Schembechler and Fielding Yost as the only Michigan coaches to win more than 100 games at the school.

"I have known Lloyd since he came to Michigan as an assistant coach," Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said in a statement. "Coach Carr is a man of integrity. I admire and appreciate his love for all of our student-athletes and his many contributions to not only our University but his work on behalf of numerous charitable causes throughout the state of Michigan."

Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com.