n Guy Morriss also won’t be back for the Baylor Bears.
The Associated Press
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan coach Lloyd Carr will retire Monday after 13 seasons, ending an era marked by highs of winning a national championship and five Big Ten titles and lows of losing to Ohio State and Appalachian State.
Carr told The Associated Press of his decision Sunday by phone, saying he wouldn’t comment further until a Monday morning news conference at the school.
The 62-year-old coach told his players and staff of his retirement Sunday during a team meeting at Schembechler Hall.
The news comes a day after Michigan lost to Ohio State for the fourth straight year, ending a trying season for Carr and the Wolverines that started with an embarrassing loss to second-tier Appalachian State.
Carr is 121-40 with a .752 winning percentage, ranking him seventh among active coaches just behind Florida State’s Bobby Bowden and ahead of South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier before he retired.
The four consecutive losses to Ohio State, matched Michigan’s longest losing streak in the storied series, and Carr became the first coach in school history to lose six times in seven years in the rivalry.
The Jim Tressel-led Buckeyes beat the Wolverines 14-3, Saturday, dropping Carr to 6-7 overall in the matchup that matters most.
They began the season by losing to Appalachian State, becoming the first ranked team to lose to a team from the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly Division I-AA.
Michigan followed up by losing to Oregon 39-7 at home, its worst loss since 1968.
People have been talking about his possible successor for months, if not years.
LSU coach Les Miles seems to be at the top of the list because he played for Schembechler at Michigan, where he later became an assistant under Schembechler.
Other candidates might include Carolina Panthers Mike Trgovac; Kirk Ferentz of Iowa; and NFL head coaches Bobby Petrino in Atlanta and Tampa Bay’s Jon Gruden.
Baylor fires Morriss
Baylor coach Guy Morriss was fired Sunday, a day after the Bears finished their 12th consecutive losing season with their 12th straight Big 12 loss.
Morriss was unable to produce a winning record in his five seasons, going 18-40 overall and 7-33 in conference games. He had a year left on his contract.
Athletic director Ian McCaw said he told Morriss of the decision Sunday. The move had been anticipated for several weeks.