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Monday, February 05, 2007

Something to mull over this offseason LSU fans

The 2007 season might be the last for Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr, and LSU fans know what that means.

Les Miles could be heading back to his alma mater.

The Ann Arbor News reported last week that Carr's new contract has some different wording to it.

In previous contracts, Carr was paid a $300,000 bonus if he was still employed as the head coach on July 1.

In his latest contract, the terminology reads that he's paid the bonus as long as he remains an employee of the university on July 1, 2008. That's a big difference and could be the first signs that 2007 is Carr's last.

Here's the Ann Arbor News story.

Retirement speculation has swirled around Carr in the last couple of years, especially since Michigan is 1-5 over Ohio State and Jim Tressel and their bowl record in recent years has been just as dismal.

Michigan rarely looks outside its university for a head coach. The last time it did was hiring Bo Schembechler back in 1968. Defensive coordinator Ron English will likely be the front contender for the spot, but you also got to throw in Miles.

Remember what Schembechler did during the 1989 NCAA Tournament? Bo was AD at the time and his basketball coach Bill Freider offered his resignation to accept the Arizona State job just before the start of the tournament.

Schembechler canned Frieder and gave the team to assistant coach Steve Fisher, who took the team to the NCAA championship.

"I want a Michigan man coaching Michigan," growled Schembechler.

There may be no bigger Michigan man out there than Les Miles.


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