University of Michigan - Michiganensian Yearbook (Ann Arbor, MI)

 - Class of 1996

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* Jl Changing of the Guard 1 new conch co tinned the tradi- tion of Michigan football One hundred and " sixteeJF and tackling, lira I ' nTslfw Ljoyd Cjr would agree. " Fc years of heart-stopping, crowd- motivation, Moeller reminded his players, " In any organizatioi roaring tradition defined you ' re fighting for a common cause, and when you win, there Michigan football. How was enough for everyone. such a tradition created and Following this public faux pas, Moeller stood reserved an maintained for well over a cen- dejected in front of his team. His solid character shone throug tury? Former head coach and as he attempted to explain his actions. " He told us that he ws legendary Michigan leader Bo Schembechler gave insight into moving on with his life, and that we must do the same, and p the Wolverine ' s success. With 21 years at Michigan under his (the incident) behind us, " said senior offensive guard and captai belt, Schembechler humbly told of " building a firm foundation Joe Marinaro. for our program based on honesty, integrity, and character. " Bo ' s humble, honest manner was only a glimpse into the character which built Michigan ' s dynasty in blue. In early May, Lloyd Carr It was character which made Michigan, and was appointed interim itwascharacterwhich was momentarily shaken, head coach. Six months On May 6, 1995, fifth-year head coach and 1-1 i /^ . . ' . and eight wins later, Carr longtime bchembechler assistant Lrary Moeller resigned after a drunken scene at a Detroit area was named permanent restaurant. The incident took the athletic world head coach of the by complete surprise. Moeller was known by , .. *. ,, ... family, friends, colleagues, and staff alike as a highly principled man. One close family friend A TT i Wolverines. With Moeller ' s resignation, the young Wo verines were left in the hands of a familiar fac Lloyd Carr, Moeller ' s assistant and a defensi coach under Schembechler, brought with hi: 27 years of coaching experience, 16 at tl University. Carr did not hesitate to revive the traditi of Michigan football. He asked alumni, for players, and coaches about their views on Michigan football tradition, refusing to let o incident mar the reputation and credibility the winningest college football program history. Through this difficult rebuilding said, " As a father, and in general, he seemed solid as a rock. " riod, though, the Wolverine motto was ringing in Carr ' s Whatever temporary lapse caused him to step out of this rock " The team, the team, the team, " it told him. Carr said, " I rea solid character may never be known. wanted us to pull together, forget ourselves, and just play In Moeller ' s five years as head coach, he compiled an impres- Michigan. " Carr also asked the seniors to take it upon ther sive 44-13-3 record, including three Big Ten titles and two Rose selves to claim their team and make the 1995-96 season one thj ' Bowl appearances. In recruiting players, Moeller said, " I looked could look back on with pride, for disciplined young men who could be family members, so to Motivating a disheartened team, handling curious mec speak. " Fundamentally, he stressed the importance of a mixed and pleasing alumni seemed like an enormous task for running and passing game. Most importantly, though, Moeller average person, but Lloyd Carr handled everything with said, " it ' s the little things that make the difference like blocking, skill. " We knew he was feeling a lot of pressure, but he c 206 Sports

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