Quick Hitters: Lloyd Retires, Big House Again the Biggest

A couple quick press releases from the athletic department to kick off this Wednesday afternoon. First, as I’m sure most of you have seen already, Lloyd Carr has decided to retire from his post as associate AD, effective September 1 (full press release, which is well worth a read but is too long to post here):

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — After 30 years of distinguished service to the University of Michigan, associate athletic director and former U-M head football head coach Lloyd Carr will officially retire from the athletic department on Sept. 1.

“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,” said Carr. “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.”

There’s not much to say about Lloyd that hasn’t already been said by better writers than I, so I’ll leave it at this: Thanks for 30 years of great success and great integrity — Lloyd Carr will be missed in the athletic department, and here’s hoping he can enjoy retirement by tuning in to some winning football teams again soon.

In other news, Michigan Stadium is once again the biggest in the land, as the new capacity has been announced as 109,901:

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — When the University of Michigan football season opens on Sept. 4 against Connecticut, Michigan Stadium will once again reclaim the title of the largest stadium in the United States for college and/or professional football. The seating capacity will be 109,901 for 2010 when the historic home of Wolverine football will have the bulk of the renovations completed.

“The stadium structures on the east and west sides will be complete and all new premium seats will be on line,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dave Brandon. “We are very excited to have the club seats and suites completed for the upcoming season, and we continue to get great reaction from fans who tour those seating areas.”

Certain sections will be adjusted for the 2010 season as aisles and seats are widened on the east side of the stadium. Similar modifications inside the seating bowl will be phased in over the next few seasons. Hand rails will also be added in the aisle ways.

“The upper concourses on the east and west sidelines should also make a huge improvement to circulation, and we are happy to add the new restrooms and concessions in those areas,” added Brandon.

It didn’t feel right going to games last year knowing that, if Penn State had a home game, there was a bigger college football crowd out there somewhere. It seems silly and trivial, but Michigan fans take great pride in boasting the nation’s highest stadium capacity, and it’s nice to see that the college football world — at least in that respect — is back in order.

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