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Ex-Michigan Coach Lloyd Carr: 'Not the Joe Paterno I Knew'

Former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr, who led the program to five Big Ten titles and a national championship over 13 years, was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame on Saturday in South Bend, Ind. And in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the release of the Freeh report, which details Penn State's response to allegations surrounding Sandusky, Carr was asked about the turmoil in State College. The news has evidently been tough to hear for the former Wolverines' headman.

"It's really a hard issue for people who knew [Joe Paterno] from this standpoint: Nobody, nobody defends what happened to those kids," Carr told the Associated Press. "And the jury spoke to that. But you know the environment is such that a lot of people find that very difficult to say anything positive, you know. And that was not the Joe Paterno I knew."

Later, Carr emphasized victims' healing.

"We can all hope that those kids who are now men that they receive some justice, as much as they can because what they endured was beyond comprehension," he added.

Carr spent all 13 seasons coaching against Paterno in the Big Ten.

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