Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Entering the Hall: Lloyd Carr
By Adam Rittenberg
Let's take a quick look at the former Big Ten coach selected Tuesday to the College Football Hall of Fame ...
Lloyd Carr, head coach, Michigan, 1995-2007
Carr is one of those coaches who wasn't truly appreciated until he retired from his premier job. Think about these accomplishments: a 122-40 record, a national title in 1997 and five Big Ten championships (won or shared) in 13 seasons at Michigan.
Doesn't sound too shabby, especially when you look at what has happened to Michigan football after Carr stepped down.
Named Michigan's interim coach in May 1995 after Gary Moeller's surprise resignation, Carr didn't seem like a strong candidate for the permanent position. But after winning eight of his first 10 games on the job, Carr earned the permanent tag. Two years later, he guided the Wolverines to wins against Ohio State and Washington State in the Rose Bowl, which resulted in Michigan being named AP national champions.
Carr's Michigan teams won or shared the Big Ten title in three out of four seasons and claimed back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004. Although his struggles against Ohio State and coach Jim Tressel are well documented, Carr led Michigan to nine or more victories in 10 seasons. The Wolverines were ranked in the AP Top 25 for all but nine games during Carr's tenure.
Carr also represented the program in ways that resonated with Michigan fans. His charity work and presence in the community is well documented. He won numerous awards both during and after his coaching career, and he's the sixth man who coached Michigan to be elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.