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Monday, July 21, 2008
Lloyd's legacy and missed opportunities

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Rich Rodriguez is giving Michigan football a makeover, one that many feel is long overdue. But before looking ahead to 2008, let's take a quick look back at the Wolverines under Lloyd Carr. The Detroit Free Press has a photo gallery showing the All-Lloyd Carr team, standout players for the Wolverines between 1995-2007. There are also galleries of Michigan's 1997 national championship season and Carr's retirement ceremony.

The All-Lloyd list features several school record holders, including wide receiver Braylon Edwards, running back Mike Hart and linebacker Jarrett Irons. I was a little surprised neither Chad Henne nor Brian Griese made the list, but otherwise it looks fine. Who do you think they should have included?

Flipping through the gallery this morning, I had forgotten how many standout offensive linemen Michigan produced under Carr. I also came away with the same question many Michigan fans had during the last few years: How did Carr win only one national championship with this talent? It will be interesting to see how Carr's legacy is viewed 20 or 30 years from now. His coaching record (122-40) was tremendous, as were the five Big Ten titles his teams captured, but the lack of bowl wins and his record against Ohio State also stand out.