May 17, 2011
University of Michigan director of athletics Dave Brandon will regularly offer his view on different topics related to U-M and intercollegiate sports. All of his posts, along with links to related content, will be available on his page, mgoblue.com/brandon, and he is also on Twitter at @DaveBrandonAD.
There are days you feel good, there are days you feel pride and there are those fortunate days where you have both of these wonderful feelings.
Today is one of those days.
I was told Lloyd Carr was going to be named to the 2011 Class of the College Football Hall of Fame early last week. On Saturday night (May 17), Brian Griese announced the honor to 500 plus at the Champion for Children's Dinner for CS Mott's Children Hospital. Each time I listened to those words, I felt good.
Lloyd is the sixth Michigan coach to be named to the College Football Hall of Fame. He is only the eighth coach in Big Ten history to have claimed at least five conference titles. He never finished lower than third in his 11 years as head coach and his .779 Big Ten winning percentage is third best in conference history trailing two other coaches -- U-M's own Bo Schembechler and Fielding Yost.
This morning, Lloyd Carr was in New York at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square for the official announcement. Having known about the honor, I thought it would be a day to sit back and smile, let Lloyd enjoy the day, while I worked through an agenda with the Big Ten ADs at our May meetings in Chicago.
Instead, I read the following quote on a Twitter feed.
He said, "I'm so proud today to represent the greatest university in the world."
I thought about what he said and repeated those words quietly. He made me feel so proud to be a Michigan Wolverine. He showed why he is a class act. He showed why he is a true champion for our university and college football.
He didn't make this his day; he made it Michigan's Day. He made us all proud to be part of the greatest university in the world.
Congratulations to Lloyd Carr and Go Blue!