May 17, 2011
Brandon's Blog: Lloyd Carr Made All of U-M Proud
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Retired University of Michigan football head coach Lloyd Carr (1995-2007) has been named one of 16 inductees into the 2011 College Football Hall of Fame announced today (Tuesday, May 17) by the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. Carr and long-time Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry were joined by 14 players who have been selected as members of this year's class. The announcement was made at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square at 11:30 a.m.
Carr is the sixth Wolverine coach to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He joins Fritz Crisler, George Little, Bo Schembechler, Elton "Tad" Wieman and Fielding Yost.
He completed his 13-year head coaching career at Michigan with a 122-40 record, five Big Ten Conference titles and the 1997 national championship. He led the Wolverines to six 10-win seasons. Carr trails only Fielding H. Yost (165-29-10) and Bo Schembechler (194-48-5) in career victories at Michigan.
Carr was dominant in Big Ten Conference play, boasting the conference's third-best overall winning percentage at 77.9 percent (81-23). He trails only his mentor, Schembechler (.850), and Yost (.786) in all-time winning percentage. Carr's teams finished no lower than third place in the league during his final 11 seasons.
He is just the eighth coach in league history to claim five or more championships. Carr was a part of 13 Big Ten championship teams during his U-M tenure, eight as an assistant and the five as head coach (1997, 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2004).
Carr led the Wolverines to the 1997 national championship, the school's first title in 49 years, with a 21-16 victory over Washington State in the 1998 Rose Bowl. He was named the National Coach of the Year by six different organizations following Michigan's climb to the summit of college football's elite.
Prior to being elevated to head coach, Carr was an assistant coach for 15 seasons under Bo Schembechler (1980-89) and Gary Moeller (1990-94). He joined Schembechler's staff as the defensive secondary coach, which he coached for seven seasons, prior to being promoted to defensive coordinator (1987-94) for three seasons under Schembechler and all five seasons with Moeller. Carr also served as assistant head coach for Moeller. He is second to only Bennie Oosterbaan (31 years; 20 years as an assistant and 11 years as head coach) in years of service to the nation's winningest college football program.
Carr has been instrumental in the community, serving as co-chair of the capital campaign for the new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital along with his wife, Laurie, and friends Dave and Jan Brandon.
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