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Posted on Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 12:07 p.m.

Ex-Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr, known for his 'tough love,' honored before Nebraska game

By Kyle Meinke

Michigan football coach Brady Hoke said Lloyd Carr was known around campus for his tough love.

The Wolverines returned some of that love to their former coach Saturday before they took on Nebraska, as Carr was honored before kickoff for his upcoming induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

He is part of a 16-member class (14 players and two coaches) that will be inducted Dec. 6 in New York.


Former Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr was honored before the start of the game for his upcoming induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

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"Lloyd handled a team as well as anybody I've been around," said Hoke, who was a defensive assistant for Carr from 1995-2002. "From a day-to-day, handled players as well as I've seen anybody. That's probably the biggest thing.

"There was some tough love that's in there."

Carr was immensely successful at Michigan, where he went 122-40 from 1995-2007. He won five Big Ten titles and finished outside the top three only once in 13 seasons.

He also guided the Wolverines to a share of the 1997 national championship — which they split with the Cornhuskers, who happen to be visiting Ann Arbor for the first time since 1962 on the day of Carr's honoring.

Carr's legacy will live on in that game, as Hoke has adopted Carr's tough-love coaching style at Michigan.

"That's always been part of who I am, (but) you get some affirmations when you see the success someone else has doing it that way," Hoke said.

Carr joins former Air Force coach Fisher DeBerry and players such as Eddie George, Deion Sanders and Gene Washington in the second induction class of 2011.

Former Michigan great Desmond Howard also was inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier this year.

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Ed daggett

Sun, Nov 20, 2011 : 3:05 p.m.

Enough stories about the Bendedict Arnold of Michigan football

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 1:01 a.m.

You have evidence of this charge? Of course not. Classless post. GN&GL

Blu n Tpa

Sun, Nov 20, 2011 : 11:36 a.m.

To those who feel Coach Carr owes you some explanation based on comments or stories printed in the book "3 and Out", why would he even want to go there? Does it matter any more? The record of Coach Carr is solid: vs conference teams, vs top conference teams, vs SEC teams, vs ND, and vs Top 5 and Top 10, and he did it will class and intelligence. When the rules were evenly applied, Michigan beat osu on a regular basis. The same way the SEC has an advantage now a days, with players being recruiting over the number of scholarship available, osu has won by players knowing there is money to be made in C-bus. Coach Carr served the University of Michigan honorably for 30 years. He's being inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame this year. Live with it. TiM Go Blue!

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 11:21 p.m.

Whatever else might be said he always was a class act and represented the University of Michigan well. Some of the posters in this discussion might take a lesson or two. Good Night and Good Luck


Sun, Nov 20, 2011 : 4:10 a.m.

Lloyd 'against Michigan?' Seriously, you write this ridiculous, baseless accusation as if it is some sort of fact. Why would Lloyd lower himself to respond to this type of garbage?

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Sun, Nov 20, 2011 : 12:53 a.m.

"I don't know if they do, it would appear that Lloyd and his former players have actually been disgusting the last 4-5 years and act like spoiled children." You can, of course, provide facts with links to support this scurrilous charge? If not, see post above lessons in class. GN&GL


Sun, Nov 20, 2011 : 12:45 a.m.

I don't know if they do, it would appear that Lloyd and his former players have actually been disgusting the last 4-5 years and act like spoiled children. This event had poor timing, I didn't like it especially with Lloyd never explaining or responding to the many bad things that have occurred recently with him seemingly against Michigan.


Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 11:06 p.m.

Honestly, I'm getting tired of Mr. Negative Background Influence showing up to receive rewards he (now) isn't qualified to have. Go away, Lloyd - and stay away. And let's be clear: a dishonest coach had Lloyd in the corner 6 games out of seven. Lloyd is the reason: the last win against TSiO was in 2003. THAT also is why he retired: to avoid the same fate with the same tactic as former (disgraced) AD Bill Martin faced and used. That Michigan is so eager to cover all this up with "honored retirements" and post-performance awards which don't reflect the true record is nothing but disturbing. I was originally a strong supporter of Coach Carr. I guess that the majority of us really thought he was great wasn't enough for him. What a disappointment.

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 11:19 p.m.

"a dishonest coach had Lloyd in the corner 6 games out of seven" So let me get this right: you're knocking Lloyd Carr for losing to a coach who cheated in order to win? Yeah. That makes sense. Good Night and Good Luck

1st Down

Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 10:29 p.m.

Thanks Lloyd Carr for 122-40, 1NC and 5BT and for teaching Brady Hoke. Go Blue.

Larry Weisenthal

Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 9:43 p.m.

Lloyd Carr was a first rate coach, who didn't drop the ball on his watch. His greatest contribution was turning Michigan into a destination school for NFL-quality quarterbacks.


Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 9:24 p.m.

Lloyd Carr is a class act and was a great coach.'re right, Lloyd wrecked many opponents, especially MSU, PSU, pre-tattoo gate OSU, and all comers from the SEC. Good assessment.


Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 8:58 p.m.

So . . RichRodbeBetter?


Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 6:25 p.m.

One man wrecking ball, that's what I think about Lloyd.