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Posted on Tue, Dec 27, 2011 : 10:44 a.m.

Ex-Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr to be part of Hall of Fame celebration at Sugar Bowl

By Nick Baumgardner

The only Michigan football coach to win a Bowl Championship Series game will be in attendance as the Wolverines go for another.

Former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr will be honored as part of the 2011 National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Salute, which will be held at this year's Sugar Bowl on Jan. 3.

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Carr and his fellow 2011 Hall of Fame inductees will be honored prior to Michigan and Virginia Tech's 8:30 p.m. kickoff at the Superdome in New Orleans. The 2011 class was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Dec. 6.

The inductees will take part in pregame festivities, which will include an on-field introduction prior to kick. In addition, the hall of famers will partake in a variety of activities throughout New Orleans leading up to the game.

Carr won Michigan's lone BCS bowl when a Tom Brady-led Wolverine squad was able to grab a 35-34 overtime win over Alabama in the 2000 Orange Bowl.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan sports for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.



Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 10:08 p.m.

I hope he has learned how to answer an interviewer's question a little more tactfully than he used to.


Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 9:05 p.m.

I always pretty much liked LLoyd and never really understood alot of the negativety thrown his way concerning the occasional grumpy outbursts and coaching style.


Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 3:35 p.m.

I'm a mixed bag when it comes to Carr. I appreciated his love for Michigan, and as a Michigan Man, he is stellar, and respect the way he ran the program. On the field, as a coach, I have a lot of problems with him. He was not competitive over his last 5 years, and his teams were perennial underachievers. To me, it was mostly on him. So, I respect the man, but It was clearly time for a change from a football coach standpoint.


Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 2:06 p.m.

Lets not forget some of players were stealing from K-Mart, some carried loaded guns. When he won because of Gary Moeller, now he was a great coach. All this is too much, enough already.

Blu n Tpa

Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 12:30 p.m.

Ed and Laurie You both seem to be mistaken about the subject matter of this article. It's about a Michigan coach being honored at a BCS bowl game due to his being inducted into the COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. If you two want to base your comments from a single source then go ahead but Coach Carr will still be loved and respected by those who understand that any decisions made by him were based on what was in the best interests of the players, the team, and the University. That is supported by the success of this football season. And the rest is just verbage. Nothing Coach Carr is accused of doing directly impacted how the WCiMFH handled the football team during his time at Michigan. He stunk and there is no question or debate about that. Coach Carr is a Hall of Fame Football Coach and a Hall of Fame Michigan supporter. He is Michigan! This is Michigan! Go Blue!

Gopal Alladsa

Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 5:26 a.m.

Unfortunate that the Roddites can't appreciate Carr for what he did on and off the field. Rich is gone. He was a terrible coach. Hope he finds himself in the Pac 12. I'm sure he'll get a Vince Lombardi to get his defense in order. Lloyd Carr's legacy will be for all to see in the College Football Hall of Fame. If some shameful Michigan fans want to cling to their Carr voodoo dolls, so be it. Pretty sad.


Tue, Dec 27, 2011 : 9:54 p.m.

I know Coach Carr made some mistakes. If he has any regrets on his actions, then I would think he'd man up. Each person is entitled to their own opinion, negative or positive. What tips my scales in favor of Carr is the time and effort he put into Michigan Football during his active career. He commanded the respect and loyalty of his players. No former Lloyd Carr player has a negative thing to say about their former coach and that sits well with me...IMHO.


Tue, Dec 27, 2011 : 7:34 p.m.

We need a new carr with Les Miles!!

Ed daggett

Tue, Dec 27, 2011 : 7:33 p.m.

G;ad to see the Brandon boys are out today to defend LC actions. A program is only as good as the people in charge. LC was a fine coach. As an administrator and former coach his actions will never be forgotten. Telling kids to go to MSU, working with Freep on investagation & undermining the program are his legacy now.


Tue, Dec 27, 2011 : 7:04 p.m.

mission, I agree with you 100%. LC was a great coach and did great things both for the program and for the community. You know what his "kids" think of him when those that are in the NFL introduce themselves as being from "Lloyd Carr's University of Michigan." You also get an idea of what they thought of LC's successor and attempted destruction of the program. As for RR's "guys" (as in Michigan is now winning with "my guys"), he threw them under the bus and blamed them for every one of his 22 losses. How about RR's line about picking up a kicker along the side of the road on his way to a game because "his" kickers were so bad? Way to instill confidence in your "guys" coach! Gibbons only went out and totally proved RR completely inadequate by having a great year and basically crediting it to Coach Hoke's belief in him. RR sank his own ship...and now shows his complete lack of class by taking credit for Coach Hoke's great season. RR couldn't hold LC's jock...and he proved it. Carr is a Hall of Famer...RR, in his own words, just ain't.


Thu, Dec 29, 2011 : 3:44 a.m.

All of the former Bo players that I know and am aware of have great respect for Lloyd to this very day. That's what I know.


Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 8:42 p.m.

@azwolverine - You know what his kids think of him when they introduce themselves as LC's wolverines? I'll tell you what they think... They think they are better than decades worth of former players coming back to support Michigan players and coaches. They think they are bigger than the program itself and the team of young players they should have been supporting from day one. They're the adults. They're the national champions. They're the ones that tarnished the Michigan we all knew and loved before RR got here. Bo was Michigan. You know what Bo's kids thought of LC and his players when all this went down... This isn't Michigan and these aren't Michigan men.


Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 6:05 p.m.

I wish Hoke would do the same for Hagerup, maybe he can help him get back to his numbers from last year. If he can do it for Gibbons why can't he do it for Hagerup?


Tue, Dec 27, 2011 : 6:52 p.m.

If I never see this bitter old man at a Michigan game again, I'll be happy. No one should forget that he put himself and his old boys above Michigan football.


Tue, Dec 27, 2011 : 6:49 p.m.

"This attempts to rehabilitate the image of LC will not work to those who know the truth." LC's image needs no rehabilitating. I think you are confusing him with his successor, who will NEVER be able to rehabilitate his tarnished image at UM. LC's teams finished in the top 20 in the nation 12 of 13 times, he won 5 B1G titles, and 1 NC. He continued the great winning tradition we have at UM, and he did so with class and dignity. He also continued a long tradition of doing things the right away, and never had any NCAA violations. His successor did NONE of these things, had little to no class, and gave us the first ever NCAA violations in our long football history. As for "undermining the kids in the program", someone who takes a perennial winner and coaches his "kids" to a 15-22 overall record and 6-18 in the B1G is the one who is undermining the kids AND the program. More attempts to rewrite history.


Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 6:01 p.m.

Mission Brazil...usually seniors are the ones who get drafted. How many senior starters did he have on those teams? As I recall, it wasn't too many. Many of the kids who started for him are now juniors and seniors, so you should see more enter the draft in the next couple years.


Tue, Dec 27, 2011 : 8:45 p.m.

"And these supposedly great players Carr left behind have been almost completely ignored in the NFL Draft." According to records, 87 Michigan players have been drafted in the NFL from LC's teams ... that is an average of close to 7 per year. How many were drafted from RR's teams ? 6 or 7 in 3 years ... an average of 2 per year. 7 versus 2 per year ... LC >>>>> RR in sending players to the NFL (and in everything else).


Tue, Dec 27, 2011 : 7:58 p.m.

Laurie, If I know nothing about the NCAA violations, then apparently and many others do not also, including the NCAA. In this article ( <a href=",">,</a> it states that the NCAA found RICH RODRIGUEZ guilt of major rules violations. Did they get that wrong ? Did they mean to say Lloyd Carr instead ? And what about this article (<a href=""></a> ... it says that RR was accused of these violations at 2 universities. Apparently many of us know NOTHING and are not nearly as informed as you.


Tue, Dec 27, 2011 : 6:58 p.m.

You know NOTHING about what the NCAA violations were about. Read the reports. Had Carr also had a Freep columnist and two administrators within his own program working against him, Michigan would have been found guilty for the exact same things. Hell, Tom Burpee was a quality control staffer under Carr who boasts on his resume that he did intensive coaching, something confirmed by a player from that era. This is an NCAA violation. And these supposedly great players Carr left behind have been almost completely ignored in the NFL Draft.


Tue, Dec 27, 2011 : 6:37 p.m.

Lloyd Carr won a national championship, raised tons of awareness for a children's hospital, taught his players to be charitable citizens of the world, had a great winning record, and beat the crap out of OSU until they hired a man who has now been convicted of serial cheating. And then, maybe... he used some backhanded tactics to drive out a fellow who has yet to prove that he is not above reproach. We'll see how that guy does at his next stop - but so far he has left his two previous jobs in a state of total crap.


Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 8:34 p.m.

LC did a lot of positive things around Ann Arbor, there is no doubting that. There is also no doubting the fact that Tressel killed us every year while LC was in place. Serial cheating? I don't see how knowledge of players collecting a few extra hundred dollars or free tattoos translates into wins on the football field. Where has LC been the past 3 years? Why wasn't he at football practices each week like Gary Moeller was? Why did Bo's players decry his actions? Why couldn't he support RR while he was here? Heck, why couldn't he support his players, many of which he recruited, who were still on the team. Instead, he tries to get them to transfer and helps get our program put on probation.... Great legacy.


Tue, Dec 27, 2011 : 5:55 p.m.

Unfortunately, Carr will be honored only for SOME OF his active career achievements while his nefarious post-coaching deeds will get buried - and/or defended and/or denied. Inverting logic: Carr is a total success. He succeeded (mostly, except against Ohio) as a coach and then: he succeeded in keeping Les Miles from coming to Michigan and he succeeded in establishing his loyalty to Michigan's Community of Elitists by sabotaging what LITTLE CHANCE Rich Rodriguez ever had at Michigan. I too am dismayed that Carr will show up at the Sugar Bowl. Now I'll have to be alert enough to either turn of my TV or change to another channel while Carr The Tainted One makes his appearance. I only thank God that Lloyd is a lousy interview - if he had Bo's abilities before the camera, we'd never be able to avoid seeing his mug in unending series. Avoid Lloyd! Go Blue!


Tue, Dec 27, 2011 : 6:38 p.m.

Rich Rodriguez had three years to try and get coupld of &quot;3 and outs&quot; on defense so he might be able to win a couple in the big ten, and he didn't do it. That wasn't Lloyd Car's fault.


Tue, Dec 27, 2011 : 5:36 p.m.

blah blah blah. Things are good now. The 2000 Orange Bowl was a great game. Lloyd is a stand-up guy. Nothing has ever been said that about the other fellow who couldn't do anything and had zero interpersonal skills.

Ed daggett

Tue, Dec 27, 2011 : 5:05 p.m.

This attempts to rehabilitate the image of LC will not work to those who know the truth. His undermining of the kids in the program while RR was coach will forerver be a part of Michigan football. This shameful behavior of his is now a part of his legacy