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Posted on Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 9:43 a.m.

Friends, family support former Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr as he's inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

By Staff


Former Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr talks at a news conference Tuesday.

Associated Press

Michigan football coach Brady Hoke was there. So was assistant coach Fred Jackson and former Michigan assistants Erik Campbell and Ron English.

They all understood what former Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr said about being inducted Tuesday into the College Football Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.

"If you're the coach at Michigan, you have to win," Carr said, The Detroit Free Press reported. "You've got so many advantages. ... I had the great fortune to be mentored by a guy like Bo and be at a place like Michigan. ... We didn't have all great players, but this was the magic of what Bo believed in. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts."

More than former assistants were there for Carr, who compiled a record of 122-40 in 13 seasons as the head coach at Michigan, the Free Press reported. A reception for Carr put on by Stephen Ross included "hundreds" of supporters, the paper reported.



Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 12:10 a.m.

Lloyd Carr is a Michigan coaching legend straight from the Bo Schembechler coaching tree. He has earned his spot among college football's all-time greats and as a UM fan and alum, I am proud of Coach Carr's class and integrity over the years, not to mention his great record and National Championship season. I'm also thrilled that we now have a coach who has coached under Carr leading our program and leading us back to being the Michigan program we have come to be respected as for so many years. Go Blue!!!

Terry Star21

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 8:32 p.m.

Congratulations to Coach Lloyd Carr, who deserves every award he can garnish. Thank you for all the great years, where defense was the name of the game - and of course the National Championship ! Your name and your presence are a welcome sight anywhere on campus, the Big House or any where else. And finally, thank you for the input you gave David Brandon on our new Coach, Brady Hoke who is set to carry over the legacy and tradition that you left. MgoBlueForTiM...........hail, hail to Lloyd Carr...the Champion and the best.

Ed daggett

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 8:27 p.m.

Taking nothing away from Carrr as coach but his actions last 3 yrs are disapointing &amp; not in line with Bo or any Michigan Man. John Bacon is a well respected M historian without an agenda. Carr chose to not speak with Bacon despite being an associate AD and retired M football coach. Interesting--especially since he had Bacon write the euogy Carr read at Bo's memorial. Many suspect Carr gave info to Freep for NCAA investigation. Interesting that in a dying industy the Freep would send the same writer to New York to cover Carr in New York. Is this their thank you to LC? From The Detroit News: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 10:29 p.m.

The players gave the info to the Freep. That has been confirmed. Their names have not been revealed because very likely their lives would have been threatened or there careers finished at the very least.

Terry Star21

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 8:39 p.m.

Carr does not speak to hacks, looking to make a name and fortune for themselves. The fact that Carr had nothing to say to a farce of a story should have been a red flag, but a book was published anyway - fiction at best, just like your second paragraph.

Blu n Tpa

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 7:08 p.m.

Wow two of the most narrow focused poster to grace this site back together beating the s'ame dead horses. One the poet writing idolizer of the WCiMFH, back from exile to weakly comment on two former Michigan leaders. The other from south of the border never misses the chance to try to discount Coach Carr's contribution to the University of Michigan over his 30 years there. Neither realizes that few give credence to their failed campaign to effect popular opinion. For one the king is dead and gone. For the other he can't stand that fact that his focus of derision is being celebrated on a national stage. How wrong can two people be about two coaches for too long? Go Blue!

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 1:44 a.m.

Indeed. Good Night and Good Luck


Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 12:04 a.m.

You got my vote!

Terry Star21

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 8:24 p.m.

Agree 100%!

Blu n Tpa

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 6:37 p.m.

Coach Carr is Michigan! This is Michigan! Go Blue!


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 6:03 p.m.

congrats to Lloyd. as mentioned, I was not a big fan of his for years up to his so called 'retirement' either, especially how he undermined the program both before and after his departure. while he may have done some good things with charity, I still recall him as being arrogant during interviews, and in my opinion, without cause. I hope he stays the heck out of the program.... GO BLUE!!

Terry Star21

Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 1:18 a.m.

Blue 1st. Whether you want to believe it or not, Carr was very instrumental in helping Dave Brandon understand Brady Hoke and his teaching/coaching - which was a major factor in the hire of our great coach. I pray he stays the heck in our program forever !


Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 12:02 a.m.

I once met coach Carr in person while on the campus at EMU, and he was very polite and cordial. He shook my hand and took a few moments to chat despite the fact that he probably gets stopped by people all over town when they see him and probably had something more pressing than a conversation with me at the time. No, he didn't like being interviewed DURING games, but to meet him in person outside a game situation, he seemed genuinely friendly and was very respectful towards me.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 5:43 p.m.

John Navarre went to hand the award to Lloyd, but it was batted down.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 4:17 a.m.

Nasty comment.

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 1:48 a.m.

Classless. Not a shock. Indeed, completely expected. Good Night and Good Luck

Terry Star21

Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 1:14 a.m.

And some people continue to attempt berating the Michigan Football legends and, although their lips seem to be moving - no sound is ever heard from them.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 11:57 p.m.

As bad as people claim Navarre was, then Carr must have truly been a great coach because he won a B10 championship and went to the Rose Bowl with him.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 5:37 p.m.

As Carr himself was known for saying: &quot;Tremendous!&quot;


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 5:17 p.m.

I too have had mixed emotions about Coach Carr. I was not a fan during his years of coaching nor his decision on his successor. But, Coach Carr is a class act that has been proved by his actions off the field.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 5:13 p.m.

Carr never won a heisman????

Billy Bob Schwartz

Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 2:57 a.m.

Neither did I.

Lorain Steelmen

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 4:18 p.m.

I've had mixed emotions regarding Coach Carr, for the past ten years. But I congratulate him for his 122-40 record, and for the support he gave to other UM athletic teams, by way of encouragement and scholarships, and of course, his support of Motts Childrens hospital. Carr had, on balance, a positive impact on many of the guys that played for him. On the other hand, I deplore his undermining of his successor, and in turn, the team, and the program, after he 'retired'. That kind of behavior is inexcusable, particularly, after he was responsible for the deterioration of the program, from 2002 to 2007. Now, both he, and, his successor are gone, and at long last, the program seems to be, again, in good hands. It has been a long, nine years. I am looking forward to a great run by Coach Hoke, to rebuild the program to what it was in 2001.


Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 3:30 a.m.

Sorry, I hit submit by mistake. To finish my thought, I believe we would have beaten that Florida team that waxed osu in the 06 NC because we simply matched up well against them as proven the next year when we beat them. That would have given Carr his 2nd NC. So to say that Carr let the program slip just doesn't make any sense to me.


Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 3:27 a.m.

Lorain, Though I agree with some of the view points you have in various posts, your take on Carr from 02 to 07 I find a bit odd. I will say that if he did &quot;undermine&quot; the previous coach that I don't agree with that. But I think most can agree that the previous coach was just not the right fit in AA. I have to agree with a couple of the posters above. In particular about the 2006 season. We were one bone headed late hit and ultimately 3 points away from playing for a NC. Think about that. And we proved the next year that we matched up much better against that Florida team than did osu


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 11:55 p.m.

David, You're assessment is spot on. Michigan did not deteriorate at all. They suddenly collapsed from 2008-2010 with a terrible coaching hire, and have now rebounded with the proper hire to quickly regain their spot among the nation's elite.

David Vande Bunte

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 5:46 p.m.

and by deterioration, do you mean the 2006 season, when Michigan was competing for a chance to play in the national championship game? Wow. So horrible. Do you mean 2007, when Michigan lost to Appalachian State, but then rebounded and beat the defending national champion Florida Gators + Heisman winner Tim Tebow in the bowl game? That kind of deterioration? The kind of deterioration that led Michigan to 3 Rose Bowls in that time frame, plus two bowl wins over vaunted SEC teams? Losses to Ohio State aside, 02-07 was still pretty darn good.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 4:26 p.m.

Or perhaps he knew his successor was lame, and he got things right back to where they should be (?).

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 4:02 p.m.

Congratulations, Coach Carr. You make true Michigan fans proud! GN&amp;GL