Lloyd Carr

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Lloyd Carr
LloydCarr Luncheon2013.jpg
Carr in 2013
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1945-07-30) July 30, 1945 (age 69)
Hawkins County, Tennessee
Playing career
1964–1966
1967
Missouri
Northern Michigan
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1968–1969
1970–1973
1974–1975
1976–1977
1978–1979
1980
1980–1986
1987–1994
1995–2007
Nativity HS (MI) (assistant)
Belleville HS (MI) (assistant)
John Glenn HS (Westland, MI)
Eastern Michigan (assistant)
Illinois (assistant)
West Virginia (DB)
Michigan (DB)
Michigan (DC)
Michigan
Head coaching record
Overall 122–40 (college)
Bowls 6–7
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 National (1997)
5 Big Ten (1997–1998, 2000, 2003–2004)
Awards
AFCA Coach of the Year (1997)
George Munger Award (1997)
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (1997)
Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award (1997)
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award (2007)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2011 (profile)

Lloyd Henry Carr, Jr. (born July 30, 1945) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Michigan from 1995 through the 2007 season. Under Carr, the Michigan Wolverines compiled a record of 122–40 and won or shared five Big Ten Conference titles (1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, and 2004). Carr's 1997 team was declared the national champion by the Associated Press. His record coaching against top ten-ranked opponents was 19–8. Carr was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2011.

Youth and education[edit]

Born in Hawkins County, Tennessee, Carr moved with his family to Riverview, Michigan when he was ten years old.[1] Carr's picture is still shown in the Riverview Community High School gym lobby, where he quarterbacked the Pirates to a 1962 State Championship. A talented athlete, Carr played college football and college baseball for three seasons at the University of Missouri, and one season at Northern Michigan University (NMU) while earning his M.A. in education administration. He was a star quarterback at NMU and led the Wildcats to an undefeated season in 1967. Carr had originally played under Dan Devine at Missouri, following fellow Riverview graduates Woody Widenhofer and Bill McCartney. Carr transferred to Northern Michigan when the man who chiefly recruited him to Missouri, Rollie Dotsch, was named head coach.

Carr received an honorary doctorate from the University of Michigan shortly after retiring.[2] He also received an honorary degree from Albion College in 2008.[3]

Early coaching career[edit]

Carr's coaching career began as an assistant at Nativity High School in Detroit, Michigan (1968–69) and at Belleville High School (1970–73). He became head coach at John Glenn High School in Westland, Michigan in 1973 and earned Regional Class A Coach of the Year honors in 1975 following an 8–1 season.

Carr's collegiate coaching career started with two seasons as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan University (1976–77) under head coach Ed Chlebek, followed by two seasons as an assistant coach at Illinois (1978–79) under head coach Gary Moeller. He was briefly the defensive backs coach at West Virginia in the summer of 1980 under head coach Don Nehlen,[4][5] before departing for Michigan in the fall to work under head coach Bo Schembechler. At Michigan, he was reunited with Moeller, who was returning as an assistant coach. Carr was the team's defensive secondary coach for his first seven seasons and then defensive coordinator from 1987 until 1994. He also held the title of assistant head coach from 1990 to 1994.

Head coach at Michigan[edit]

Carr was named Michigan's interim head coach on May 13, 1995, following the resignation of Gary Moeller nine days earlier due to off-the-field trouble. Though athletic director Joe Roberson initially declared that Carr was not a candidate in the search for Moeller's permanent replacement, Roberson reversed his earlier position and gave Carr the job permanently on November 13, 1995 after Carr posted an 8–2 record through his first ten games as head coach. His very first game as head coach, at home against Virginia in late August 1995, was at the time Michigan's largest ever comeback win, from 17–0 down. Carr has acknowledged that had Michigan lost that game, he might not have been given the permanent coaching job.

In 1997, Carr's team defeated Ohio State, 20–14, making him the third Michigan coach to defeat Ohio State in each of his first three games, following Fielding H. Yost and Fritz Crisler. The Wolverines concluded that season with a win over Washington State in the Rose Bowl, after which Michigan was named national champions by the Associated Press. They were also awarded the MacArthur Trophy by the National Football Foundation and the Grantland Rice Award by the Football Writers Association of America, given annually to the nation's most outstanding football team. For his efforts Carr received the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award and the Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award.

During the 2003 season, Carr joined Yost, Bennie Oosterbaan and Schembechler as the only coaches in school history to serve for more than 100 career games. The Wolverines won consecutive Big Ten Conference championships in 2003 and 2004, earning the school's 18th and 19th appearances in the Rose Bowl. In 2005, Carr recorded his 100th career victory, against Iowa. He ranks third in school history in career victories, behind only Schembechler (194) and Yost (165).

At a Sunday team meeting, on November 18, 2007, after the completion of the 2007 regular season, Carr told his team that he was retiring after Michigan's bowl game, and he made his official public announcement at a press conference on Monday, November 19, 2007. On the eve of his final game versus the defending national champion Florida in the Capital One Bowl, Carr was awarded the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award.[6]

On January 1, 2008, then-unranked Michigan beat ninth-ranked Florida, 41–35, in the Capital One Bowl, allowing Carr to record a win in his final game as Michigan's head coach. The Gators were led by head coach Urban Meyer and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. In the celebration that followed, Carr was carried off the field by his Michigan players. In the final AP Poll released after the game, Michigan was ranked #18.

Legacy[edit]

Card stunt honoring Carr prior to a 2011 Michigan football game against Nebraska.

Carr was among the winningest active football coaches in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A). His teams won five Big Ten titles and the 1997 national championship after beating Washington State in the Rose Bowl. In addition, Michigan was ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for all but nine of its games under Carr (all occurring in 1998, 2005, and 2007). Only once during his tenure did Michigan end its season unranked (2005). Carr became the first Wolverine coach to win four straight bowl games, beating Auburn, 31–28, in the 2001 Citrus Bowl, after leading Michigan to victories in the 1998 Rose Bowl, 1999 Citrus Bowl, and the 2000 Orange Bowl.

Carr was also lauded for his high ethical standards and avoidance of any substantive NCAA violations during his tenure. His integrity was widely lauded as one of his defining characteristics, and a major part of his legacy.

Carr posted a .500 or better record against two of Michigan's three top rivals, going 5–4 against Notre Dame and 10–3 against Michigan State. Carr also recorded a 9–2 record against Penn State.

However, many will remember the struggles he had at the end of his career, most notably that he lost six of his last seven games to Ohio State. In his final season, #5 Michigan lost its home opener to Football Championship Subdivision member Appalachian State in one of college football's largest upsets. Also, Michigan lost five of its six bowl games between the 2001–2006 seasons. And largely due to an ongoing problem with losing road openers (Carr's Wolverines dropped six in a row at one point), he only had his program in the late-season hunt for the BCS Championship Game once (in 2006) and never reached the game although 11 other college football programs had since its inception in 1998.

Carr was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame on December 30, 2013 at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Activities off the field[edit]

In addition to his work on the football field, Carr is involved with the University and the community. He has been active in support of women’s athletics, endowing a women’s sports scholarship that is presented annually to a female student-athlete at UM.

Carr has served as the chairperson for the WJR/Special Olympics Golf Outing. He and his wife, Laurie, were also co-chairs of the 2002 Washtenaw County United Way Campaign. Carr serves on the NCAA Rules Committee and is a member of the American Board of Trustees.

Since 2004, an annual summer "Carr's Wash for Kids" has been held with the proceeds benefiting C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. Coach Carr has probably been the most visible celebrity raising money for the new Mott hospital building, discussing it often on Michigan Replay and sporting a bracelet showing his support for the hospital for several years.

Carr also hosts the Hall-of-Fame Football Camp in his hometown of Riverview, Michigan. In 2008 the city renamed the former Pennsalt Park "Lloyd Carr Park" in his honor.

He was an assistant athletic director at Michigan through 2010 after he retired as head football coach.

Carr is also cohost, with WXYZ-TV sports director Tom Leyden, of the Detroit ABC affiliate's college football pregame show, Big Ten Ticket, which focuses primarily on the Wolverines, the Michigan State Spartans and other Big Ten football teams.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Michigan Wolverines (Big Ten Conference) (1995–2007)
1995 Michigan 9–4 5–3 T–3rd L Alamo 19 17
1996 Michigan 8–4 5–3 T–5th L Outback 20 20
1997 Michigan 12–0 8–0 1st W Rose 2 1
1998 Michigan 10–3 7–1 T–1st W Citrus 12 12
1999 Michigan 10–2 6–2 T–2nd W Orange 5 5
2000 Michigan 9–3 6–2 T–1st W Citrus 10 11
2001 Michigan 8–4 6–2 2nd L Citrus 20 20
2002 Michigan 10–3 6–2 3rd W Outback 9 9
2003 Michigan 10–3 7–1 1st L Rose 7 6
2004 Michigan 9–3 7–1 T–1st L Rose 12 14
2005 Michigan 7–5 5–3 T–3rd L Alamo
2006 Michigan 11–2 7–1 T–2nd L Rose 9 8
2007 Michigan 9–4 6–2 T–2nd W Capital One 19 18
Michigan: 122–40 81–23
Total: 122–40
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates College Football Playoff (CFP) game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

Player accomplishments[edit]

In the Carr era, several Michigan players won national and conference awards:

National awards[edit]

Conference honors[edit]

See also[edit]

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