Lloyd Retiring

Submitted by Tim on July 13th, 2010 at 2:44 PM

[press release]

Lloyd Carr Retires From the University of Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After 30 years of distinguished service to the University of Michigan, associate athletic director and former U-M head football coach Lloyd Carr will officially retire from the athletic department on Sept. 1.

“I am thankful for the wonderful opportunity to assist two great coaches here in Bo Schembechler and Gary Moeller and I will always appreciate Joe Roberson’s decision to name me the head coach in 1995,” said Carr. “I am also appreciative for those I worked with and for all the great friendships I have developed.

“Most of all, I am thankful for the young men I coached and for all the memories I have from my time at Michigan.”

Carr’s accomplishments off the field can be measured by his success as a fundraiser for many charitable causes, including his role as Co-Chair for the campaign to build a new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital which will open in the fall of 2011. He will remain active in fundraising and keep his position as co-chair for the fundraising effort for the hospitals. He has also aided both the athletic department and the university as a highly sought-after speaker, serving on special committees, and providing helpful advice and mentoring to coaches and staff.

“Lloyd Carr's legacy is an impressive and important part of Michigan's rich history and tradition of excellence in football,” said U-M President Mary Sue Coleman.  “He has served the University as well through his advocacy and passion for a number of philanthropic causes. We are grateful for his long and successful service and wish him well in retirement.”

“I have known Lloyd since he came to Michigan as an assistant coach,” said Dave Brandon, U-M Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.  “Coach Carr is a man of integrity. I admire and appreciate his love for all of our student-athletes and his many contributions to not only our University, but his work on behalf of numerous charitable causes throughout the State of Michigan.”

Carr is retiring after two-and-one-half years as an associate athletic director, but his accomplishments as U-M’s 17th head football coach will be an enduring memory.

Following the 2008 Capital One Bowl, Carr retired as U-M football coach with an overall record of 122-40 (81-23 Big Ten), a national championship and five Big Ten Conference titles. He is one of only three U-M coaches to win more than 100 games, an achievement only surpassed by Bo Schembechler and Fielding H. Yost. He is the only coach to have taken Michigan teams to a bowl game in each year he served as head coach and he is only the fifth head football coach to lead Michigan to a national title (1997).

Carr became just the second Big Ten coach to post an undefeated regular season record in just his third year of head coaching.  He also wrote himself into the NCAA record books, becoming just the seventh coach in NCAA history to have reached 29 wins in just three seasons of coaching.
Carr has also been involved in the university, community and coaching fraternity.  He has been active in support of women's athletics, endowing a women's athletics scholarship that is presented annually to a U-M female student-athlete. He initiated the Women's Football Academy and U-M Men's Fantasy Football Experience which donate all proceeds to the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center through the establishment of the Coach Carr Cancer Fund in 1998 in memory of his mother, Pauline, who died of breast cancer. The “Carr Wash for Kids” was an annual event benefiting the Mott Children’s Hospital which is a cause he continues to support today. He also serves as spokesperson for Mentor Michigan to help recruit men and women to help children in need.  He has been involved with local charities such as the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Shelter Association of Washtenaw County, Washtenaw Literacy and the United Way.
In the past, he also worked with Special Olympics, served on the NCAA Rules Committee and was a member of the American Football Coaches Association Board of Trustees. He annually hosts the Hall of Fame football camp in his hometown of Riverview, Mich.  He was also given the Philip Hart Public Service Award from the Michigan Women’s Studies Association and the Dodge National Athletic Lifetime Achievement Award.
Carr is married to the former Laurie McCartney.  They have six children: Melissa, Brett, Jason, Ryan, Emily and Jarrett.  Jason was a quarterback at U-M and Emily lettered in volleyball.  He has 11 grandchildren: Tyler John McCartney, Brendan Massey McCartney, Drew Elizabeth Vigo, Austin Patrick McCartney, Colin Lloyd McCartney, Sydney Ann Vigo, Ethan Michael McCartney, Casey Carr Vigo, Noah Thomas McCartney, Curtis Jason (C.J.) Carr and Thomas Lloyd Carr with another grandson expected in October.

1995-2007: Overall record 122–40 (81-23 Big Ten)

1-National (1997)
5-Big Ten (1997–1998, 2000, 2003–2004)

AFCA Coach of the Year (1997)
Walter Camp Coach of the Year (1997)
Paul “Bear” Bryant Award (1997)
AFQ/Schutt Coach of the Year (1997)
Northern Michigan University Hall of Fame (1997)
Catholic League Hall of Fame (1997)
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year (2007)
Robert R. Neyland Award (2008)

College Coaching
1976–77 Assistant (Eastern Michigan)
1978–79 Assistant  (Illinois)
1980–86 Defensive Backs  (Michigan)
1987–94 Defensive Coordinator (Michigan)
1995–2007 Head Coach (Michigan)

High School Coaching
1968-69 Assistant Nativity HS (Detroit)                                                                               
1970-73 Assistant Belleville (Mich.)                                                                                               
1973-75 Head coach Westland (Mich.) John Glenn
Regional Class A Coach of the Year (1975)

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July 13th, 2010 at 2:51 PM ^

So now we need a new Associate AD...Bill Stewart anyone? In all seriousness, he will be missed, but I hope he continues to give speeches and be a great face for Michigan football for a long time to come.


July 13th, 2010 at 3:48 PM ^

When Bo started at UM the reason UM didn't go to a bowl game every year wasn't because of the number of bowl games.  It was because the Big 10 had a policy where only the league champion got to go to a bowl game (Rose Bowl).


July 13th, 2010 at 3:01 PM ^

and still does. Every man and coach has his faults and blind spots, but Lloyd's positives far, far outweighed his negatives.


July 13th, 2010 at 3:01 PM ^

My fandom really began to grow during his tenure. So without the success of his teams I wouldn't be near as crazy as I am now. For this I thank you Lloyd. Good luck and God Bless.


July 13th, 2010 at 3:05 PM ^

Yup, and the only reason Bo didn't take every one of his teams to a bowl was because of the Big Ten's asinine Rose Bowl-only policy that was in place until after the 1975 season.

Kalamazoo Blue 87

July 13th, 2010 at 3:06 PM ^

Interesting timing so soon after Coach Carr apparently undermined Coach Rodriguez a couple of months ago when Carr left Morgan Trent with the impression (intentionally or unintentionally) that Coach Carr was critical of Coach Rodriguez.  


July 13th, 2010 at 5:02 PM ^

In the second-to-last page of the book, under the chapter heading, "The Aftermath," Deren wrote the following:

"Shortly after the draft, Morgan made good on his promise to pay his former head coach (Carr) a visit. Morgan was always happy to see Coach Carr and gave him a warm greeting. However, it didn't take long for Coach Carr to get to the main reason why he wanted to see Morgan. It was there that Coach Carr told Morgan why he wasn't drafted until the sixth round.

"Apparently, current Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez had cost Morgan quite a bit of money. Rodriguez had bad-mouthed Morgan to every NFL scout he could. Rodriguez claimed that Morgan was lazy, he had an attitude problem and he was a big reason why the Wolverines finished with a 3-9 record, the worst in school history. In essence, an entire draft season and an entire college career of hard work were decimated by a few petty words. Those words may have meant the difference between a $1.86 million deal and a $2.86 million deal. It may have meant the difference between the sixth round and the third round."

Carr disputed the representation of the meeting during a phone interview on Monday with The News.

"That paragraph is completely a distortion of my conversation with Morgan," Carr said. "That is a complete distortion, and it is not accurate. I have never spoken with the author. I have never met him. I have never had a conversation with him to the best of my knowledge."

Trent on Monday told The News he initiated the conversation with Carr about what he had heard from NFL scouts regarding comments attributed to Rodriguez.

"Lloyd didn't bring any of this to my attention," Trent said. "When we spoke, I brought it up to him, and he said he had heard some of the same things."

Rodriguez issued a statement Saturday through the Michigan athletic department denying he ever said anything negative about Trent.

"The comments attributed to me are inaccurate and absolutely ridiculous," Rodriguez said in the statement. "I said just the opposite about Morgan Trent to NFL scouts and wish him well with the Bengals

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20100511/SPORTS0201/5110362/Rich-Rodriguez--Lloyd-Carr--Morgan-Trent-spar-on-book-passage#ixzz0taw0dC9k


Please explain what you mean:

Interesting timing so soon after Coach Carr apparently undermined Coach Rodriguez a couple of months ago when Carr left Morgan Trent with the impression (intentionally or unintentionally) that Coach Carr was critical of Coach Rodriguez.


after reading this article, i don't think your argument has a leg to stand on.

Do you?

Kalamazoo Blue 87

July 13th, 2010 at 6:57 PM ^

Coach Carr's statement is a non-denial, denial.  All he says is that the re-telling of the conversation is a distortion.  That it wasn't accurate.  That he didn't talk to the author(who said he did?).

Notably, he does not deny the central issue.  He did not say: "I did not tell Morgan Trent that I heard that Coach Rodriguez said negative things about him to NFL scouts."

All Carr says is that the re-telling of the story by the author was a "distortion."

Morgan Trent, in his sort-of-retraction re-confirms that Coach Carr did say negative things about Coach Rodriguez:  "When we spoke, I brought it up to him, and he said he had heard some of the same things."

In contrast, Coach Rodriguez provides an actual denial of the central issue: "The comments attributed to me are inaccurate and absolutely ridiculous," Rodriguez said in the statement. "I said just the opposite about Morgan Trent to NFL scouts and wish him well with the Bengals."

Rather than spread or confirm negative rumors about Coach Rodriguez, Coach Carr, an employee of the Michigan athletic department, should have said something like: "Trent, don't worry about rumors.  Or what he said or she said.  I know you're a good player.  Go out there and prove that you belong in the NFL."

But Coach Carr didn't say that, did he?  Instead, Coach Carr created or left an impression with Morgan Trent that he either volunteered or confirmed negative statements about Coach Rodriguez.

And now he is quitting.

So I wonder - was the resignation voluntary or involuntary?  I think the timing is interesting. 


July 13th, 2010 at 3:18 PM ^

Best of luck to Lloyd Carr and congratulations on everything he accomplished while at UM.  He lead this program with class and humility that is becoming increasingly rare in today's coaching circles.