Photoshop Phriday: Lloyd Carr
On the eve of the 112th edition of The Game I wanted to highlight one of the few Michigan football head coaches who hasn’t gotten the photoshop treatment yet. As head coach Lloyd Carr led Michigan football to a 122-40 record from 1995-2007. In those 13 years Carr’s teams captured a national title (1997) and five Big Ten titles. Only Fielding Yost and Bo Schembechler amassed more wins as head coach. His teams went 10-3 against MSU and 6-7 versus OSU. Carr joined the Michigan coaching staff under Schembechler, working with the defense. He would eventually become an assistant head coach under Gary Moeller and then took the top job when Moeller stepped aside in 1995.
All told Carr was on the Michigan sideline for almost 30 years. In his last game as coach (with yours truly watching in person) the Wolverines knocked off heavy favorite Florida 41-35 in the Capital One Bowl. Despite the long list of coaching accomplishments almost everything I hear or read about Carr highlights his dedication to Michigan and the lives of his players beyond football. In 2011 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Carr was often criticized for his use of a cinnamon bun headset but he maintained that it worked just as well and provided a valuable in-game snack.
Unfortunately I have to share that on Monday Carr’s grandson, Chad, passed away after battling DIPG, an inoperable brain cancer, for the past 15 months. The entire Michigan community had rallied around Chad and earlier this year the Carr family founded the ChadTough Foundation to help support and raise awareness of pediatric brain tumors.