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Michigan Stadium tunnel named after Lloyd Carr

A former Michigan football head coach and longtime assistant has gotten his name on the stadium in a fresh honor.

Michigan Athletics announced that the tunnel of The Big House gets a fresh name attached, as former coach Lloyd Carr, who oversaw the 1997 national championship team after overtaking this program in 1995, now has his name attached above the iconic player entrance to the stadium.

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Information regarding the move comes with a news release from the football team.

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The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved Thursday (Sept. 22) the Athletic Departments request to mention the tunnel of Michigan Stadium after Lloyd Carr, the retired Hall of Fame and National Champion Head Football Coach for the Wolverines. The Lloyd Carr Tunnel at Michigan Stadium will undoubtedly be formally dedicated before the Penn State game on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Carr compiled a 122-40 overall record during his career and led the Wolverines to six 10-win seasons in 13 years leading this program (1995-2007). He guided Michigan to the 1997 national championship and five Big Ten Conference crowns.

Lloyd Carr set a higher standard as a coach and mentor, said Warde Manuel, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. He was an excellent leader and a good example for his players and staff. Lloyd was a teacher just as much as he was a football coach, always seeking to create a positive effect on the lives of his players. It is a well-deserved recognition for several that Lloyd has accomplished and contributed to the University. We have been so pleased to honor his impact and legacy at the University of Michigan in this manner.

Lloyd Carr was among the great coaches and leaders in college football, said Jim Harbaugh, the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach. We have been forever proud he was our coach, ally and trusted friend. He was loyal to the University of Michigan and was focused on the development of his players as teenagers, citizens and football players. Lloyd personally helped me turn into a better player within my time at Michigan, expanding my knowledge by teaching me defensive coverages and tendencies when I was injured in 1984. That experience helped me throughout my playing career and shows his dedication to each player and the teams overall success. It’ll be an honor to leave the locker room through the Lloyd Carr Tunnel on our solution to the field every home game.

Carr attained the University of Michigan being an assistant football coach, serving 15 years under Bo Schembechler (1980-89) and Gary Moeller (1990-94) before becoming the Wolverines head coach.

His 120 victories trail only Fielding H. Yost (165-29-10) and his mentor, Bo Schembechler (194-48-5), at Michigan. Carr was a lot more impressive in Big Ten play, compiling an 81-23 mark. He became the eighth coach in Big Ten history and third in Michigan history, joining Yost and Schembechler, to claim five or even more Big Ten titles (1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004). Carrs teams finished in the very best three of the conference standings for 11 straight seasons before his retirement in 2007.

Carr guided the institution to a bowl game in all of his 13 seasons, with 11 of these appearances coming on New Years Day. He became the initial Wolverine coach to win four straight bowl games, doing this with victories in the 2001 Citrus Bowl, 2000 Orange Bowl, 1999 Citrus Bowl and 1998 Rose Bowl games. Michigan was ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for several but 14 of Carrs 162 career games, including 65 appearances in the very best 10.

Along with his focus on the football field, Carrs legacy of excellence continued through his involvement with the University, community and coaching fraternity. He and his late wife Laurie championed many fundraising initiatives including serving because the co-chairs of the campaign to create a fresh C.S. Mott Childrens Hospital and Von Voigtlander Womens Hospital in nov 2011. In addition they endowed a scholarship awarded annually to a lady student-athlete at U-M. Carr initiated the Womens Football Academy and U-M Mens Fantasy Football Experience which donated all proceeds to the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. He also served on the NCAA Rules Committee and was an associate of the American Football Coaches Association Board of Trustees.

Carr was inducted in mich Sports Hall of Fame and the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

Carr becomes the fourth Michigan head football coach that won a national championship to get a building or section of a facility named after them on the Ross Athletic Campus: Oosterbaan Field House (Bennie Oosterbaan), Crisler Center (Herbert Fritz Crisler) and Yost Ice Arena (Fielding Yost). Furthermore, Bo Schembechler, the winningest coach in school history, has his name affixed to Schembechler Hall, the performance and training facility for the Michigan Football program.

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