On Thursday, the Michigan Board of Regents approved the athletic department’s request to name the tunnel at Michigan Stadium after former head coach Lloyd Carr.
The school will officially open the tunnel in Carr’s honor in a ceremony before Oct. 15. 15 game against Penn State.
Carr is the third most earning manager in UM football history, after Fielding Yost and Bo Schembechler. During Carr’s 13 seasons as head coach, the Wolverines won 122-40 and captured the 1997 national championship. Carr also won five Big Ten titles and had six 10-win seasons.
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“Lloyd Carr sets high standards as a coach and mentor,” Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said in a released statement. “He was a great leader and an example to his players and staff. Lloyd was a teacher as much as a football coach, always looking to make a positive impact on the lives of his players. This is a well-deserved recognition for all that Lloyd has accomplished and contributed to this university.We are so pleased to honor his impact and legacy at the University of Michigan in this way.
At Thursday’s board meeting, Carr called the tunnel “sacred ground.” Not only is it the only entrance to the pitch, from which UM players run to touch the “Go Blue” banner before each game, but students exit the tunnel on the pitch for graduation ceremonies at the stadium. .
Carr’s coaching career began after earning a master’s degree from Northern Michigan and he served as an assistant coach at Detroit Nativity High School in 1968. He worked in Belleville and Westland Glenn in the 1970s before being hired as an assistant at Michigan East in 1976. Carr joined Gary Moeller’s staff at Illinois in 1978, then spent a summer in West Virginia before being hired by Schembechler as Michigan defensive backs coach in 1980. He was UM’s defensive coordinator from 1987 to 1994 and was promoted to head coach after Moeller resigned. .
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“Lloyd Carr was one of the great coaches and leaders in college football,” current UM head coach Jim Harbaugh said. “We are always proud that he was our coach, ally and trusted friend. He was loyal to the University of Michigan and was committed to the development of its players as young men, citizens and football players. Lloyd personally helped me become a better player during my time at Michigan, expanding my knowledge by teaching me defensive coverage and tendencies when I was injured in 1984. This experience helped me throughout my career and shows dedication to every player and the whole team. Success. It will be an honor to leave the locker room through the Lloyd Carr Tunnel before heading onto the pitch for every home game.”
Carr, 77, was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, National Football Foundation Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
Free Press reporter David Jesse contributed to this report.