The Michigan Wolverines have always been known for football at the University of Michigan. This past Thursday, one former head coach received a big award for a great career on the sidelines.
Former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr was in Ann Arbor for 13 years from 1995-2007. He accomplished many goals as well as won lots of games with the Michigan Wolverines.
Lloyd Carr’s Record With The Michigan Wolverines
Carr went 122-40 during his tenure at Michigan. Winning five BIG titles in 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2004. The biggest prize of them all was beating Washington State in the National Championship in 1997.
The former head coach retired in 2007 after beating the Florida Gators in the Capitol One Bowl under Urban Meyer. He also coached one of the Michigan Wolverines Heisman trophy winners, Charles Woodson, as well as the all-time leading rusher in Michigan history, Mike Hart.
Bear Bryant Award
The Bear Bryant Award recognizes excellence in coaching and fund raising for the American Heart Association. Lloyd Carr has now been retired for 16 years. Though he still has ties with the University of Michigan and its football program, he is very deserving of the award for all of his accomplishments.
Carr will go down as one of the greatest college football coaches in the history of Michigan Football. After his retirement, the Michigan Wolverines had a span of down years under two different head coaches. This set the program back several years from 2008-2014. Now the Wolverines are finally getting back to national prominence and notice around the country.
Jim Harbaugh and The Michigan Wolverines
Jim Harbaugh started coaching the Michigan Wolverines back in 2015. The first few years was about rebuilding, but he finally has been able to get the program going in the right direction within the last two years, not including the current 2023 season.
Harbaugh has four 10-win seasons along with a 12-2 record in 2021, and a 13-1 winning season last year. The Michigan Wolverines have been atop of the BIG conference in back-to-back seasons (2021, 2022) looking to chase a third straight conference title in 2023.
Though they have not had much bowl game success, the Michigan Wolverines have beaten their biggest rival in the Ohio State Buckeyes two years in a row. This was the knock on the current head coach as his record before 2021 was 0-6 against the Scarlet and Gray.
Now, that they have a winning formula for success, it seems as though they have a chance to soon win a national championship. This comes with quarterback, JJ McCarthy, running backs Blake Corum, and Donovan Edwards, along with wide receivers Roman Wilson, Cornelious Johnson and Colston Loveland.
Lloyd Carr paved the way for the Michigan Wolverines during his coaching career and is a sure role model for future and past Michigan players/coaches who have come through Ann Arbor. The award is definitely worth giving to a Michigan Man.
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