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Stadium and Main: Thank you, Lloyd

Monday, November 19, 2007

Thank you, Lloyd

I’m no good when it comes to nostalgia, but I definitely want to thank Lloyd Carr for everything that he’s done for Michigan Football. His successes both on and off the field have been, as he would say, tremendous. Not perfect, of course, but nothing to be ashamed of – not by a long shot. There were disappointments and frustrations along the way, but those are overshadowed by a lot of great memories and big victories. And beyond that, Lloyd ran what is generally considered to be a very clean program (especially by “big time football” standards). He might have been short with the media at times, but after seeing how some of those folks refused to give credit to Brian last week after reporting on the story that he broke (“internet reports” … idiots), I say good for him. Lloyd loved his players and he loves Michigan. That’s why I will always respect and admire him.

He wasn’t the best game strategist in the world, but he put up some quality results. If you would have told me that Carr would close out his career with 9 straight wins over PSU and 6 (or, 8) straight wins over MSU, I would have taken that in a heartbeat. On the other hand, if you would have told me that he would struggle with some weaker Notre Dame teams and finish with 6 losses in 7 years against OSU, I might have said “no, thanks.” But overall, it was a good run. Lloyd’s most ardent supporters often point to 1997, 1999, and 2006, but I think there was a nice “peak” to Lloyd’s career, and it only started with 1997. The seven year run that Carr had from 1997 to 2003 was a good one. Very good:
69-18 overall record: 79% winning percentage

46-10 Big Ten record: 82% winning percentage

1 National Title

4 Big Ten Titles

5-2 in bowl games: All New Year’s Day bowls, or better. The 2 losses came to #1 USC and #8 Tennessee (which was arguably a Top 3 or 4 team that season)

5 ten win seasons

4-3 vs. Ohio State: Including 2 wins when OSU was ranked #4

6-0 vs. Penn State: Including the “Judgment Day” domination

6-0 vs. Wisconsin: Including 2 wins in years when Wisconsin went to (and won) the Rose Bowl

5-2 vs. Michigan State: Or 6-1, if you take away Clockgate

3-2 vs. Notre Dame: Including the first beatdown (38-0 in 2003)
If our next coach can duplicate those results, I’ll be a happy dude. So thank you, Lloyd. Thank you for 1997, for keeping Michigan a top program, for your integrity, and for knowing that it was time to retire. Thank you, and Go Blue!

3 Comments:

Blogger Jered said...

I don't want to spoil your great thoughts and comments regarding Lloyd. I've always loved Lloyd, especially after the Moeller years. We were both wide-eyed freshman in 1997 when we had that amazing season. But just the same, it's time to start talking about the next leader of the program. Is it Miles? Seems like most pundits feel it's a done deal. Any more arm squeezes?

8:25 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Unless something bad and unexpected happens... yes, I really think it's Miles.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Bill Biggens said...

Michigan Blogger,

You are already aware that Michigan vs. Ohio State is the best college football rivalry.

The site I put together, http://www.greatestrivals.com/nl_splash.cfm?rivalry=michiganohiostate, started just before November 18, 2006. On the eve of that epic game, Bo Schembechler passed and set fans into a heightened emotional state. The site was launched for fans of this rivalry and I want to have you be a part of it.

Since then the site has grown and now includes news, pictures, videos, and blogs. Members now receive points for their contributions to measure their devotion. Hilarious and intense photos are uploaded by members and those with a .jpg extension will be included in the picture widget that site developers and bloggers place on their sites. There is also a news widget that displays up to date headlines on rival teams. Members can suggest you tube feeds that will be included if approved.

I wanted to send you this note to let you know about all the improvements. I was also really hoping you'd link to the site. I love this blog and am trying to get UM fans exposed to the site. Can you help out?

Who will win the battle this year? OSU could not handle the Illinois spread offense last year; will they be able to handle Michigan? Discuss it on the site!

Thanks,
http://www.greatestrivals.com/members/index.cfm

12:35 PM  

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