On Monday a debate broke out on Twitter regarding former Michigan Wolverines head coach Lloyd Carr, who was reported by The Detroit News to be elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. Some folks probably have a short memory on Carr’s career, with the losing streak and futile efforts to defeat Ohio State left a stain on what I consider to be a fine coaching career. But is he worthy of being inducted along side the likes of Bobby Bowden, Joe Paterno, Bear Bryant, Vince Dooley, Rip Engle, Hayden Fry, Tom Osborne and more?
One look at the list of coaches who are in the College Football Hall of Fame and it should be easy to make an argument for why Carr should be inducted. A career record of 122-40, including six bowl victories and one national championship, and five Big Ten titles is more than enough evidence for me to call Carr a Hall of Fame coach. Carr’s downfall was his inability to beat Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel. Carr was 1-6 against his Ohio State counterpart, who took the Buckeyes to the top of the Big Ten in short time. Of course now the question is if Tressel has performed at a high level in a clean fashion.
Obviously, at this point, we know that Tressel is not as clean and polished as we had been led to believe and his future may still be in question in Columbus. With an NCAA hearing set for August we will find out if the NCAA tacks on any games to the Vest’s five-game suspension at the start of the 2011 football season. People keep asking me if Tressel will even be the coach this season and the more that comes out about Ohio State players allegedly breaking NCAA rules the more I think there is a real possibility that something could be changed, but if Ohio State has gone this far without firing their head coach I tend to think he’ll survive somehow.
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