Former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr has spent the years since his retirement following the 2007 season trying to be “just a fan” of college football.
Beginning this spring, he will again play a major role in the sport.
Carr, a College Football Hall of Fame member after a 13-year career as Michigan’s head coach, winning a national title in 1997, is one of four new members to the College Football Playoff committee, it was announced Thursday. They will serve three-year terms beginning this spring.
Along with Carr, the new members appointed by the CFP management committee are, longtime Central Michigan coach Herb Deromedi, former Southern Mississippi coach Jeff Bauer and Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens. They replace Mike Gould, Pat Haden, Tom Osborne and Mike Tranghese, whose two-year terms – the first two years of the CFP – have expired.
“It’s an honor and I’m really honored and I look forward to it because it’s a way of serving the game and meeting and being with a lot of really great people,” Carr, 70, told The Detroit News on Thursday. “I’m excited about being on this committee with a lot really, really great people and being a positive team member. I’ve heard enough about it, I’ve read enough about it. I’m sure it will be well organized, and I’ve been told it’s a lot of work.
“I think the main thing is I’m really honored.”
The group produces seven polls during the season and selects the four teams that will participate in the national championship playoff.
“It should be a lot of work, but thank goodness with the technology today, you can watch games, you can watch teams without commercials,” Carr said. “I’ve tried to be just a fan, and this requires a commitment, a real commitment and I know that going in so hopefully I can do a good job.
“These last two years, that committee has chosen the last two final fours and have done a great job. There’s high expectations.”
Of course there’s a potential on the committee for members to be biased toward programs for which they coached or work. Carr was asked about having potential bias toward Michigan if the program is in national playoff consideration.
“That’s a great question, and I don’t have an answer,” he said. “I’m sure that will be explained as we go forward.”
Carr mentioned Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez’s involvement in the committee. In fact, according to the CFP website, a member that has any ties to a team that’s involved in the selection process or is being ranked as one of the four playoff teams, will be recused and not involved in any of the votes.
Carr was a Michigan assistant coach from 1980-94 and the Wolverines’ head coach from 1995-2007. He was 122-40 overall (81-23 Big Ten) as head coach of the Wolverines and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
Deromedi was CMU’s head coach from 1978-93, compiling a record of 110-55-10, including three conference titles. He then was CMU’s athletic director for 12 years. He is a member of the CMU Athletic Hall of Fame, the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and the MAC Hall of Fame.
"I'm humbled to have this opportunity," Deromedi said. "Being part of that selection process to determine the national champion is very meaningful."