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Carr mulling surgery, steps down from CFP committee

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Former Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr was to begin his first year on the CFP selection committee this fall.

Former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr is considering surgery for a non-life threatening issue that could require an extended recovery period and has opted to retire his position on the the College Football Playoff selection committee.

The announcement was made in a release Friday by Bill Hancock, executive director of the CFP.

“This is a difficult decision because I have enjoyed my preparations and I have the greatest respect for the other committee members and the playoff itself,” Carr said in a release Friday. “I regret that health issues will prevent me from executing the responsibilities expected of a committee member.”

Carr was to begin his first year on the CFP selection committee this fall.

Dave Ablauf, Michigan associate athletic director, who spoke to Carr on Friday and said Carr considered the multiple post-surgery options and did not believe he would be able to fulfill the time demands of the CFP.

"He didn't want anything to take away from his commitment to the College Football Committee and thought it best to resign his position," Ablauf said.

The committee will now have 12 members this season.

“Lloyd will be missed,” Hancock said. “He knows and loves college football, but we all understand.”