Only seven months after he joined, Lloyd Carr will step down from his position on the College Football Playoff selection committee.
Carr, the longtime Michigan head coach, cited health issues as the reason.
“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. “I regret that health issues will prevent me from executing the responsibilities expected of a committee member.”
The 71-year-old Carr, who was an assistant at Michigan from 1980-1994 and the Wolverines’ head coach from 1995-2007, was added to the committee in January alongside three other new members — former Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower, former Central Michigan coach Herb Deromedi and Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens.
“Lloyd will be missed,” CFP executive director Bill Hancock said. “He knows and loves college football, but we all understand.”
According to The Detroit News, Carr is “considering a surgery for a non-life threatening issue that could require an extended recovery period.”
With Carr opting to step down, the committee will have 12 members this season with its first rankings coming Nov. 1. The committee will release four additional rankings before the final College Football Playoff rankings are set on Dec. 4.
The original committee had 13 members, but operated last season with 12 when former USC AD Pat Haden stepped away, also for health reasons. It did the same in 2015 when Archie Manning took a leave of absence.
Earlier this year, Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt was named chairman of the selection committee, replacing Arkansas AD Jeff Long.
In addition to Hocutt, Long, Bower, Deromedi and Mullens, Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez, former NCAA executive vice president Tom Jernstedt, former Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson, Clemson AD Dan Radakovich, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former USA Today sports reporter Steve Wieberg and former Washington, Notre Dame and Stanford head coach Tyrone Willingham make up the members of the selection committee.
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