Lloyd Carr

Lloyd Carr one of eight named to NCAA’s Committee on Infractions


When (if?) Miami and Oregon appears before the NCAA at some point this year, there’ll be some new faces on the committee charged with hearing their response to allegations of improprieties in their respective football programs.

While most of the attention on this past weekend’s NCAA Board of Directors meeting was focused on new — and relaxed — recruiting rules, eight individuals were also added to the Committee on Infractions.  Included in that group is former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr.

Carr spent the last 28 years of his collegiate coaching career with the Wolverines, the last 13 as head coach.  He left following the 2007 season as the third-winningest coach in school history, his 122 wins trailing only Bo Schembechler (194) and Fielding Yost (165).

From 2000 through 2005, Carr, a 2011 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, served on the NCAA Football Rules Committee.  In the midst of the Jim Tressel/Ohio State scandal in May of 2011, Carr took the NCAA’s enforcement arm to task.

“I know it’s a difficult time because the issues are serious, but it’ll be up to the NCAA to find out what did and did not happen,” Carr was quoted as saying. “And they need to do a better job in my judgment.

“If you’re going to have a system that the public, the fans, respect and buy into, you better have a way of making sure those people who are violating the rules don’t prosper. You’ve got to invest the money to have investigators and whatever else you need.”

Also appointed to the committee, which will now consist of 18 members, was outgoing Georgia president Michael Adams.

Below are the other new members of the infractions committee:

Norman Bay, director of enforcement, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) (and former University of New Mexico law faculty).

Carol Cartwright, former president of Bowling Green and Kent State.

Bobby Cremins, former Georgia Tech men’s basketball head coach.

Thomas Hill, senior vice president of student affairs at Iowa State.

Joel Maturi, former Minnesota athletic director.

Sanker Suryanarayan, university counsel, Princeton University.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.