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Lloyd Carr steps down from CFP selection committee, cites health

Former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, easily one of the most recognizable names on the College Football Playoff selection committee, is stepping down from his role with the CFP for health reasons, according to executive director Bill Hancock.

The CFP will not replace Carr and will have 12 members like it has the previous two seasons.

"As a former head coach, he would've brought excellent insight to the committee but we will be just fine," Hancock told ESPN. "We've dealt with this before. There are 12 strong and dedicated people on the committee -- the same number we had last year. They are eager for the season to start and eager to get to work."

Carr, along with Jeff Bower, Herb Deromedi and Rob Mullens were the new committee members.

"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 prepared statement. "I regret that health issues will prevent me from executing the responsibilities expected of a committee member."

Hancock said CFP officials have discussed the idea of having alternates before but have decided against it.

Carr is the third committee member to step down for health reasons.

Former USC athletic director Pat Haden stepped down from the selection committee in October, also citing health reasons, and Archie Manning was supposed to be on the inaugural committee, but also stepped down for health reasons before his tenure began in 2014.

Carr would have been one of six former head coaches on the committee along with Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, Deromedi, Tyrone Willingham, Bower and former Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson.

"We all know that life situations arise," Hancock said. "Many of those are out of the individuals' control. In this case it was a personal decision that Lloyd made and we respect that decision. Being a member of this committee does require a significant amount of travel. Lloyd is right to do what's best for his health and his family."