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Former Texas Tech Head Coach Jim Carlen Nominated for Hall of Fame Induction

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Jim Carlen has been nominated for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

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Former Texas Tech Head Coach Jim Carlen has been nominated for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. There are a total a 92 players and 27 coaches nominated for induction into the 2016 class.

Jim Carlen compiled a 37-20-2 record in 5 seasons at Texas Tech. He led Tech to arguably their best ever season in 1973. The Red Raiders finished the season with an 11-1 record and a #11 ranking, beating Tennessee in the Gator Bowl by a score of 28-19. Carlen was named National Coach of the Year that season. Their only loss that season was to the eventual conference champion Texas. Carlen was named Southwest Conference Coach of the Year three times.  He led Tech to four winning seasons in his five seasons as head coach.

Year / Record

1970 - 8-4

1971 - 4-7

1972 - 8-4

1973 - 11-1

1974 - 6-4-2

Jim Carlen was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Fame in 2008.

Prior to arriving at Tech, Carlen compiled a 25-13-3 record at four seasons with West Virginia from 1966 to 1969. He left Tech after the 1974 season for South Carolina where he compiled a 45-36-1 in 7 seasons.  All told, he was 107-69-6 over his 16 years of head coaching. He had 11 winning seasons and led his teams to 8 bowl games.

The 2016 Class will be announced Friday, January 8th, 2016 prior to the National Championship game on January 11th. Here's to hoping he gets inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Wreck ‘Em!