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Former West Virginia University head coach Jim Carlen, who was known as much for his fine character as for his ability to coach a football team, has been nominated for the second straight year to be on the ballot for election to the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame.
Carlen’s first head coaching job was at West Virginia from 1966 to 1969 before moving to Texas Tech in 1970 and then South Carolina in 1975.
He led teams to eight bowl games in 16 years in an era when playing in a bowl game had meaning and compiled 13 winning seasons. In 1973 he was named National Coach of the Year and he was a three-time Southwest Conference Coach of the Year.
At South Carolina, he coached running back George Rogers to the Heisman Trophy.
While at WVU Carlen compiled a 25-13-3 record, including an 13-10 victory over South Carolina in the Peach Bowl to cap a 9-1 season.