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Former WVU HC Jim Carlen on College Football HOF Ballot

Carlen led the Mountaineers to three winning seasons in his four years at the helm.

West Virginia & Regional History Center

The National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame announced the 75 finalists for the 2018 induction class.

Among the finalists is former West Virginia head coach Jim Carlen.

Carlen coached the Mountaineers for four seasons between 1966 and 1969. He amassed a record of 25-13-1 in Morgantown including a Southern Conference title (1967) and a Peach Bowl win (1969).

After the 1969 Peach Bowl, Carlen took the job at Texas Tech, leading the Red Raiders to four bowl games in five seasons. He earned Southwest Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1970 and 1973.

Carlen finished his career with seven seasons as the head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks from 1975-81. He did not have the same kind of success in Columbia as he did in Morgantown or Lubbock, as USC could not win more than eight games during his tenure.

In July 2012, Carlen passed away in near his home in Hilton Head Island. He was honored along with Bill Stewart prior to WVU’s home opener that season against Marshall.

The 2018 College Football Hall of Fame induction class will be announced on January 8, prior to the College Football Playoff Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.