Former West Virginia football coach Jim Carlen is one of seven former coaches on the 2022 College Hall of Fame Ballot.
Carlen was the head coach of the Mountaineers from 1966-1969. Playing in the Southern Conference his first two years, West Virginia went 8-9-3 overall, but was 6-0-1 in conference play, winning the Southern Conference championship in 1967. The Mountaineers went independent in 1968, going 7-3 that season and 10-1 in 1969, Carlen’s final season. That 1969 season also included a Peach Bowl victory over South Carolina. Overall, WVU went 25-13-3 under Carlen.
Carlen would go on to coach Texas Tech (1970-74) and South Carolina (1975-81), amassing a 107-69-6 overall coaching record. Carlen was inducted into the Texas Tech Athletics Hall of Honor in 2008 and passed away in 2012 at the age of 79.
There are 12 former Mountaineers currently enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, including quarterback legend Major Harris, Pro Football Hall of Famer Sam Huff and coaches Bobby Bowden and Don Nehlen.
Current WVU coach Neal Brown’s former mentor, Larry Blakeney, is also on the ballot. Brown replaced Blakeney as the head coach at Troy in 2014, where Blackenley had coached since 1991.
Former WVU defensive back Aaron Beasley is also on the 2022 ballot.