Carr Moody, But For Good Reason

By Adam Caparell - December 04, 2006

To say Lloyd Carr was perturbed Sunday night would be putting it lightly. Relegated to the Rose Bowl after Florida jumped his Michigan team in the final BCS standings, Carr was as ornery as ever with the media. Peppered with questions about the fallout of Sunday’s BCS rankings, Carr was brief with his answers and refused to say how he really felt.

“I don’t know exactly what the voters were thinking,” Carr said. “I don’t think there’s any way there would have been a change in the votes (had USC won Saturday).”

There will be now BCS Championship Game rematch for Carr and the Wolverines who learned they'll face the Trojans for the eighth time in the Rose Bowl. USC has a 5-2 edge all-time against Michigan in the game.

“The Rose Bowl is not a consolation,” Carr said. “The Rose Bowl is the greatest of college traditions. We’re excited to be there.”

But you certainly couldn’t hear it in his voice. His time speaking with the media Sunday was mostly spent railing on the BCS.

“I don’t think there’s any question there’s flaws in the system,” Carr said. “The system, as I understand it, was designed to put the two best teams in the national championship game.”

Carr wouldn’t take the bait when asked whether he thought he deserved to play Ohio State again. He wouldn’t touch the questions about Tressel’s abstention vote.

And he wouldn’t budge when asked whether he thought Urban Meyer had unnecessarily lobbied to get the Gators into the championship game.

“I think that’s for other people to judge,” Carr said. “I really don’t want to comment on that one.”

Translation to it all: Michigan should be playing Ohio State again, Tressel has some nerve not voting when I cast my ballot and Urban Meyer is a (insert expletive).

Carr’s been one of the biggest proponents of instituting a playoff. Now, more than ever, he wants to see a change after getting burned by the BCS.

“We need to have a system where all the answers can be decided on the field. To me, that’s where we need to develop a way for the players to decide the issues on the field and away from anything that is not decided by the players. They play the game. We should be making all the decisions based on them."

The last time the Michigan and USC met in the Rose Bowl three years ago when USC was a 28-14 winner. The ironic part is that was the same year the Trojans were bypassed for the BCS title game but were named AP national champions.

Schiano Staying

Rutgers lost out on a possible BCS bowl game over the weekend, but they were big winners Monday.

That’s because Greg Schiano decided the place for him to coach is Piscataway, N.J. and Rutgers can breathe a sigh of relief.

Schiano has decided not to go anywhere – for now – as he looks to continue building the Scarlet Knights into a legitimate Big East contender year in and year out, something Rutgers has never been since it joined the conference.

It was great to see Schiano show some loyalty to the school that showed him a ton when things weren’t going so well. Schiano got off to a rough start – to say the least – when he arrived at the State Unversity of New Jersey, but still got a contract extension just a few years, and wins, in.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 06:41 PM on December 04, 2006

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