The refs really screwed UM out of this one.
The officiating was some of the worst I've seen in years. That said, there was no excuse for Michigan to blow an eleven-point lead and, once again, fail to close the coffin lid on what should have been a relatively easy match once we achieved that lead.
Ben, I've been willing to cut Carr a lot of slack, but after last night I'm thinking of jumping on the "dump Lloyd" bandwagon. I went to bed when UM was up 28-17 and figured we had the game won -- big mistake, considering we'd blown 5 games this year after leading in the 4th quarter. That said, I'm not sure you can outright fire Carr at this point - the guy *did* win the school's first national title in half a century, after all. There must be some classy way to bump him out...
Lloyd Carr has a lot in his favor. As his umich bio page accurately points out, "Lloyd Carr has led the University of Michigan to a bowl game in every season at the helm, and claimed the Big Ten title five of the past seven seasons (1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004). He became the first Wolverine coach to win four straight bowl games, beating Auburn 31-28 on New Year's Day at the 2001 Florida Citrus Bowl, after leading U-M to victories in the 1998 Rose, 1999 Citrus, 2000 Orange and 2003 Outback Bowls."
That said, there haven't been any championships since 1997. And even that one I don't credit to Carr as much as I credit Charles Woodson. Frankly, after seeing so many 4th quarter losses this year, I have about had it.
I think it would be perfectly classy if Coach Carr was bought out of his contract. It'd be a win-win for all concerned!
At the rate we're going, Coach Carr will next lead us to victory in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
sweet christ on a hammock, what the hell was that? i'm stumped. i'll give you a call from pittburgh as I cheer my beloved Lions on to a sure fire humiliating defeat. that will be all. happy new year.