It is depressing to be a fan of the University of Michigan. Especially when you live in Ohio. My parents met in Ann Arbor as college students. They married a few weekends after graduation. My grandfather and grandmother received graduate degrees from the University of Michigan. I grew up wearing Wolverine jerseys and dreaming of being part of the Big Blue. So, please excuse me if I'm a little depressed this weekend.
It wasn't the fault of the players. The quarterback had decent statistics. The Heisman candidate running back ran for almost 200 yards and three touchdowns while missing almost two quarters with injuries.
It was the fault of the coach ... Lloyd Carr. I imagine that the happiest man in America is Jack Crowe. He was fired the day after his Arkansas team lost to 1-AA The Citadel in 1992. Carr will not get fired after this upset, but he might be wishing he had retired after last season when the Wolverines won 11 games before closing with losses to Ohio State and USC. Michigan has lost the past four years in a row at bowl games. They are the butt of jokes now.
A: Put them in a big Bowl and beat for 3 hours.
When the football game was over yesterday, Carr didn't second-guess decisions to go for 2-point conversions twice in the final 15-plus minutes, but did lament many mistakes, penalties and missed opportunities.
"We were not a well-prepared football team," Carr said. "That is my job, and I take full responsibility."
Full responsibility means that you should leave ... quit ... get fired! Doesn't it? Carr was the coach in 1997 when Michigan won the national championship. That was the last time that he did anything right. It's been 10 years of frustration for Wolverine fans since that time. Methinks it is time for Lloyd Carr to fade away. Just go. Leave. Be gone. Anything so that we can get a viable leader/coach in place.
My 7-year old son was born here in Ohio. His favorite college team is the Ohio State University. Lloyd Carr has messed up my child's mind. That is yet another reason he should be fired!
By the way villagers ... Appalachian State is located in Boone, North Carolina. Who knew?