Rick Leach has been the most vocal supporter of Rich Rodriguez over the last two years, and I greatly appreciate that. Leach called into WTKA yesterday to again defend Rodriguez, this time because of the GPA thing that came out earlier this week. Leach spent his time on the air talking about how Rodriguez did nothing wrong and he basically called out the Free Press for trying to turn a positive into a negative. He mentioned how he can’t even get his own son’s academic records from U-M, so he doesn’t understand why the Free Press was trying to get its hands on the entire team’s records over what was a simple misunderstanding. He went on to discuss how it seems like information is being leaked out to the Free Press from people on the inside in order to hurt Rodriguez, which led him to his next topic: calling out Lloyd Carr.
Leach abruptly changed his focus from the Free Press to Carr by saying that if Michael Rosenberg wants to investigate something, he ought to look into what private box Lloyd Carr was sitting in at the Iowa game last Saturday. The accusation was that Carr was sitting in a box with Iowa people, and that “our ex-coach flipped a huge middle finger right in our current coach’s face.” According to Craig Ross, Carr went to the Iowa game as a fan, and obviously he has connections to former Michigan and current Iowa receivers coach Erik Campbell. Unless he was rooting for Iowa, which I highly doubt, this is completely irrelevant as far as I’m concerned.
I think the main point Leach was trying to get across is that Lloyd Carr is not supporting Rodriguez. Further, Leach basically insinuated that Carr is one of the people responsible for leaking information to the Free Press. I think that is an absolutely ridiculous claim to make, because Carr wouldn’t just be hurting Michigan in general, but he would be hurting players he recruited. I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if there is someone or some group of people with connections to the athletic department or the school leaking out information to the Free Press, but I highly doubt it’s Lloyd Carr.
As far as the issue of Carr supporting Rodriguez goes, has he been very quiet during quite a bit of turmoil? Sure. But I don’t see how it’s suddenly his responsibility to say anything about Rodriguez or any of the Free Press’ allegations or whatever. Carr has tried to distance himself from the program as much as possible since Rodriguez took over, which I’m sure Rodriguez appreciates. What’s more, anything Carr says about Rodriguez would probably be over-analyzed and spun into something negative, making it pointless for him to say anything. It’s not like Carr was a big fan of the media when he was a coach, so he is not going to go out of his way to get involved in this situation now.
People calling Lloyd Carr out for staying silent are just completely off base. I will concede that he has not been vocally supportive of Rodriguez, but he doesn’t have to say anything. Carr probably just wants to enjoy retirement and stay out of Rodriguez’s business, and even if he came out and said something supportive of him, it would just drag him into this situation. I think the people on Carr’s case need to back off and realize that he is a Michigan man. To claim that he is leaking information to the Free Press and is trying to bring down Rodriguez is just utterly stupid. What’s more, regardless of what he thinks about Rodriguez, does anyone honestly believe he is rooting against a team that still has his players on it? Seriously, wake up, people.