Thursday Quick Hits: Carr Not a Candidate to Replace Martin

By · Thursday, October 22, 2009 · 4:00 PM |  Share | 3 Comments 
  • When thinking about potential candidates to replace Bill Martin, one name that many people immediately thought of was Lloyd Carr.  I’m not a fan of the idea of Carr becoming AD, but that is a non-issue, because Carr doesn’t have any interest in the job.

    “I am not a candidate,” Carr said.

    Brian of mgoblog put together the best list of potential candidates I’ve seen so far.  Based on his research, it seems like Oregon State’s Bob De Carolis is the most qualified person for the job.

  • Jonathan Chait gave his take on what the most important quality should be in Michigan’s new AD, and he said that keeping Rich Rodriguez happy is really the only important one.  His point is that whomever is hired to be the new AD, that person must be all in for Rodriguez.  I can’t disagree with that, because the last thing Michigan needs is an athletic director who is not 100% behind Rodriguez.
  • has a timeline breaking down Bill Martin’s tenure at Michigan.
  • David Molk is going to return to the starting lineup on Saturday.
  • Saturday’s game is designated as a Maize Out, but considering there is a chance of rain and temperatures are supposed to be in the 40s, I doubt it will be a very successful one.
  • This week’s BlogPoll is out, and I was Mr. Numb Existence.  I also finished 5th in the Mr. Manic-Depressive category, which measures how much your poll changes from week to week.
  • All Michigan fans have to be enjoying what has been transpiring in Columbus in the past week.  Not only did Ohio State lose to Purdue, but ever since then quite a few people have been criticizing Terrelle Pryor, who has been struggling in OSU’s offense.  One person who has come to Pryor’s defense is his high school coach, who basically said the problem is Jim Tressel and the offense the Buckeyes are running.  Even better, Pryor’s coach went on to say this:

    “There is no question that Rich Rodriguez’s offense, for example, would be more apt to suit Terrelle’s skills,” Reitz said. “But Ohio State sold him on the idea that they would prepare him for the NFL and that they don’t run ‘zone-read’ in the NFL. Jim Tressel is a great coach. But I can tell you there is more to Terrelle Pryor than what we’ve been seeing.”

    Rich Rodriguez should show that quote to every mobile quarterback that is ever recruited by both Michigan and Ohio State (assuming Jim Tressel is still there).  I remember that one of the reasons Pryor originally picked OSU was because he thought Tressel’s offense would better prepare him for the NFL, but if he can’t even use all of his athleticism in the Buckeyes’ offense, what’s the point?  I’ve heard so much about how Tressel adapts his offense to his quarterback, but I certainly haven’t seen that with Pryor.

  • The Grady brothers were interviewed by the Big Ten Network.
  • There will be an open basketball practice at Crisler Arena from noon to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.  If you want to kill some time before the football game, this would be a good way to do it.
  • The SEC has suspended the officials who worked last week’s Florida-Arkansas game.  It’s good to see that the conference actually did something, because the officials made a couple of awful calls that benefited Florida.


  1. Charlie says:

    I don’t see how Michigan fans relish in Reitz’s quote. Sure Pryor would have been a better fit in Rich Rod’s offense, but what he really wants is to develop into an actual NFL quarterback. In other words, Rich Rod’s QBs have little to no shot at the same position in the pros. What’s Pat White doing nowadays anyways? Pryor went to Ohio State specifically so he can be molded into so much more than a zone read option QB. I’m not saying Reitz is wrong, but I don’t see how Michigan fans are so happy about the fact that their QBs are basically RBs at the next level. Any high school dual-threat QB who wants to even sniff that position in the pros should stay away from Rich Rod.

    • Set us straight Charlie says:

      I guess you’re right, especially when you consider all of the QBs that Tressel has sent to the pros and now they are All Pro bowlers. Apparently they are all doing better than Pat White who was only drafted in the second round by Miami. Pryor had every reason to believe that he would be developed into an All Pro QB like ALL of the other QBs of Tressel. It was because of that excellent preparation that Pryor was selected to be the dominant QB in the Big Ten this year and he is living up to the hype.

      You have also failed mention how Troy Smith because of his fine preparation dominated the Florida defense during the NCAA champtionship game a few years ago, along with Todd Beockman’s domination of was it USC? Yes sir, Charlie, no one can over estimate the fine coaching and preparation that Pryor is receiving under Tressel, and no one can understand how these Michigan fans can even question Tressell’s preparation of his QB’s. So I guess you’re right, if you want a sure path to the NFL as a QB, the OSU is the way to go.

  2. true blue says:

    Am I the only one who believes that Lloyd Carr destroyed Michigan football? Its time to clean house…the entire Athletic Department needs to be blown up. And take RichRod with you.

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