Class Dismissed: Why Rich Rodriguez Is No Lloyd Carr

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Class Dismissed: Why Rich Rodriguez Is No Lloyd Carr
Lloyd Carr's 13-year tenure as head coach of the Michigan Wolverines ended bittersweetly on Tuesday, as his Maize and Blue warriors outlasted the Florida Gators 41-35 in the Capital One Bowl.

Carr was carried from the field by his seniors, who were savoring their first and only bowl victory. Carr will officially hand the reins to Rich Rodriguez on Wednesday, after weeks of controversy surrounding Rodriguez's sudden departure from West Virginia.

We perhaps didn't realize until today what we had in Lloyd Carr. He's a true gentleman and a class act. He possesses what many carpetbagging college coaches these days do not: loyalty, respect, and decency.

Carr ran a clean program, and won five Big 10 titles and a national championship. His departure stemmed from recent failures against Ohio State, and his belief that the school would be better served by making a change.

In any event, Rodriguez has some big shoes to fill. He may end up being a better football coach than Carr, but he'll never be the stand-up guy that Carr was and is.

You see, Coach Rod is one of those carpetbaggers I mentioned. Michigan's first choice was LSU's Les Miles, who was headed to the BCS Championship Game.  He was thought to be a shoe-in to replace Carr, will remain at LSU instead. Rutgers' Greg Schiano was offered the job but he turned it down. They showed loyalty to their schools; Rodriguez did not.

After building a Top-10 program in Morgantown, Rodriguez bolted for greener pastures.

I hope this move works out for all involved. But for now in Ann Arbor, class is officially dismissed.

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