Well, it looks like former Michigan coaches Lloyd Carr and Rich Rodriguez have something in common after all.
Roughly six weeks ago, Rodriguez, who was three months fresh off his own axing in Ann Arbor, said on “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” that the NCAA was understaffed and “a little misguided“. The quotes, of course, came from a now infamous episode supposedly exposing some dirty deeds at Ohio State and Auburn.
Carr, who was introduced as part of the 2011 College Football Hall of Fame class earlier today, echoed his successor’s concerns about the NCAA, but did not address specific issues regarding his long time rival, Jim Tressel, who is currently vest-deep in NCAA allegations.
“I know it’s a difficult time because the issues are serious, but it’ll be up to the NCAA to find out what did and did not happen,” Carr said.”And they need to do a better job in my judgment.
“If you’re going to have a system that the public, the fans, respect and buy into, you better have a way of making sure those people who are violating the rules don’t prosper. You’ve got to invest the money to have investigators and whatever else you need.”
Carr ran a squeaky-clean program at Michigan and the five major allegations reported by the NCAA under Rodriguez were the first committed by the Wolverines’ football program.
But Carr doesn’t believe — nor should he — that everyone else will follow the rules because of “ample evidence, down through the years that some people are not self-reporting.”
(Big thanks: Detroit News)