Mike Lantry, 1972
Maybe we should issue an amber alert...make that a maize alert. "Looking for a man in his sixties wearing tan khakis and a UM golf shirt. Hostile towards members of the media and underachieving football players. Last seen with Russell Crowe."
A statement of support from Carmen Sandiego would really hit the spot right about now.
Yet the silence has been deafening.
What's up with that, I ask of you?
Not nearly as funny as I remembered it. Oh well.
What good would it do anyway? Some seem to think that Lloyd could utter some great words and all would be well. I hardly think that would be the case.
If Lloyd comes out and says "the team put in just as many hours under my watch as they're doing for RR," is that going to end any further investigation of the matter? NO. (I'm thinking it would make matters worse.)
If Lloyd comes out and says "you guys at the Freep are a bunch of hacks and this is clearly a hatchet job," is the Freep gonna lay off or print a retraction? NO.
If Lloyd comes out and blasts the disgruntled former players, do you really think they're gonna come back and say "Oh, we're sorry. We didn't mean it."? NO.
If Lloyd comes out and tells alums and other supporters that they're anti-Michigan for not supporting RR, is that gonna make them more likely to continue their support? NO.
IMO, this is more a battle for public opinion than anything else. The more that comes out, it's pretty obvious that this article's allegations are going to go nowhere. Did you see the Big Ten coaches circling the wagons in favor of Michigan? This thing is over.
However, my request for support from Carr of RR is not really about this case exactly. It's more about the apparent division that exists in the Michigan program (although not apparently on the team). I believe by taking sides Carr can help to heal this division, if only to say "don't come crying to me, RR is coach". Doing this publicly would reach the most people. It could be (and maybe already has been) done privately. I'm not ripping Carr since I have no idea what's going on behind closed doors.
As far as my "suggested" statements above, I think they would help to marginalize the comments of some people. It's not gonna get them to change their minds or back down, but it would help to change the perception of their comments.
And I know, the only thing that will really change perception is wins. But, it would still be nice to see the Great Benefactor of the Program crack a few heads again.
I do wish that more coaches in the Big Ten, along with Lloyd, would just make a simple statement in support of RR, a la Tim Brewster (link in m.go.licious, but also here http://www.annarbor.com/sports/minnesota-coach-tim-brewster-defends-mich...). Lloyd doesn't need to hold a press conference by any means, but at least drop a tidbit to someone. Further, it's the courageous thing to do for other coaches to take Brewster's example. Any one of them could be facing similar allegations if their local paper employed someone as malicious and opportunistic as the sports-writer-who-will-not-be-named. Man up and support your own, coaches (that means you, Tressel!).
Looks like Tressel did: