What a pathetic piece of journalism. Aside from the insane idea that a 9 second Urban Meyer quote is going sway a voters opinion, the utter hypocrisy of Lloyd Carr has been left out of all these articles.
I won’t deny that Meyer did some campaigning, and more than Carr, but what I don’t get in all this is how no one is talking about the hypocrisy of Lloyd Carr.
Carr is notoriously one of the toughest coaches to get an interview with in sports. People constantly want interviews with him and he constantly shoots them down. Then, magically this weekend I saw Lloyd Carr interviews everywhere. Reporters said Carr was asking THEM for interviews at that point so that he could get on there and say all the things we heard him say that everyone seems to be ignoring, the most repeated of which was to the extent of “I hope they don’t punish us for not playing this week.”
Then we’ve got the people saying Urban was disrespectful to Michigan, when his only quote about them was that they already had their shot at OSU. Meanwhile Carr said that he didn’t think the BCS had selected the two best teams as it was designed to do. If either of those are more disrespectful than the other (though really neither are disrespectful at all), it’s clearly the latter.
Yes, Urban “campaigned” more than Carr did, but Urban has always done lots of interviews, he also does TV commercials, etc. He’s out there talking to the media. Carr on the other hand went from Mr. Lurking in the Shadows to Mr. “hey, hey you, wanna interview me???”. Urban’s increase in talking to the media compared to the amount he usually talks to them was much less than Carr’s.
But aside from all this, the real insanity in all this is that people actually think that a coach taking 9 seconds from an interview to say his team should be in the national championship is swaying voters. I think if I sat here and punched myself in the face repeatedly, it would be a better argument than this whole "campaigning" nonsense.
And really all Meyer did was answer questions asked to him in the same interviews he's always had. I dunno, maybe I'm just out of the loop in Gainesville but I never heard about the "Vote for Urban" rally where everyone gathered and Urban gave speeches about how he hates Michigan. This whole thing is just talentless reporters trying to make a story out of nothing.
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