The Michigan Daily football writers break down the weekend's stats that don't show up in the boxscore. The defense-o-meter measures the intensity of the defense, the Carr-o-meter judges Lloyd Carr's demeanor following the game and the hypemeter measures the fans' game performance.
Defense-o-meter: 3/4 Crables
BY KEVIN WRIGHT
ORLANDO, Fla. - Once the final seconds ticked off the clock on arguably the biggest upset of the college bowl season so far, the Michigan sideline erupted.
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr was immediately swarmed by media. The Wolverine players sprinted over to the Michigan band. Lost among the mayhem were the assistant coaches, many of whom were coaching their last game at Michigan.
There was quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler, who jumped into the arms of one of his colleagues following the win.
BY JACK HERMAN
ORLANDO, Fla. - With the nation's top recruit still considering Michigan, incoming coach Rich Rodriguez is no doubt excited to hit the recruiting trail and solidify his first class at the helm of the Wolverines.
But over the next week, he'll actually spend some time selling himself to players already in Ann Arbor.
BY DANIEL BROMWICH
In upset, team gives Carr his last hurrah
BY SCOTT BELL
ORLANDO, Fla. - When Rich Rodriguez got a chance to sit down and watch a little football after a whirlwind couple of weeks, the newly hired Michigan football coach thought he'd finally get a chance to relax.
But Rodriguez's moment of rest was short-lived.
Less than two weeks after being introduced as Michigan's fourth head coach in 40 years on Dec. 17, Rodriguez found out he was being sued by the university he had just left when he saw the news scroll across the bottom of ESPN during a bowl game.
BY KEVIN WRIGHT
Posted Dec. 17
New Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez sure picked an interesting way to usher in a new era of Wolverine football.
The 18th Michigan coach in the 100-plus years of the program started his press conference with a joke.
"Great crowd," Rodriguez said. "Must be giving away free hats or something."
Not really the response you would expect from the guy stepping into a program steeped in tradition.
But maybe Rodriguez's lighthearted approach is just what Michigan needs to reassert itself as a national powerhouse once again.
BY DANIEL BROMWICH AND JACK HERMAN
You all know the storylines. Michigan coach Lloyd Carr's last game. The supposed heat between Carr and opposing coach Urban Meyer from last season's National Championship Game hoopla. And finally Gator quarterback Tim Tebow, the newest member of the Heisman club.
With all the chips seemingly stacked against the Wolverines, can they break a five-game losing streak in bowl games?
Well, probably not on paper.
Michigan rushing offense vs. Florida rushing defense
BY SCOTT BELL
A week has passed since Sailboatgate. Maybe it's time to cut Athletic Director Bill Martin some slack.
Yeah, and maybe the Lions won't blow another game and rip out the hearts of their fans.
Needless to say, people following the Michigan football-coaching search are pretty much right where they were last week. And the week before that. And, yeah, the week before that.
And Martin is still the guy who anger-ridden fans should blame.