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 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 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.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU head football coach Les Miles signed a contract extension yesterday to keep him at the university through 2012, apparently ending speculation that he might leave for a job at the University of Michigan.
"I'm thrilled to be here. I'm thrilled to be LSU's head coach. I'm thrilled to be on the campus," Miles told the LSU Board of Supervisors before signing the deal. "I look forward to many years as the LSU head coach."
BY SCOTT BELL
It's not the Michigan football team's ideal bowl, but apparently fans are still excited about it.
Just 13 hours after the Michigan-Florida matchup was announced Sunday night, the Capital One Bowl reached a sellout, Steve Hogan, the executive director of Florida Citrus Sports, announced yesterday.
Temporary bleachers were added after the sellout (65,438 people) was announced, but those seats subsequently sold out, too.
BY SCOTT BELL
I've really liked Bill Martin since he took over as the athletic director at Michigan.
Martin turned a struggling Athletic Department into a self-sufficient one, transforming it from a debt-ridden mess into a Canham-esque model of prosperity.
BY DANIEL BROMWICH
Nobody knows exactly what happened Saturday, or throughout the latter part of last week, but as of yesterday, Louisiana State coach Les Miles was still Louisiana State coach Les Miles.
Some how, some way, Michigan didn't get its man. And now it's left with no apparent options in its search for a head football coach.
So how did this happen?
How did Michigan miss out on its favorite son, a highly esteemed coach who has practically begged for the job his entire career?
"I'm not going (to Michigan). And it saddens me at times. You can't be in two places. I got a great place. I'm at home."
- Louisiana State coach Les Miles after his Tigers won the Southeastern Conference Title. Miles was widely considered to be the top choice for the job.