Players searched by cops, dogs

Updated: November 24, 2004, 7:19 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Michigan coach Lloyd Carr lashed out at Ohio State for subjecting his players and coaches to a "disrespectful" security check before Saturday's game at Ohio Stadium.

"I don't know if they were looking for drugs," Carr said Monday during his weekly news conference. "I don't think I'm a terrorist."

Michigan was held up about 10 minutes while officers and police dogs did a search of players' bags before the Wolverines went on to lose 37-21.

"Let me make this clear -- it had nothing to do with the outcome of that game," Carr said. "Nothing. That is not anything we're using as an excuse. We're talking about how a university in this conference, how their athletic department, chose to try to embarrass us, I guess. I resented it. I just don't understand anything about what happened there."

Carr vented about the search and said he wants the Big Ten commissioner to look into what he called harassment by OSU fans who watched police dogs taking a whiff of every player and their personal belongings.

"If it's going to be the greatest rivalry in college athletics, which so many of us believe it is, then I don't think it is too much to say, 'Let's have great respect for each other. Let's treat each other like we would want to be treated," Carr said. "I guarantee you that the athletic director at Ohio State doesn't want his son treated the way that they treated our players."

A message left Wednesday at the Big Ten office in Park Ridge, Ill., was not immediately returned.

Ohio State sports information director Steve Snapp said all teams visiting Ohio Stadium were subject to a search this season.

"We've had the same security for every team," Snapp told the Detroit News.

However, officials from Big Ten schools Indiana and Wisconsin, both of which played at Ohio Stadium this season, said its players and bags were not subjected to a search.

A Penn State representative said its locker room was searched by police dogs without players and coaches being present.

Snapp insisted Wednesday all teams were subject to the same search.

"This is all controlled by homeland security. Every team that comes in is checked," Snapp. "Every team was absolutely checked. Penn State was also checked by dogs because like Michigan, they got there late."

Carr said he is unhappy with the double standard.

"What really is interesting is that they would say that with all these other schools, it's been the same all year long, when it hasn't," Carr said. "There is an issue of credibility here."

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