Not lobbying for team, Carr still expects controversy

Updated: December 3, 2006, 2:25 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said controversy was one certain outcome of the Bowl Championship Series selections.

On his weekly TV show "Michigan Replay" broadcast Sunday morning, Carr was asked if uncertainty about who should face Ohio State in the BCS championship make the case for a playoff to determine a national champion.

"I think it's going to be a great controversy, I don't care who gets selected," Carr said, "because I just think that based on some of the comments the Florida coach has made in the last two weeks -- campaigning strenuously for a berth in the championship game -- and making some statements about Michigan that I think were inappropriate.

"That certainly is going to stir a controversy and who knows what that's going to lead to."

Carr wasn't the only one who expected controversy. Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel chose not to cast his vote Sunday in the coaches' poll.

"After consultation with my director of athletics, Gene Smith, and based upon our unique position in the BCS standings," Tressel said in a statement, "I believe it is only fair that we not participate in the final poll."

Carr has passed on a chance to lobby for his team, which lost to Ohio State during the regular season. The picks were to be announced Sunday night.

With a chance to lock up a third consecutive trip to the title game, Southern California lost 13-9 to UCLA in the biggest upset of the season and opened the door for the Wolverines or the Gators to play for the national championship.

On Saturday night, Carr was at the Michigan Union with a group of recruits for dinner. As the USC-UCLA game wound down, Carr said the atmosphere among the recruits made it seem like watching a Michigan game.

"It's certainly the first time in a Michigan recruiting visit that we watched a game that somebody else besides Michigan was playing in," Carr said.

Not long after the Trojans let their opportunity slip away, Florida (12-1) made its final case with a 38-28 victory over Arkansas in the SEC title game.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.