Poor Justin Boren

If you want to know why Justin Boren is quitting the Michigan program, look no further than daddy. Mike Boren gave an interview to the Columbus Dispatch this week explaining his take on why Justin is leaving Michigan, and might actually land at OSU.

Justin also released a nice long dear John letter yesterday after Michigan sent him packing, saying:
"I regret leaving behind my friends and teammates, but I need to stand up for what I know is right," Boren said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. "I wore the winged helmet with pride, whether we won or lost, whether things were going well or times were tough."

"Michigan football was a family, built on mutual respect and support for each other from (former) Coach (Lloyd) Carr on down. We knew it took the entire family, a team effort, and we all worked together. I have great trouble accepting that those family values have eroded in just a few months. That same helmet, that I was raised on and proudly claimed for the last two years, now brings a completely different emotion to me, one that interferes with practicing and playing my best and mentally preparing for what is required.

"That I am unable to perform under these circumstances at the level I expect of myself, and my teammates and Michigan fans deserve, is why I have made the decision to leave. To those of you outside the program, the loyal Michigan fans and alumni, I know you will have trouble understanding, but I do want to thank you for your years of support. I wish my teammates the best and will always be proud to have been a part of Michigan football over the past two years."

My take goes like this though...and it is quite simple. Daddy is a pissed off former player who doesn't like Rich Rodriguez. He's a Bo guy...and wanted his boy to play for another Bo guy. I'm not going to say that Justin had no say in this...but one could easily draw those conclusions.

Mike Boren's quotes to the Columbus Dispatch:
"Ohio State would be a good fit for Justin, and that's why he's not at Michigan anymore, because Michigan is not the right fit for him,"

"I have not talked to Ohio State, and I'm not sure about their situation. But would he go to Ohio State? Yes. The only two schools he seriously considered three years ago were Ohio State and Michigan, and he almost went to Ohio State even then."

"Three years ago, if I had seen in a crystal ball that the whole coaching staff was going to change halfway through his career, I would never have let Justin go to Michigan, I would have told him to go to Ohio State. I'm disappointed and hurt because my wife and I both graduated from the University of Michigan. I didn't want this to happen. It's the last thing I wanted to happen. But, basically, the bottom line is you have to look out for your kid and what is best for him."
And there it is...mommy and daddy Boren are hurt. I mean why else would he then turn around and go play for OSU? It's pure spite. What other explanation could there be? According to Big Ten rules, he can not be awarded a scholarship, so he's on mommy and daddy's dime there. I think this situation is much deeper than just Justin not feeling like he'll fit in with the new offense. If he were to pick up and leave, go to another conference and not try and blast the program on his way out the door, I might be a little more sympathetic.

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