ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -Offensive lineman Justin Boren says he's left the Michigan football team because the program's ``family values have eroded.''
The 6-foot-3, 310-pound Boren would have been one of two returning starters on the offensive line next season and the Wolverines' most experienced lineman. The junior-to-be started every game last season, either at center or left guard.
Boren left the team Monday. On Wednesday he released a statement saying in part: ``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 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.''
Boren told reporters after Michigan's first spring practice 10 days ago that adapting to new coach Rich Rodriguez's no-huddle spread offense was physically challenging. He mentioned the difficulty the offensive linemen had constantly running to the line of scrimmage.
In comments reported by The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and The Ann Arbor News, Rodriguez said Tuesday that he would not discuss Boren's decision.
``I don't know if we'll have any more (attrition), but we're forging ahead with guys that play for Michigan,'' the coach said.

Recent NCAAF Discussions


NCAAF Headlines

More inNCAAF News  

NCAAF Top Stories

Thumbnail Virginia Tech vs. Pittsburgh Pick Given the scoring ability of Pittsburgh, can bettors expect a high-scoring game Thursday night when the Panthers host the Hokies?
Thumbnail CFB Week 9 Las Vegas Odds Week 9 of the College Football Season is set to get underway on Thursday. Here is a look at what Las Vegas thinks of this week’s...
Thumbnail San Diego St. vs. Utah St. Pick San Diego State looks to stay unbeaten in the Mountain West Conference when it hits the road to face Utah State on Friday at...
Thumbnail Navy vs. South Florida Pick Will No. 22 Navy have another high-scoring contest when it hits the road to face South Florida on Friday at 7PM...
Thumbnail California vs. USC Pick Will the USC Trojans and Cal Golden Bears have another Pac-12 shootout when the two meet up this Thursday night at...
More inNCAAF Articles  

NCAAF Team Pages