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.
-- The Associated Press