Dude

I can't begin to describe the disdain I have for Justin Boren's press release. I hate to harp on someone that is a student athlete, and I rarely find myself taking the time to pick apart a 20-year-old kid. That being said, let's start with this...

I regret leaving behind my friends and teammates, but I need to stand up for what I know is right,"

Delusions of grandeur much? Unless the new coach has supported the forcing of an object into one of your orifices, or has told you that you aren't going to play because you are Caucasian, or you are uncomfortable with a swastika watermark on each of the pages of your playbook...I can't imagine what could be wrong. Let's not pretend you are attempting to save the souls of the remaining members of the Michigan football team by walking out based on what you "know is right." There is no right or wrong, there is only Coach and Player. You are the player, and outside of something illegal, you do exactly what the coach says, or you pack your bags. 

We follow orders, son. We follow orders or people die. It's that simple. Are we clear?
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.

The erosion of family values is something I'm used to seeing from the Democratic party... and Murphy Brown. Is Michigan Football sleeping with an intern? Does Michigan Football have a second whole wife and kids on the west coast that it visits under the guise of business trips? Is Michigan Football living with it's domestic partner? Please tell me Justin, what the hell are you talking about?

I don't understand. You want to be coddled? Did Lloyd coddle you? When he asked you to run, and you were tired and whined about it, did he just let you off the hook?

This really validates my worst fears of the last 5 years or so. Lloyd Carr, the delightful, grandfather-like figurehead of Michigan Football, was outwardly a nice guy. In fact, I think Lloyd is genuinely a nice guy. But I always imagined...always hoped...that once the gate to Fort Schembechler closed behind him he was a tough sonofabitch. I thought he got every last ounce of effort out of his players, that he was the ultimate motivator. Perhaps that's not true. As we saw at the Citrus Bowl, there seems to have been a lot left in the tank. And whatever is left, RR is going to get it. Even if he has to beat it out of them.

This is football kids. This isn't supposed to be fun. It's a war. It's a business. You don't want to work harder? Fine. But don't slander the program because you need a bullshit excuse to tell your dad. We are still a family here J.B...you're just no longer a part of it. Now run home to daddy...or walk, if you're tired.