Last March, when Justin Boren announced he was transferring from Michigan, the offensive lineman cited an erosion of family values at the university that had taken place since then-new head coach Rich Rodriguez came to Ann Arbor.
A little over a year later, another UM lineman is striking an eerily similar chord.
In an interview with The Times of Northwest Indiana, Kurt Wermers announced that he was transferring to Ball State. And, in the process, he also leveled yet another thinly-veiled verbal blast at the business-like rebuilding project being undertaken by Rodriguez & Company.
“I really didn’t get along with the new coaches,” Wermers told the paper. “They were bringing in a lot of different kids that were not my kind of crowd. Coach Carr’s staff was a whole different ballgame. It was like a family. But when Rodriguez came in it was a whole different feeling. It was more of a business.
“I figured I’d get out while I could.”
Regardless of the reality, the perception is that Rodriguez has alienated some players and fans — and has already caused the First Son of Michigan Football to publicly question him — and if he doesn’t turn the program back around beginning this season, he will be on the hottest of seats come 2010.
If not earlier.