Wermers academically ineligible before transfer

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

There are two lessons to be learned when dealing with transfers, especially those from high-profile programs.

1. Don't always believe what the player says.

2. Those who transfer quietly are often better off than those who don't.

Former Michigan offensive lineman Kurt Wermers wanted you to think that problems with Rich Rodriguez and Wolverines assistant coaches led to his transfer to Ball State. He told The Times of Northwest Indiana that Michigan's coaches recruited players who were "not my kind of crowd." He echoed former Wolverines offensive lineman Justin Boren in describing how a family atmosphere under previous head coach Lloyd Carr had turned into a strictly business mood under RichRod.

Turns out, the only business that mattered was of the academic variety, and that's where Werners fell short. Sources told ESPN.com that Wermers was academically ineligible and unable to suit up for Michigan this fall. Whether he liked the coaching staff or not, he wouldn't be playing for the maize and blue.

Rodriguez and his staff have taken heat for player departures in the last year, and Boren's comments about eroding family values got a lot of traction in the national media. Whether or not it was his intent, Wermers added fuel to the fire with very similar comments. But in the end, he's the one who ends up getting burned.