Divorces and blending family issues occur in sports as well in families. Lloyd Carr resigned as coach of the U of Michigan football team and most of his coaches were not rehired. Some players including potential stars left the team. Justin Boren and his team remained with their mother, the U of Michigan.
Problems really started brewing when the new step-father, Rich Rodriquez divorced West Virginia to take over the leadership role at U of M. Even now, Coach Rod is still in the middle of a very messy divorce from West Virginia with the unfortunate allegations and legal entanglements common in divorce.
The mother or U of M football hired Coach Rod to change the culture and family values at the U of M. Too many losses to Ohio State, underdogs liked Appalachian State, spread offenses and bowl games. Like so many sons and daughters in families of divorce, Justin Boren and some of his teammates did not like the new father figure changing the family dynamics and culture. Coach Rod has become the "evil step-father" pushing the mother's "lax children" to greater achievement through hard work, strict rules and new expectations.
Justin like many children in divorce has verbally acted-out and ran away from home.