NFL Combine: Schilling discusses 'drama' at U-M, forgives Justin Boren
INDIANAPOLIS -- Left guard Steve Schilling went through a rough transition at Michigan after coach Lloyd Carr retired after Schilling’s first season and Rich Rodriguez was hired.
“It was a tough situation from Day One, obviously there was a lot of what you would say drama, ups and downs and things like that. NCAA violations -- there was a media storm for three years,’’ Schilling said at the NFL Combine on Thursday. Schilling has not kept in touch with Rodriguez and has not met new coach Brady Hoke.
“Everything I’ve heard is positive, he’s got a pretty good track record at schools where he’s been. He’s coached at Michigan before, understood how we did things before,’’ Schilling said.
It took a few years but Schilling has forgiven his freshman roommate Justin Boren.
After their freshman season when Carr retired, Schilling stayed at Michigan, while Boren transferred to Ohio State.
They had not spoken since then -- until Wednesday night when they went to dinner.
“(It was) really interesting, kind of awkward at the start. There’s obviously hard feelings. When someone is going to transfer, you wish they’d stay with your team, when they transfer to your biggest rival it adds a whole other level,’’ Schilling said on Thursday at the NFL Combine.
“Justin is a good guy, he had to make the decision he had to make,’’ Schilling said. “I forgive him for that. I wish it never happened.’’
Schilling said Boren was respectful and didn’t gloat about the Buckeyes’ success.
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