Justin Boren: College Football's Benedict Arnold

Danny BaylissCorrespondent IJanuary 14, 2009

As an Ohio State fan, I found this situation extremely amusing, and I finally wanted to voice my own opinion on it.

Justin Boren, a highly touted offensive lineman, announced he was transferring from the University of Michigan because of new coach Rich Rodriguez's new plans. The news was already shocking for many U of M fans, as he was heavily recruited by many top schools.

So, there was the good, Boren going to Michigan; the bad, Boren de-committing.

Then, to the Michigan and most certainly not Ohio State fans, the ugly.

Boren decided on transferring to Ohio State, of all schools! Every sane person knows, "Once a Wolverine, always a Wolverine," or "Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye."

Boren broke the cardinal rule—he committed a cardinal sin.

It takes a lot of moxie to break the hearts of one nation and put a smile on the other's faces.

Boren will likely be a starter on a revamped and young Buckeyes offensive line. He will have two years of eligibility remaining come next year.

Boren picked Ohio State over Notre Dame, UCLA, and Pittsburgh. His younger brother, Zach Boren, is a fullback who is going to Ohio State also.

The move came as a surprise for Justin's father, Mike, who played for Bo Schembechler at the University of Michigan. 

Whether Boren did this as a publicity stunt because he feels Ohio State is a better school, or some other reason, I, and all of Buckeye nation, am certainly not complaining.

But with great risks come some bad luck.

Boren, his brother, and the Buckeye team will surely get an extra hundred-thousand "boos" and "traitors" when Ohio State goes to the Big House to play next year.

Traitor? Yes. 

Risk-taker? Certainly.

Ohio State Buckeye? More now than ever.

See you on the battlefield, Benedict Boren.


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