Obviously this is an old topic and probably better forgotten, but a friend of mine made a great point about the whole Boren incident recently, something that had never occured to me -
Coach Rod had full control over whether or not to release Boren from his scholarship and allow him to play elsewhere. Now, it would'nt make much sense to keep the kid here against his will - but Coach Rod also had the ability to give him conditional release and prevent him from going to certain schools. From what little I know about transfer rules etc, it is very common for coaches to put restrictions on where their transfers go to school (i.e. Randy Shannon restricting Robert Marve from going to a Florida school and much of the SEC.)
Now, we all know where Boren went - our biggest rival, Ohio State. He took some pretty nasty parting shots at Coach Rod on his way out - and the media rode those shots to the high heavens, painting Coach Rod as a bad guy.
I feel very strongly that Coach Rod should get some credit for his handling of the Boren situation. I feel that he handled it well. Although we lost a great players skillwise that could've helped us in the past two seasons, I am confident that it's gonna work out for the better.
Kudos to RichRod for sticking to his guns and building the program the right way. It may not look like it now, but we're going to be very happy very soon.