Sources: Wermer was already out at UM

Updated: July 20, 2009, 2:32 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Former Michigan offensive lineman Kurt Wermers was academically ineligible when he announced his transfer to Ball State last week, sources told ESPN.com.

Wermers cited disagreements with head coach Rich Rodriguez and Michigan's assistant coaches as the primary reason for his decision to transfer. In an interview with The Times of Northwest Indiana, Wermers said he didn't get along with Rodriguez's staff or the types of players Michigan was recruiting.

He even echoed former Wolverines offensive lineman Justin Boren, who cited eroding family values as a reason for his transfer to Ohio State.

"Coach Carr's staff was a whole different ballgame," Wermers told the newspaper, referring to former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr. "It was like a family. But when Rodriguez came in it was a whole different feeling. It was more of a business.

"I figured I'd get out while I could."

But according to sources with knowledge of the situation, Wermers was already out.

His academic struggles would have prevented him from suiting up with the Wolverines. Wermers wasn't even enrolled in summer school at the time of his departure.

The 6-foot-5, 289-pound Wermers did not see action in any games for Michigan in 2008.

Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com.