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Brock Berglund saga over; KU grants QB full release

Freshman quarterback Brock Berglund works out with the quarterbacks during the team's first practice on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011.

Freshman quarterback Brock Berglund works out with the quarterbacks during the team's first practice on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011.

January 27, 2012, 4:41 p.m. Updated January 27, 2012, 6:07 p.m.

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Although it never actually began, Brock Berglund’s Kansas University football career officially is over.

Berglund, the former three-star quarterback from Highlands Ranch, Colo., who missed all of the 2011 season to deal with legal trouble in Colorado, was released from his scholarship by KU on Friday and is free to continue his playing career at another university.

“This wasn’t about whether or not (we) were going to give a kid permission to contact other schools,” KU coach Charlie Weis said via teleconference Friday evening. “It’s about doing it the way everyone else does it. I just think that everyone should follow the same protocol. One guy shouldn’t be able to send emails and try to make phone calls, when everyone else did it (differently). (Other players) came into my office, they said they’d like to go, I asked them why, we went over a list of schools that they could go to, and I let ’em go. But this young man decided that that wasn’t the way the game was gonna be played.”

Because of that, the process to gain his release — like most things associated with Berglund’s case during the past year — became drawn out and unfolded in a very public manner. Weis, who made no comment on the matter since announcing Berglund’s dismissal at a Jan. 16 news conference, said he regretted that the ordeal could not be handled internally.

“You never want anything like this to be a public deal,” Weis said. “The young man, the past few weeks, decided to take it public and we just didn’t want to go there. We didn’t want to get into a public show of who’s right and who’s wrong. This wasn’t about that. This was about what was in the best interest of Kansas football.”

Berglund officially was dismissed from the team on Jan. 16 for missing a mandatory team meeting a day earlier. Berglund said, and KU officials confirmed, that he emailed the coaching staff prior to the meeting to let them know he would not be there, but that was not good enough for Weis, who has gone full-speed-ahead in emphasizing discipline in the KU program since taking over on Dec. 9.

“Everyone wants to go to a team where the team is more important than the players and the coaches,” Weis said. “That’s what this issue is really about. It’s all about the team being the most important thing. KU football is more important than the quarterback, the head coach, everybody else. It’s bigger than that.”

Berglund did not return messages requesting his reaction to Friday’s news. Weis said Berglund had not yet provided him with a list of schools he’d like to be released to, but sources have said it may include Hawaii, Washington and Liberty, where former KU coach Turner Gill now coaches.

Although Weis and KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger said they were acting on principle on this one, the delay in releasing Berglund drew criticism from many. When asked if he was concerned about any negative affects this incident might have in dealing with future players, Weis was blunt.

“No,” he said. “As a matter of fact, it has had absolutely no impact on recruiting.”

When asked if he was concerned about a lack of depth at the quarterback position, Weis answered with equal confidence.

“I think we have that covered, OK,” he said. “I think we have that covered.”

Justin McCay update

Moving on from the Berglund news, Weis took a minute to update the status of Oklahoma transfer Justin McCay, a wide receiver from Bishop Miege High who is in the process of an appeal with the NCAA to gain eligibility for the 2012 season.

“There’s a lot of time and effort that goes into that, starting with Justin’s part, and then getting into compliance and sending it in,” Weis said. “But I think he has a fairly powerful case, and you’re kind of at the mercy of the NCAA and how they view it. Sometimes these things don’t have a lot of substance behind it. His appeal has a lot of substance behind it.”

Below is a statement from Weis, released by KU Friday afternoon:

“Today, Brock Berglund is released from his scholarship at KU to pursue other opportunities. Brock and his representatives have publicly stated their case without any public response from me to this point. Brock spent the majority of the past calendar year in Colorado taking online courses at KU’s expense, which was nearly $40,000. At no time was Brock an active participant of the football team. Once competition was recruited at the quarterback position, Brock decided he no longer wanted to be a part of the team. He was expected to show up for a mandatory team meeting on Sunday, Jan. 15, but he sent an email less than two hours before the meeting to inform us that he had decided to transfer and would not be attending the meeting. He was dismissed after following through on that promise.

Although Brock has been granted his release, I only wish that he had showed the same courtesy that other players showed and came to talk to me. He decided that he did not have to follow the same protocol as the other departing members of the football team. I believe no individual should be more important than the team. Brock did not see it that way.”

Comments

stevieboy 3 years, 1 month ago

Weis asking for coutesy?...lol...Weis and Zinger and ku came out looking like petty fools..Get ready ku fans for more of this kind of behavior from Weis..He will be run out of Lawrence in 2 years for his actions..Emaw...

Gerry Butler 3 years, 1 month ago

ya know what? you just worry about your pathetic little program it seems to me you sure are awfully concerned about what goes on here at KU. for someone who is surposedly a k state fan i wonder if you spend nearly half the time on the kstate site as you do this one? or do they even have a site or newspaper that covers you? hmmmmmm probably not. could it be maybe just maybe the hiring of weiss got you a little antsy? ya probably soo. all i gotta say is get ready play time is ove. the hirin of weiss was the smartest move and it already shows with recruits that the man is bringing in or has already brought in recruits that wouldn't have given KU a second thought before weiss was hired and now they are. now is he usuing the juco's alot this year and transfers ? uh ya but there ae big time recruits in that bunch challenge me on that I DARE YOU PLEASE CHALLENGE ME. and are you gonna sit there and try and tell me when higher profile recruits see what type of players are coming to ku this year you don't think they aren't takin notice of that and might not want to be a parrt of this upcoming program? REALLY? SERIOUSLY? i hope not. our coaching staff? ya i'll take them thank you very much again REALLY? SERIOUSLY? i have all the confidence in them in all the world. they bring tons of experience at different levels ANYWAYS GO HAWKS

stevieboy 3 years, 1 month ago

Try spell check. A new sentence should have a capitol letter.A kU grad i assume?

kujayhawk7476 3 years, 1 month ago

With no due respect, you're an idiot and your logic is commpletely flawed. LMAO

Jayhawk1958 3 years, 1 month ago

Why do most K-State fans suffer from a inferiority complex? We don't care as much as they do because we know we are better then that.

stevieboy 3 years, 1 month ago

kU wont win 4 conf games in the next 2 years..You know it,I know it and all the big 12 knows it....You just had the worst season in all college football of all time...lol..emaw...

Jayhawk1958 3 years, 1 month ago

Nice. I like the way you troll and don't respond to comments because you have no logical explanation on anything.

rockchalker52 3 years, 1 month ago

emaw... what a gawd awful sound that makes when you say it out loud.

esteshawk 3 years, 1 month ago

kinda like the sound a donkey makes: Emaw Emaw.

TLR 3 years, 1 month ago

This guy is a head case and only came (????) to KU because of such. He never attended classes nor did he participate in practice. If he is so good, why KU? Why Turner Gill? Let's get real here.

Lastly, KU has a high profile coach. Fans need to get used to that. This guy is going to shake things up. Much better than the alternative that we had.

BringBackMark 3 years, 1 month ago

The whole Berglund thing was about a high school sweetheart. Puppy Love has ruined a lot of people.

MISTERTibbs 3 years, 1 month ago

Great statement by HCCW. NOBODY, especially a 3-star prima donna, is above the TEAM. Bergland finally had someone say NO to him and got his tighty-whities in a bunch. This is going to do quite the opposite stevieboy. If this is policy is adherred to moving forward it will help to both build the team from the inside and help with recruiting.

Of course stevieboy is also the non-intellectual bagging on the new JUCO recruits when his beloved Bucktooth Billy has thrived with those same players.

Jayhawk1958 3 years, 1 month ago

Sounds like Bergland used KU and Turner Gill as well. If I was Gill, I wouldn't let him join. The kid is obviously spoiled rotten and immature. Keeping him would have just resulted in more problems, and more serious problems as well had we not granted his release.

lvkufan 3 years, 1 month ago

A wasted lesson on a self centered little p***k. Gill should have dumped long ago

theotherphogg 3 years, 1 month ago

Didn't Berglund proclaim himself to be a combination of Tom Brady, Mike Vick, and Peyton Manning? And he's just out of high school? Yes, I would say he's a little immature. I still would have loved to see him come in and compete. QB's need serious confidence and this kid obviously has it. But, he handled things poorly and that was that. Everyone worried about KU's image needs to turn off KK on 810 radio. He and the rest of Wildcat Nation are trying to smear our program because they know their brief window of dominance is about to slam shut.

rtwngr 3 years, 1 month ago

Berglund was a legend in his mind, only. Good riddance. I hope all of the prima donnas that plan on attending KU take notice. I, for one, am happy to see some discipline back on the team.

Bob Reinsch 3 years, 1 month ago

All Berglund had to do from the beginning was ask for his release like the other players. He chose to hide behind emails, phone messages, lawyers, and his helicopter parents. Dr. Zenger was absolutely right that this was a learning opportunity for the young man... an opportunity to learn a little accountability and to learn that when his coaches and administrators implement a process, he is not above that process. This whole mess could have been avoided very easily with a little bit of maturity on Berglund's (and his parents') part.

Mike Anderson 3 years, 1 month ago

Neither side did anything to make themselves look good. But KU and Weis needed to hold the higher ground on this and they didn't. My guess Weis was trying to talk Berglund to stay knowing the fact his QB for next year could be injury prone and not be able to handle the pounding. If Weis already made his decision and Berglund was not part of his plan and he made that known. So it begs the question - why not give him the release. Weis already set the protocol - so what was the need to hold Berglund back from looking at other schools.

Weis is giving nothing more than smoke and mirrors.

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