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Kansas won't release Berglund from scholarship

Posted on: January 19, 2012 5:56 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Monday Kansas announced that it had dismissed 6 players from the team, including backup quarterback Brock Berglund. On Tuesday Berglund told the Lawrence Journal-World that he found out about his dismissal on Twitter, along with the rest of the world.

Now we find out that while Berglund has been dismissed from the team by Charlie Weis, the new head coach in Lawrence isn't making things easy for Berglund, as he is yet to release him from his scholarship.

This is an excerpt from the release written up by Berglund's attorney and sent to members of the media on Thursday.
Colorado Springs, CO. January 19, 2012 — The University of Kansas (KU) football program has a new coach, Charlie Weis, and several high-profile transfers from other programs. Fortunately for KU, schools such as Notre Dame, BYU and Oklahoma have released incoming KU transfers, quarterback Dayne Crist, quarterback Jake Heaps and receiver Justin McCay, from their respective commitments to those programs.

Unfortunately for Brock Berglund, KU, however, has refused to extend the same courtesy.

Berglund, a freshman, was heavily recruited out of high school, and accepted a scholarship to KU in 2010, primarily because of the bond formed between him and then-coach Turner Gill during the recruiting process. Gill assured Berglund that his quarterbacking skill set was a perfect fit for the KU offense, and that he expected Berglund to compete for the starter's role right away. However, KU terminated Gill and his staff at the end of the season, and hired Charlie Weis as its head coach.

Shortly thereafter, Weis successfully landed his high-profile transfers -- all of whom he had previously recruited out of high school when he was head coach at Notre Dame. In December, 2011, Berglund was informed during a short conversation with new quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus that Crist, the Irish's former starting quarterback, would start for the KU football team in 2012, and that Berglund was only competing for the backup quarterback position. Given the change in coaching staffs and offensive philosophies, and the abrupt demotion, in December 2011, Berglund requested permission from KU to enable him to speak with other Division I-A football programs about a possible transfer.
Until Berglund is released from his scholarship he cannot speak to other Division 1-A schools about a transfer without Kansas permission. This despite the fact that Kansas and Weis have already dismissed him from the team.

So, to recap, Charlie Weis came to Kansas and brought his own quarterbacks with him. Then, after dismissing Berglund from the team -- a decision in itself that I have no problem with -- he refuses to release him from his scholarship.

So Berglund can't play for Weis or anybody else. Such a nice guy, that Charlie Weis.

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Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:56 pm

Kansas won't release Berglund from scholarship

Kid was told via Twitter he's off the team?  WTH?

Are coaches that pussi-fied?  

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:56 pm

Kansas won't release Berglund from scholarship

I don't know how this stands up in a court, Berglund should be getting some legal help on this one.  Sounds like a lot of Weis crap from me.  What a stand up guy, Weis.......

Since: Jan 20, 2012
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:51 pm

Kansas won't release Berglund from scholarship

Charlie Weis is a fat Biznitch, he needs to go ahead and retire. He is just butthurt. He can transfer his kids but won't allow any to leave? Suck one Weis.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:44 pm

Kansas won't release Berglund from scholarship

As so often is the case, this situation has only been addressed by one side. There is always more. What did Bergland do to get kicked off the team? Did it involve discipline for an infraction? If so, then perhaps that discipline must be honor4ed before transfer is approved. I know I am speculating here. So is Tom Fornelli. We really do not know the situation and therefore cannot judge the parties. I suspect that over the rest of the school year this will resolve itself. Since it is too late to enroll in another school's spring semester the player will have to sit out the next season regardless. That means he has until September to decide and there is no reason to pressure the school.

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:59 pm

Kansas won't release Berglund from scholarship

This will probably be a dead thread in a 1-2 days, but I should clarify my statement.

Charlie Weis DID cut him from the team. Charlie Weis is NOT the one refusing to release him. The complete press release mentions the AD and Asst AD as those involved with his refusal to release. 

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:48 am

Kansas won't release Berglund from scholarship

IF KU took scholarships away for poor play, there would only be 3 players left on the football team from last year!
I think that is a good motivational tool.  You dont want to play hard, go  home CHIEF!
Kind of like REAL LIFE! You know, having a job etc!!!

Go Charlie! 

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:41 am

Kansas won't release Berglund from scholarship

Please read the ACTUAL press release here:


No where does it mention Charlie Weis cutting him. The CBS writer completely cut out the portion mentioning Zenger and the Assistant AD. Classy.

Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 7:43 am

Kansas won't release Berglund from scholarship

Wow, Weis leaving the Gators makes me happier everyday!  Good luck Kansas.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:45 pm

release me

how can you be kicked off the team but not "released" from your scholarship?  what is he getting the scholarship for if he's not on the team??? 

Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: January 19, 2012 10:42 pm

Kansas won't release Berglund from scholarship

You people crack me up. You are so quick to jump on Charlie Weis without having a clue what the story is! You took a press release from an attorney for an 18 year old who never made it to campus bc of assault charges. No matter how much he said he wanted to be at KU, he couldn't ever make it to campus for one reason or another. The kid has been nothing but a headache for KU and they will be better off without him. With that said, no one has a clue what is going on here! An attorney puts out a press release where he quotes himself in the third person and everyone jumps on the coach. Let the process play out before jumping to conclusions. Just like Berglund and his attorney should have done. Instead, he looks like a whiny, stuck up teenager who is pissed he just got kicked off the team! I'm not saying that KU isn't in the wrong here, I'm just saying let everything play out! Everyone was real quick to say Weis is an ass just a few hours after this release was let out!

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