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Friday, July 22, 2011

Keegan

QB Brock Berglund, coach Turner Gill both in a pickle

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Ever play the quarterback middle-name game? No? OK, this will be your debut. It consists of just two questions, so it won’t take long.

  1. Name two record-setting NFL quarterbacks and former MVPs born in Pittsburgh who share an unusual middle name?

Answer: John Constantine Unitas and Daniel Constantine Marino, two of the best classic drop-back quarterbacks ever to play the game.

  1. What is Kansas University dual-threat quarterback recruit Brock Berglund’s middle name?

Answer: Keegan.

I can’t wait to meet him to compare family trees to see if we might be related. I know we already have at least one thing in common, that being an apparent aversion to spring and summer conditioning workouts.

Berglund blew off spring football. He has not attended summer conditioning workouts with teammates who have confronted triple-digit heat and suffocating humidity, brothers in sweat bonded for life by mutual respect.

Brock Keegan Berglund — sort of has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? — has found himself in a legal pickle. Some KU football enthusiasts will try to use it as a convenient excuse for Berglund not wanting the starting quarterback job badly enough to compete for it. They want to believe Berglund is the Buzz Lightyear of the real world, poised to elevate the KU football program to infinity and beyond.

Not so fast. The alleged third-degree assault didn’t take place until April 9, the date of KU’s sixth of 15 spring football practices. The frustrating point for Berglund: Had he stayed in Lawrence to participate in spring football, he wouldn’t need to fight in court to preserve his good name.

It’s easy to see where dealing with misdemeanor allegations might require Berglund to be in Colorado every now and then, but missing all the summer conditioning workouts? He apparently flew in for team pictures and again later to sign scholarship papers, but didn’t join teammates in the Summer-from-the-Sahara runs.

Oh well, a football program can’t turn on one young man, although Todd Reesing, when healthy, certainly made a huge difference. He graduated a semester early from high school so that he could get a head start. He eventually beat out his friend Kerry Meier and then turned him into his favorite target. The rest is record-book history.

That was then. This is now: Berglund remains on the KU football roster, leaving head coach Turner Gill with an interesting decision. Gill’s attraction to coaching football seems to be more about helping teenage boys grow into confident men than about gaining acclaim for winning.

Still, he wants to win and win big, as he stated at the news conference held to announce his hiring.

“I’m not coming here to use it as a stepping stone to a football dynasty, but rather to create a football dynasty here at KU,” Gill said then.

Starting with a last-place Big 12 finish and a consensus pick for last, is it possible to build a dynasty by letting a player at the most important position continue to stand by the river, one toe in the water, while the rest of the players swim upstream to improve themselves?

Comments

Chris Bailey 2 years, 8 months ago

KEEGAN!!!!! Hey why don't you read this and find out what real journalism sounds like instead of simply speculating!

http://kansas.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1243502

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Ralster Jayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Uh-oh...Woops! Lookout! Keegan has beshat himself again...(its ok, we are used to it...).

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KeeganSucks 2 years, 8 months ago

If you want the truth about Brock go read Jon Kirby's article, instead of this crap.

http://kansas.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1243502

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BenRay 2 years, 8 months ago

Wow. I thought KU had knowledgeable fans. But obviously not if Tom Keegan is your source for information. There is nothing accurate, again, in another opinion piece written by a dedicated couch potato.

From people who have the real facts, Berglund has been working hard all summer, even with the Broncos. He has always showed his intent of being at KU - left all his clothes and personal stuff in Lawrence while back home. But then Keegan has never let facts get in the way of writing responsible journalism. That is what you get when you bet your career on a disgruntled parent of a player as your source.

Berglund has been painted in the most negative light possible by Keegan in an unashamedly attempt to bring attention to Keegan and the LJW's sports section. Then when called on the carpet for false and misleading statements, he has bunkered down and fired up even more maligning opinion pieces. He is like a little kid having a temper tantrum for not getting his way.

Third degree assault - come on. How many hypocrites are posting here about a kid that did not themselves get into what equals a high schoolers fight over insults and a girl?

It is so sad that one man, Keegan, has successfully destroyed any connection between the local college sports program and the news for those that want real information and insight to KU football.

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Clarence Haynes 2 years, 8 months ago

Great and fair article about Berglund in jayhawkslant.com

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okiedave 2 years, 8 months ago

KURiggins - I think you have nailed it. But appears it may take two years of recruiting to get a line up to Big XII standards. Also read today the both highly touted Freshmen quarterbacks recurited by Okla. State have left their program -- our freshmen quarterback issues may not be so bad.

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KURiggins 2 years, 8 months ago

Well fans, it won't be long before we get to Satruday in Memorial Stadium. So its time for a few observations: First, I am glad Coach Gills does not read these comment boards. I mean why bother with a coach at all, when some bloggers could just plain ...do it better. As if! Second: I do not care if Brock can get his issues settled or not. We have a QB. Brock has to get his act together. Hopefully he can do that, and put all this trouble behind him. If not, we have some good QB prospects.I know some of the Blog/Coaches do not think so. However, for Coach Gill and the KU coaching staff I am sure they have a plan if the mighty Brock can not make it to the party. And since they are the actual coaches...well. ...there you go. Some quick observations for the upcoming season: 1.) The Offensive Line. By far the weakest part of our time last year. Its hard for Jordan Webb, James Sims or anyone to do well behind, well not even a sub-par offensive line. Our line just stunk! What is one of the first positions Coach Gill and his staff went after? OL. Remember Gill played at Nebraska and they only ran two plays for 30years while they dominated Option Right and Option Left. And if the Nebraska OL had come up to our DL or anyone's and told us which way they were going you still could NOT have stopped them. Gill knows(being from Nebraska) that the game of football is won or lost at the line. Just ask the Detroit Lions. Matthew Stafford may be a good QB ..I mean, I don't know all I see is him scaping him self off the turf. 2.) Jordan Webb: Do NOT underestimate him. He has a rocket arm and put up crazy numbers in HS. Second year in this system, which promises to have a better running game, because Gill has enough OL now to sit the ones who stink. I look for Webb to be a real beast. Remember last year he inhereted a HORRIBLE OL, and NO Meier, Briscoe or Sharp. 3.) James Sims --Done! 4.) Speed! @ DE and LB and RB and WR and DB. Coach Gill promised speed and he delivered. Since Coach Gill is from the recruiting hot bed of Fort Worth Texas just look for more of the same. 5.)Confidence. Coach Gill has a quite confidence that makes players want to play for him. He just lacked an OL, Had no established weapons and no speed. He is getting it now. Look for a different football team. And by the way, my proof his players want to play for him..KU vs Colorado or as I call it ..The Thrilla on the Hilla. Rock Chalk!

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djhawk75 2 years, 9 months ago

This too from Keegan is nothing more than premature...conjecture. Well, I can play that game too. Look, the kid must be a very good QB. He wanted to stay home for college, so he chose CU. But changes in management lead him to reconsider. Coach Gill was astute enough to find a way to get the kid to commit to KU. He should be given that much credit. Maybe--again, this is conjecture--part of the deal was to let the kid stay for the summer. Now considering what we have in the way of personnel that's not a bad deal. We need QB's in the worst way. If the kid doesn't show that won't be good, but we go back to the recruiting trail. And if the kid does show, then that will lead to better recruiting in the future. So here's to hoping that he shows up an has a very good career at KU--which would be four years by the way, not just one. We could see then what Keegan will provide for conjecture.

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K10K7 2 years, 9 months ago

When is enough, enough? The truth is he is running out of time, either you want to come here or you don’t. I think if he truly wanted to be here, (like the rest of the team) then he would. He has earned nothing, we might have to move on and we are wasting time. Let him go to junior college....

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Ethan Berger 2 years, 9 months ago

Jimmy Johnson became the head coach of the Dallas cowboys in 1988. His first two seasons where forgettable, being the head coach of a team that would have the second worst record in franchise history. Within 6 years he had two Superbowl rings and if he would have stayed, most likely would have won 4 strait. The name of the game in coaching is Patience. When Jimmy coached his first couple of years, they were calling for his head. Trading their only pro bowler, then going 1-15. Things weren't looking good. But they turned out fine. Have we already forgotten that the year before turner came we went 5-7, then lost every superstar on that team. Lost are best returning starter (Tharp) due to injury. Lost it seemed half our team to injury. We went 3-9. Is Turner Gill the answer? I don't know, and none of us do. Should we just fire a guy based on 1 season? Do you want to be like the Raiders? Nothing good happens if you fire a coach after 1 year unless he has cheating, legal, or crazy issues. I'm confused on how people are saying this Brock thing is a Gill issue, Bobby Bowden was a man who strongly believed in second chances. His own players would get caught cheating and would take a handful of wins from the coaches record. You cannot base a coach of 1 season. We got blown out it seemed every game, yes, but so did the cowboys. They built a franchise, from scraps. Anything is possible. Lets wait before we say what a success and failure is.

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KCHawk81 2 years, 9 months ago

Nobody has addressed the real issue here, which is this: in Keegan's lede, he says we need to answer just two questions to play our name game. But "Name two record-setting NFL quarterbacks and former MVPs born in Pittsburgh who share an unusual middle name" isn't a question. Think I'm wrong? Then why is the next "question" also labeled "1."?

So where is the second question? We have three choices--the next question mark appears as an interruptive element: "sort of has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?" To me, that's clearly rhetorical. Moving on.

The next question mark is a tempting suspect, but look closely: "It’s easy to see where dealing with misdemeanor allegations might require Berglund to be in Colorado every now and then, but missing all the summer conditioning workouts?" "But missing all the summer conditioning workouts" is not even a dependent clause. Because Tom Keegan is a professional writer--he gets paid to use his words--I'll have to conclude that what would seem an unforgivable blunder was actually intentional. In other words, this is not question #2.

We have to go to the very last line to find the final question of our quarterback middle-name game. "Starting with a last-place Big 12 finish and a consensus pick for last, is it possible to build a dynasty by letting a player at the most important position continue to stand by the river, one toe in the water, while the rest of the players swim upstream to improve themselves?" That's a question, all right (although I'm not crazy about that modifier). And this brings us to the meat of the piece--a damn fine bit of investigative journalism:

Apparently, our strength and conditioning program consists of guys swimming in a river. I find this unacceptable. Swimming requires different muscles than football-playing. Unless our team does some actual running soon, they are going to be in a bad, bad way. Kudos, Tom, on bringing this to our attention.

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gchawk 2 years, 9 months ago

Keegan, I'm sure he's looking forward to meeting you as well.

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jayhawkinnebr 2 years, 9 months ago

Good job, Keegan. I like your articles because you tell it as is. We need to know the truth, and not give us the white wash that a lot of writers do. We all know Gill is not the coach we need here as Gill doesn't really care about winning but, how he can make himself look good when NU comes call for him to take over the HC at NU. There is a lot of stories going around up here about when Gill takes over NU, which is coming soon. There is already talk about Pelini leaving and going to the NFL, and Osborne has said that the next coach at NU will be Gill if he shows just a little improvement. Looks like Gill has a flop with Berglund.

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kureader 2 years, 9 months ago

Too much is being made about Berglund's potential for this year's season. Even if Berglund is able to put aside his recent problems, it's unlikely that he can make a contribution this year. The move from high school to division I college football is a big one, especially for a QB. He may have had a slight chance had he participated in Spring Ball, but that's water under the bridge. HIs decision not to participatge in summer conditioning in Lawrence is irrelevant.

We'll have to rely on the two or three guys we have already. I think we'll see real improvement from them this year. I'm interested in less "gossip" from Keegan about Berglund, and more good sports writing about the other QB's from Tait.

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kujakehawk 2 years, 9 months ago

GO BROCK BERGLUND!!!!!! after all this gets settled, i hope that not only is he our starting QB i want him to run for president. he has my vote, ill even wear my "F you Keegan" shirt.. he and his 3rd degree assault is nothing compared to what we are taking from obama.

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do267 2 years, 9 months ago

"I can’t wait to meet him to compare family trees to see if we might be related. I know we already have at least one thing in common, that being an apparent aversion to spring and summer conditioning workouts."

Hah! Good stuff Keegan.

Apparrantly if he is working out with the Broncos already they must have got wind that he is a combo of Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow, Micheal Vick.....

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irvan moore 2 years, 9 months ago

i still think BB is the best shot we have at being competitive, i just hope Gill isn't able to "coach" the heart right out of that kid turning him into a good citizen. Keegan is smarter than he looks, gets lots of reader reaction which probably equates to higher rating and possibly a bigger paycheck.

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Chris Bailey 2 years, 9 months ago

Dear Keegan,

The Enquirer Called! They need journalist's like you! Apply online at www.madeupshat/starmagazine.com.
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Signed

KU Sports Fans and Bloggers!

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Fred Davis 2 years, 9 months ago

While LJW is jamming Berglund information down our throat - and I understand, he's a three-star prospect at QB and KU needs a quarterback desperately - Michael Cummings is the kid who's going to end up taking this program to Reesing-like heights before its all said and done and Gill has stayed pretty mum about the kid for the most part, and that's a good thing... Not to mention, according to reporting here on KUSports, he's impressed his teammates and coaches, which clearly, Berglund has not... Put Berglund on the back burner, if he shows up, great, if he doesn't, who cares... There is no way at this point, even if he does show up, that this kid is going to seriously contend for a starting spot, much less a backup position... He sounds like a headcase whether he is or not, and like Keegan said, if the kid was the gamer he proclaims to be - a mix of "Michael Vick and Peyton Manning" - then he would've been at Spring and Summer workouts instead of beating up dudes over his girlfriend... Get over it man, if your girl is hot, dudes are going to holler at her... End of story. Either get your butt back to Lawrence, man up, get out on the football field and show Jayhawk Nation that you can play or take your drama back to Colorado and stay there... And Coach Gill, I love ya man, but it's time to put this kid's feet to the fire... A very bad precedent is being set here, it's one thing if this kid was a skill player, but he's your quarterback - head cases as quarterbacks don't end well...

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lama 2 years, 9 months ago

When did it become OK to savage a kid before he officially enters school? Not to mention the indecipherable lead (middle names?). Plenty to criticize about KU football -- not sure this is where I would start.

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Dyrk Dugan 2 years, 9 months ago

Keegan is just trying to cover his tail. he made a bold prediction, with no evidence, (it wasn't printed in his article anyway) that this kid would never suit up at KU. Now we know, that there's at least some other news in the matter of why he hasn't been here. Now it's obvious that the coaching staff has approved of his not being here, so it's not on the player...it's on the coaches.

But TK still needs Brock to be his whipping boy....since he already flogged him a few weeks ago. But again, he's 18....sounds like he probably made a mistake....or he's being railroaded....either way, all understandable. I bet if you talk to Brock one on one, he may regret not sticking it out on campus in the spring. (she must be a special girl....lol).

But again, Keegan goes too far in this one. Theorizing that one kid doesn't make a football program....whoever said that Brock would? He's got a pretty darn good pedigree....i would think he should be pretty darn good. But no one is that delusional that because of his abilities, he would warrant preferential treatment from our coaching staff...coming off of a 3-9 record and getting blasted in several league games. He'll get put through the paces starting Aug. 3..and if he's the best QB on the team, it will emerge. Through practice. and hard work. Do you think after what he's been through, he's going to waltz in here and expect the starting job? i highly doubt it....everyone gets humbled eventually.

Bottom line: an athletic, championship type QB. cocky as heck; and he's having a hard time of leaving the nest; and he's been humbled a bit with a legal proceeding. Doesn't sound like someone we can't deal with...again, Aug 3. thru the 24th or so, will tell us all we need to know.

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d_prowess 2 years, 9 months ago

Maybe if Tait had written this story people wouldn't be bashing the author as much and simply focus on the idea that Brock chose not to participate in Spring ball because he was homesick. That may have been fine 10-15 years ago, but in Big12 football now (or any top D1 conference), players get ready over the summer on-campus. Especially the QB position since they have so much to learn and have to develop chemistry with the team. Everyone needs to check their displeasure with the writer here for a minute and at least consider that the topic is right on!

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edjayhawk 2 years, 9 months ago

Note to Brock: Please don't read in to what our myth creating sportswriter Keegan says. You are still welcome here and we look forward to your careeer at KU. As far as your new coach, he will look at all of the facts and I believe that will clear the air.

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edjayhawk 2 years, 9 months ago

Keegan continues to try and destroy the football program which is struggling as it is now.

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edjayhawk 2 years, 9 months ago

Keegan continues to try and destroy the football program which is struggling as it is now.

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Kirk 2 years, 9 months ago

Congratulations, fellow KU football fans, for looking like morons yet again.

This is SUCH a basketball school. And NOT a football school.

Fans at a "football school" (i.e., most other programs in the conference) would have read an article from a critical columnist several weeks ago with a rather blase response: "Yeah, here's a hotshot recruit who may turn out to be something of a head case."

Instead, on the Interweb anyway, people who described Keegan as a "hater" responded with their own fusillade of hate, while holding to the high ground of "defending" an "18 year old kid". (Stop hating on a young athlete, man.)

But there never was any hate. Just regular old criticism. But the football faithful at KU continues to be too wimpy and thin skinned to believe for a second that a college age kid can handle anything but cheer leading.

That's why we couldn't handle Mangino. He was mean and nasty and tough.

Let's see how this continued wimpiness works out for us. So far not so good.

Meanwhile, fellow Hawks, you've been New Yorked. Keegan is sticking to his guns.

(And by the way, where's all the "visiting sick family" theorists? Yeah, I thought so.)

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Randy Maxwell 2 years, 9 months ago

Bravo Tom. This article is right on. The main point and the only point of this article is to say that this little and I say very little brush with the law had nothing to do with him missing summer workouts. How this kid can look his teammates in the face after what they went through this summer while he was taking it easy is beyond me.

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Jock Navels 2 years, 9 months ago

The unspoken issue here is...what's up with all this football before autumn. Back in the day, my high school team mate graduated with the rest of us in May, then was a flagman for the local asphalt company for the summer, hanging out, playing a little golf. Then in late August, his dad drove him up to Lawrence to play some football at tight end and go to school. Cool, huh?

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Marc Frey 2 years, 9 months ago

Pretty simple: Either you want to play or you don't. Keegan is correct in that Brock Berglund has had opportunities to be a part of the Jayhawk Football Program and it has been Brock Berglund that has chosen not to participate when he could.

As a person who played team sports and worked in professional sports, I understand the type of player who does not understand the concept of being a "team player". As of today, it appears to me, Burglund is not a "team player".

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DocBean 2 years, 9 months ago

I don't know why everyone is bashing Keegan. I agree with him.

Bottom line, if the kid would have gotten his butt to Lawrence to work with the team he wouldn't be in court.

Anyone calling him a kid, (like that gives him the right to make stupid decisions) is an idiot. He's old enough to go to war, he's a young man. Not a kid, just a dumbass.

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Patrick Leiker 2 years, 9 months ago

Keegan-

Not even going to read your story, but haven't you screwed the pouch on this big enough already that you should just let it go without further articles. That is what you get for taking internet message board rumors and writing an article based on them.

Oh, it was an opinion piece. You don't need any real information...right?

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 2 years, 9 months ago

"Had he stayed in Lawrence to participate in spring football, he wouldn’t need to fight in court to preserve his good name."

I fail to see the logic in this statement. No football player ever got in trouble in Lawrence? The zip code makes a difference?

"Rivals reported he was working out with the Broncos this summer and working quite hard."

It seems this tidbit should have been considered when this article was written. Thankfully, a READER knows the facts.

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jhawkln 2 years, 9 months ago

Keegan you are a fool! Chopping down a 18 year old without all the facts and criticizing a teenager for showing up to school on time (just not early). The media has grown ridiculous. Oh, by the way, it wasn't injuries that doomed Reesing, it was going out every night, hangovers, and a poor work ethic his senior year. Grow up Keegan.

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squawkhawk 2 years, 9 months ago

Brock Keegan is Tom Keegan's illegitimate son. That explains a lot.

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rob4lb 2 years, 9 months ago

As an avid alum and fan who lives out of town, I frequently check the local papers to get details on KU sports. I also find the fan comments to be interesting and in some cases compelling. I stopped reading comments in the Kansas City paper because they were just juvenile -- KU sucks, Missouri sucks, K-State sucks. The comments by the readers on LJW is much better, but the 'homerism' is sometimes over the top.

If anyone writes something the least big negative, there is a contingent of readers that get very defensive. The reporters have more information that I or any of the readers have because that is their job. I want to read their opinion. I don't want the reporters to act as cheerleaders trying to spin everything in a positive direction.

You have to live out of town (and I know a lot of the posters are also from out of town) to realize how irrelevent KU sports (with the exception of basketcall) is on the national scene.

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phog1004 2 years, 9 months ago

Wow....if people didn't stop reading Keegan, and he wasn't on the verge of getting canned after last time, I sure hope he is now, amd people stop reading his BS

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vd 2 years, 9 months ago

When is Keegan going to dump on the other 20 freshmen who missed spring football?

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HawknessMonster23 2 years, 9 months ago

"Brock Keegan Berglund — sort of has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?"

After reading this comment, I was ejected out of my office due to Keegan's mass ego coming through my computer screen. Vintage Keegs.

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IrishDaddy 2 years, 9 months ago

Keep the Heat on em Keegs, don't cave in to the Yellow Brick Road whiners.

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GoHawks1 2 years, 9 months ago

Everyone needs to peel back the onion. Read the last 4 paragraphs of the piece. The issue isn't Brock Berglund. The issue is the head coach.

As every day passes, I see Terry Allen Part II. Lack of discipline and different rules for different players. Both Turner and Terry are great guys, good recruiters, but not good football coaches. If Turner Gill is coaching KU 4 years from now I will eat my hat.

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Clarence Haynes 2 years, 9 months ago

"Gill’s attraction to coaching football seems to be more about helping teenage boys grow into confident men than about gaining acclaim for winning.

Still, he wants to win and win big, as he stated at the news conference held to announce his hiring.""

Both can be accomplished but difficult when the LJW Sports Editor writes scathing articles about athletically capable young who likely need the guidance from a person like Turner Gill.

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Clarence Haynes 2 years, 9 months ago

I kind of liken to go back to the "ole" days when the media would never have gotten a whiff of a situation like this, but this is a new day and age when it is the vogue thing to write articles such as this.

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Andy Tweedy 2 years, 9 months ago

The Reesing commentary isn't completely aligned with the facts. Sure, Todd Reesing came to school early and was a hero to KU fans everywhere. But even the great Todd Reesing was on track for a redshirt until Meier's injury forced MM to take a chance in one game. Just because we all thought this kid was the star recruit doesn't preclude him from redshirting either. When he does get here, I still can't imagine he was going to save anything in 2011.

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JHawk74 2 years, 9 months ago

I doubt Turner Gill expected Brock to come in and take the starting Quarterback role as a freshman. Maybe he gets a chance to play a few snaps in a game or two to get his feet wet. Brock is the future not the present at Quarterback. Redshirting him might be the best thing for him. He obviously has maturity issues. He sounds like a typical high school athlete that was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Most men would protect their girlfriends or spouses. Give Brock a chance to prove that he is the future quarterback at KU.

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longhawk 2 years, 9 months ago

You know, this kid sounds like a whiney brat, BUT when did an 18 year-old kid (allegedly) throwing a punch at another 18 year-old kid over a girl become something worthy of prosecution? What kind of a pansy world do we live in now?

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Eybea Opiner 2 years, 9 months ago

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blackhawkjayhawk 2 years, 9 months ago

I must be missing something.....since when is a columnist disallowed from writing opinion pieces on KU athletics and athletes? Keegan's piece simply straightens out a timeline and re-emphasizes the fact that this signee hasn't shown up. If he was a defensive tackle, it might not matter. For the heir apparent and on-field combination of Unitas, Starr, Brady, Manning, Montana and Marino, he might be getting off on the wrong foot.

I suspect Keegan was right the first time - we won't ever see him in a KU uniform. I wish him well as he sorts out his legal affairs and moves on with his life. He still has many options available and plenty of time to get on track with his collegiate career.

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rastameta 2 years, 9 months ago

Keegan is the biggest loser. He doesn't even come close to knowing all the facts. Rivals reported he was working out with the Broncos this summer and working quite hard.

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kujakehawk 2 years, 9 months ago

keegan- seriously.. shut up. EVERYONE is tired of hearing you bash brock berglund. IS THERE NOTHING OR NOONE ELSE TO TALK ABOUT?!?! You would be the sole reason noone likes him. I for one would have done the same thing that he did if someone was harassing my girlfriend. I think that what he did was awesome actually he really cares for someone and he showed everyone he has some fight in him. This isnt even about football with you anymore. I seriously dont know how someone can have such a hard on about bashing an 18 year old for his decisions. He doesnt owe you anything. If he doesnt ever come and stay in lawrence i blame you and your propaganda for that. Also.. get off of the todd reesing kick. YES todd was the best QB that ku has ever had and one of the most underrated and nationally underappreciated guys ever. but that is the past. MOVE ON! You seriously are having the worst hangover from having a good few seasons. I hope that Brock comes and gets the job and blows your mind with his play. I personally would walk around campus with a F YOU KEEGAN t-shirt. You seriously have a awesome job that a lot of us out here would love to have and you take advantage and bore everyone with your brock berglund stories, which arent always even true. get a life, and get your tent out of his back yard and let the kid live. CREEP.

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KU_Alumn_2000 2 years, 9 months ago

This is the kind of adversity Berglund can turn into a positive.

Brock I hope you pull through this with character and poise. If you do...you will establish a mental toughness that will make create success on and off the field.

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Geekinout 2 years, 9 months ago

Michael Cummings! When back to 100% healthy, I believe this is the guy that's going to be the starter. Sadly, probably won't see him until next season. I don't know any of the true facts, just the handful of rumors, but Berglund's interest in putting on a KU uniform is similar to that of Micah Downs.

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kwahyaj25 2 years, 9 months ago

Been reading and loving LJW's coverage of KU for years, but this is the first time I've felt compelled to comment on a story. I don't love Keegan but have understood that LJW is a small paper with a probably limited budget. I'm a big fan of the reporting done by Tait and others on KU Sports.

But this Berglund stuff -- why single out a kid like this who is obviously having personal issues and isn't even really on campus yet? I know there's a story here, but negatively-tilted speculation about a just graduated high school student from your lead columnist pushes the boundaries in an unnecessary and ungrounded manner. This article feels like more speculation and taking a shot at a young athlete by a columnist who seems most interested in defending a questionable position (when he clearly didn't have close to all the facts) in the writing of an earlier column.

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redlegger 2 years, 9 months ago

"I know we already have at least one thing in common, that being an apparent aversion to spring and summer conditioning workouts".

Oh come on Tom, don't be so hard on yourself - I'm sure that you put in your fair share of 12 oz curls!

Ahperse - you may try and deny it, but you're the biggest homer of all (of what I don't know). By the way, what "truth" are you referring to - the fact that Brock and Tom share a name - you're right, that does kind of hurt.

Have a great day everyone (hopefully we get some rain soon)!

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 9 months ago

the "homers" are going to set a football posting record on this article. sorry guys, truth hurts!

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Ferd Magellan 2 years, 9 months ago

Gill is the one to blame for Berglund not being in town, yet you refuse to let up. Made a fool by KCTV 5 and still kicking.

Your editorials have become no different than Woodling's. I done reading them and commenting after them. Enjoy tearing apart 18 year old kids based on the opinions of others without direct knowledge from the accused themselves. I hope he tells you to piss off when you try to ask him a question in the next interview sessions.

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