Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Brock Berglund sad to see Turner Gill go

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.


Although he spent nearly all of the 2011 season away from the team, Kansas University freshman quarterback Brock Berglund expressed disappointment over the news of the firing of former KU coach Turner Gill.

“I love coach Gill,” Berglund told the Journal-World on Monday. “He was a great man and a great football coach, and he really represented the University of Kansas well.”

Berglund, a three-star, dual-threat quarterback from Valor Christian High in Highlands Ranch, Colo., graduated from high school a semester early last December and intended to come to Kansas for spring practice to get a jump start on his college career.

Legal trouble back home, stemming from an alleged assault, kept Berglund from being in Lawrence full-time, and he spent the entire fall semester taking online classes through KU from his home in Colorado.

Through it all, he kept an eye on the KU football program, even attending games at Georgia Tech, Texas and Texas A&M.; He said he had not been in Lawrence since August but was working hard to remain eligible.

“Right now, I’m just focused on taking care of my academics and my classes and working out and getting back on campus,” he said. “I’m taking care of what I need to take care of. I’m excited to see who they name as the new head coach and will take it one step at a time.”

Asked if KU remained an option despite Gill no longer being in charge, Berglund did not hesitate to answer.

“Oh, absolutely,” he said.

Since hearing the news of Gill’s firing Sunday, Berglund said both Gill and offensive coordinator Chuck Long had been in contact with him on a couple of occasions. Although their futures remain uncertain, Berglund is sticking to the time table he’s had all along.

“The plan the whole time has been to return to KU on Jan. 17,” said Berglund, referencing the beginning of the spring semester. “Coach Gill and I just thought it was in my best interest, and the best interest of KU athletics and the football team, to stay here and get this resolved this semester and start fresh in the spring. And that is still the plan.”

The next key date in Berglund’s legal battle is Jan. 10, which marks the beginning of a three-day trial for third-degree assault in Colorado’s Douglas County.


KU_Alumn_2000 10 years, 2 months ago

If Leach is hired...he likely brings his own QB to run the spread...along with a couple of 6ft 3 burners from Texas that can catch the ball.

It won't take much to transition our offense back to a spread format and have success with it. Getting the right QB will be the main challenge. The offensive line with Spikes and Hawkinson already has the spread experience.

Got to get some dang DEFENSIVE LINEMEN. Oh boy that will be our biggest challenge for our new coach.

Ted Toulouse 10 years, 2 months ago

Spikes is a senior but Hawkinson will be back.

Agreed on the d-line needs

hawk316 10 years, 2 months ago

I'm glad that Brock is still committed to KU despite the coaching change. As we all know, such changes can often result in the loss of recruits, especially when they have such high regard for the coach as Berglund apparently has for Gill. This, by the way, seems to be a consistent theme regarding Turner Gill. Players, staff and those who had personal contact with him respected and loved him. It's unfortunate that he did not get more time at KU to see if he could translate his amazing impact on those around him into a winning program.

This will strike certain readers as a ridiculous statement, but I hope Gill's departure does not have a negative impact on our recruiting. Obviously, one would think that KU's dismal showing would discourage players from coming to KU, but Turner Gill's amazing way with people, along with his gifted staff, enabled him to influence young players to want to play for him. Let's hope our next coach is also a gifted recruiter, and just as important, is given the time necessary to develop those recruits.

KU 10 years, 2 months ago

"......but Turner Gill's amazing way with people, along with his gifted staff, enabled him to influence young players to want to play for him." How can you type that without cracking yourself up?? Young people would love to play for the Easter Bunny and the Pied Piper, too, but how many football games would they win?? Turner Gill is a good man, but he is not a great football head coach. He lacks the intellect and the CEO skills necessary to get the results we all expect. And yes, he may be too nice. Tom Osborne and Bill Snyder are examples of nice men who are great leaders that know if the CEO is going to be "good cop" he HAS to surround himself with assistants who can play "bad cop" and get the results on the field. Gill, based on the nature of his assistants, seems to think young men are going to play the right way if they like all their coaches. Sometimes, you just have to scare the BEJEEZUZ out of kids to get them to play the right way. Did some kids want to run through brick walls for Turner Gill?? Sure.....but they were the wrong walls or they missed their assignments on the way to running through brick walls.

KU_Alumn_2000 10 years, 2 months ago

Was under the impression that Spikes got a medical red shirt last season and will have one more year. I could be wrong though...but for some reason I was thinking that.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 2 months ago

I'm recalling an article earlier this year saying that he didn't get the medical.

Eric Williams 10 years, 2 months ago

Keep in mind there are a ton of scholarships to work with this year. Whoever takes over...this is their team.

Micky Baker 10 years, 2 months ago

I believe Brock Berglund will be the starting QB in 2012. Christian Matthews will be a WR that can line up on the outside, inside, or even come out of the backfield.

Taking a look at the arsenal on Offense (Running Backs a default strength).

Jackson and Sheperd on the outside with Christian Matthews. Kale Pick in the slot with Beshears and Patterson(if he get's a medical redshirt) can also line up in the backfield or as a flanker.

Brock Berglund won't have the pressure on his back either.

I believe that we have three solid defenders on defense that will return, McDougald and Operum being the top two. With the right coaching, and the addition to some speed that we had on this roster (But who Gill did not use nor did he coach), and we will improve from a year ago, even if it's just to the middle of the road (25 to 30 pts. per game allowed) KU Goes bowling next year with the the right selection at Head Coach, but I do think that if we get a defensive minded coach that hires a real good offensive coordinator (4 star recruits on both sides of the ball will be common, and Leach could bring in some 5 star offensive players).

Marcia Parsons 10 years, 2 months ago

I'm not sure I understand that last paragraph. Are you calling Leach a "defensive minded coach"?

KU_Alumn_2000 10 years, 2 months ago

Jordan Webb will not be our starting QB next season. Still blows my mind watching Gill bring him back in that Missouri game after Mathews was finally moving the offense. wow

actorman 10 years, 2 months ago

You said it, Alum. That was a perfect example of the cluelessness of Gill's tenure. The one thing that seemed to be working well was CM at QB. Why on earth would he have changed that? I'm still completely mystified by the decision.

Brak 10 years, 2 months ago

Yea because Tony Pierson and Darrian Miller suck. He may not have been the best coach but he knew how to recruit, the cupboard is certainly not bare. Who knows how Berglund will turn out but he is certainly better than our other options right now.

Eric Williams 10 years, 2 months ago

lol what does Barmann have to do with Gill?

Barmann was a freshman in 2003 which means he was recruited by Mangino AND played for Mangino.

Are you saying Berglund is similar to Barmann?

johnnyhrdwd 10 years, 2 months ago

Leach's qb's at Tech were never highly touted out of high school.

Nick Cole 10 years, 2 months ago

But they won in college and that's all that matters, since, you know, this isn't the pros...

Todd Reesing ring any bells for ya buddy?

bradh 10 years, 2 months ago

Why would you have an article about BB missing TG? The kid hasn't been on campus and hardly met Turner Gill. I'd think you'd have a better story by talking to the kids who actually worked with and played for Coach Gill.

Carter Patterson 10 years, 2 months ago

Maybe because BB might be our QB next year?

BC5 10 years, 2 months ago

Wow, you really don't know anything do you?

Bion Ostrander 10 years, 2 months ago

Interesting that two former all-american QBs in Gill and Long never could attract a 4-star or better big-time QB to KU (Brock is a 3-star and not considered big-time in my book), but then again what big-time QB wants to hand-off to running backs on the first two downs and then be put in a predictable 3rd and long passing down and scramble for your life!

If Leach is the next coach, I am sure curious if he has maintained some recruiting effort on his own - - similar to the recruits that Huggins had in his pocket when he went to K-State to coach (albeit football is completely different than b-ball).

Regardless of the next coach, I hope KU returns to a spread or pro offense similar to the Mangino years. I believe that is the fastest way to narrow the gap between KU and the upper tier programs, I don't foresee KU ever becoming a team that can consistently run the ball between the tackles on first and second downs per the Gill plan (that would require that KU always has great running backs and a great offensive line, and that is probably too much to ask).

Plus, KU needs to bring in some juco help at the defensive line position as a quick fix there.

I am not necessarily rooting for Leach as the next coach, I just want KU to perform a proper and detailed due diligence coaching selection process - - I don't think that happened for any coaching position during the Perkins years.

Rock chalk...

Eric Williams 10 years, 2 months ago

Interesting that they only had 1 recruiting class.

With that logic, Leach better bring in 5-star recruits this off-season or he's a useless coach.

troutsee 10 years, 2 months ago

Webb will not be the starting QB for KU next year. And for Berglund, he has yet to convince me that is heart is into playing college football. Hopefully, he will as he would seem to have that dual threat which KU desparately needs at that position.

jhox 10 years, 2 months ago

The clips I've seen of Berglund tell me he would be a perfect spread offense QB. Big, strong arm, good open field runner. I suspect Leach would have a tough time finding someone better suited to the style of offense he runs. I'm sure that's why this article was printed, to let Leach know there is a guy capable of running that offense who is already a KU student. Now will Brock be able to live away from Denver for an extended period of time? That's the only question I would have. His first stint here didn't last long, and neither did his second. We need to find the young man a hot girlfriend in Lawrence.

Randy Glenn 10 years, 2 months ago

Berglund seems to b afraid to b in Lawrence--attending 3 away games--hows that going to change by Jan. 17th. I agree about Webb-Gill never tried anyone else but him. Time to start another new era and get excited about someone new----again. Rock Chalk

Andy Tweedy 10 years, 2 months ago

A three day trial for 3rd degree assault? Just what exactly did this kid do?

Jhawknation82 10 years, 2 months ago

This is exactly what i was thinking. I guess I foolishly thought this whole thing was just a kid defending his girlfriend.

irvan moore 10 years, 2 months ago

finally, i know what happened to the kid from colorado

TaskForce 10 years, 2 months ago

The following are quotes from above web site: • by christine Location: colorado on Sep 4, 2011 at 12:57 AM Hate to burst anyones bubble, but I have known this kid for years...all the way back to 'little league' football and baseball...other than arrogance and natural athletic ability there is little else to this boy. His character leaves a lot to be desired. It's never nice to see someone self destruct, but in Brocks case, it is not at all unexpected. I wish himluck, I think he's going to need it. • by Hawkins Location: KC on Aug 14, 2011 at 10:03 AM Mark, Boulder told this kid to leave, just for the reasons that KU are seeing. Burglund was not defending his girlfriend, he was bothering her. It is a lot deeper then people think, I don't think Turner has a clue! Kinda funny Burglung shows up for photos at media day then leaves, comes back for the first day Then leaves. HA!

kugrad93 10 years, 2 months ago

I looked this up online. Depending on which lawyer site you believe, third-degree assault in Colorado could be punishable by up to two or three years in jail. Here's one example:

Under Colorado law, Third-Degree Assault is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by a county jail sentence of up to two years and a fine of up to $5,000. Third-Degree Assault is one of the few misdemeanor charges in Colorado that, for enhanced sentencing purposes, is considered an extraordinary risk crime.

Assault in the Third Degree, as defined in Title 18 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, is committed when a person knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another or negligently causes bodily injury to another by means of a deadly weapon.

Third-Degree Assault is most commonly charged in domestic violence cases in which one party claims the other caused them physical harm, but without the infliction of serious injuries or the use of a weapon. Third-Degree Assault also is a common criminal charge in situations involving bar fights and physical disputes. In Denver, it has become an accompanying charge in DUI cases in which a DUI suspect causes an accident that results in minor injuries.

A conviction for a Third-Degree Assault charge in Colorado might involve time behind bars, supervised probation with offender-specific classes and therapy, monitored sobriety and a permanent black mark on a background check that could interfere with future opportunities.

Dyrk Dugan 10 years, 2 months ago

one of the key failures of the Turner Gill viable QB to run Chuck Long's offense.

Kale Pick was given no chance. Webb wins the GTech game but never won a Big 12 game. Mecham was the QB for the greatest comeback in KU FB history....and Gill's only league win.

Berglund was the guy to assume the role...but man, what a mess it's been. all these legal issues came about, because he was in Colorado, when he shoud have been here. Homesick? i mean, c'mon.

i think BB, if he gets all of this nonsense behind him...and he dedicates himself to Kansas football, could be a very good QB in a Leach system...or whoever the coach is. you know we're not going to run the veer, or single wing....we're going to throw the ball. the problem is, in college FB, your QB has to be able to make plays with his feet and athleticsm...not just his arm. and Webb was not an athlete at all.

with the start we had, and the veteran o-line we had plus the frosh RBs...our offense should have been a real force. and it turned out to be the worst in the Big 12.

Jeff Hargate 10 years, 2 months ago

What happened to Michael Cummings? Is he still a viable candidate to start next season?

Robert Brock 10 years, 2 months ago

Yes, he is a viable candidate to start next season. My guess is that He Is The One!

Andy Tweedy 10 years, 2 months ago

Brock? God, I hope this isn't Brock Berglund telling us Cummings is the guy!

TaskForce 10 years, 2 months ago

Competition will be wide open for the following five (5) QB candidates: Webb, Jablonski, Cummings, and the two incoming freshman. Berglund would be #6 if he shows up and stays to compete (and does not go back home for the 5th time). The next starting QB needs the ability to find his #2 and #3 receivers, have a quick release, and the guts to throw over the middle. Leach will like Jablonski, at 6'3" and 210 lbs.

Jim Stauffer 10 years, 2 months ago

Probably the best athlete Leach ever signed was Crabtree and he was a 4 star. Leach uses his personnel better than most and that is the reason he succeeds with 3 star players.

If we can recruit a couple of DT's he can take the current personnel and go to a bowl game next year.

manginodrh00lz 10 years, 2 months ago

We already lost one from Washington DC - now going to CU.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 2 months ago

De'Jon Wilson (Woodson HS) Washington, DC 6-2.5/230/4.70 None Yes Committed to Colorado

Ooos, almost right.

Ty McKinney (Trinity Valley) Athens, TX 6-3/300 Verbal Yes Committed to Kansas

Lance Cheney 10 years, 2 months ago

We definitely need a running quarterback, be it Matthews or Berglund (is he a runner?). It just adds a whole other element to your offense, making it very tough to defend (Webb can't run OR pass, he needs to be shown the door). I direct you to look at K-State. Without Colin Klein, they're lucky to break .500 this year. But look where having a QB that can run has gotten them, and his passing sucks! Maybe I'm wrong, that's just how I see it. The only problem, as KSU has found out, is that once you get down by 2 touchdowns, it's all over.

Jayhawker111 10 years, 2 months ago

To Icjayhawk:

You say we need a running QB...

If Leech is hired his QB will throw --not run.....

Lance Cheney 10 years, 2 months ago

Well if he can throw accurately, to receivers who can get open and make plays, then I'm fine with that!

irvan moore 10 years, 2 months ago

one of the reasons some of the players liked tg and hated to see him go was they got playing time and with another coach they probably will not.

JayHawkFanToo 10 years, 2 months ago

I am curious to know if Leach maintained relationships with potential recruits, Being out of coaching would actually have given him and edge, as he would not be constrained by NCAA sure worked out great for Huggins while he was out of coaching.

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