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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Matt Tait’s football notebook: Sheahon Zenger comments briefly on Brock Berglund situation

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There’s still no word on the appeal process for former KU quarterback Brock Berglund, who made more news last week by sending a press release penned by his attorney informing the media that KU had not released him to transfer.

Prior to Monday’s men’s basketball game against Texas A&M, KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger discussed the situation briefly.

“This is a teachable moment for everyone involved,” Zenger said. “And it’s about the fact that there is a right way to exit a program. I am confident that as the appeals process plays out, we will come to a good resolution, and I look forward to moving on with the players we have.”

Sources have said Berglund likely will be released, and it could come by the end of the week.

QB switches to Baylor

Former KU target Seth Russell, of Garland (Texas) High, has switched his commitment, moving from KU, where he committed last summer, to Baylor.

The 6-4, 195-pound dual-threat QB was recruited to KU by the previous coaching staff and had stuck with the Jayhawks after meeting Weis recently. Russell took his official visit to Baylor last weekend.

Crawley commits to CU

Four-star cornerback Kenneth Crawley, of Washington D.C., announced on Twitter that he had orally committed to Colorado, where he will join two of his high school teammates, including defensive end and former KU commitment De’Jon Wilson.

Crawley, 6-1, 170, visited KU over the weekend.

Comments

Cmill1221 2 years, 6 months ago

I heard SZ was on the radio talking about this. The assumption is that there is some event that BB took place in or did something (other than being a tool and missing a meeting) that pissed some KU officials off. Any one hear anything about that?

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april28 2 years, 6 months ago

Sounds about right, I wouldn't be surprised. Again, I'm happy that KU did not cave. After his latest performance, I'm guessing that Mr. Berglund wil be doing his football rehab at a school we haven't heard of.

Matt: Where's my morning football recruiting story?

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april28 2 years, 6 months ago

Oops. My bad. Found it. Under the Kentucky headline? C'mon Man!

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Andy Hess 2 years, 6 months ago

That's from yesterday. Check out the timestamp on the article.

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troutsee 2 years, 6 months ago

Like I said before. I have no sympathy for this kid. He has been jerking KU around for a year. Now he is the one crying foul. Give me a break

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Andy Tweedy 2 years, 6 months ago

I hope KU puts this all behind them, but this is truly one recruit I can do without. I know we're losing out on Peyton Manning, Michael Vick, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers all rolled into one, but this kid seems like a total drama queen!

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Bangkok_Jayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

Sounds like he was a jerk on the way out. They probably intended on releasing him but weren't too keen on the way he went about asking for it. Sounds like Brock has a habit of making poor decisions.

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Ryan Shelton 2 years, 6 months ago

I say cut ties with Brock and release him. He's not dumb. He understands that bad press is something KU would like to avoid, especially with recruiting impressionable kids. Our former coach granted him permission to stay in Colorado and take care of his personal affairs- hence he was only doing what he was told to do. So despite his lack of production (yeah, it's a euphemism) he needs to go his way, and we need to go ours. I say close the book on that page before February 1st.

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danmoore 2 years, 6 months ago

The sooner the better. KU can not win this pr war.

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Anonymous58 2 years, 6 months ago

This is NO pr war. The kid committed to KU, came at semester but didn't want to join his teammates and work hard. He had to go HOME every weekend to see his girlfriend and then decided to just QUIT spring ball and come in the summer. Then he never shows up to a team and school still awaiting his arrival with open arms. Then some trouble...etc. etc. he had a chance to come to a program and be a big fish and get a lot of experience. Our AD is correct...it is a learning experience and kids need to know a commitment is a commitment...then LET HIM GO. Charlie will do just fine without BB!!!

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danmoore 2 years, 6 months ago

You are 100% correct but unfortunately the truth doesn't matter. It's a big powerful university against a 19 year old kid and in the few media outlets outside of Kansas that have covered this story they have already painted KU as the bad guy.

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Cmill1221 2 years, 6 months ago

Well I'm glad I'm a KU fans and the other media outlets don't matter to me. Haha. He is a problem child. The truth always come out and this 19yr old kid is going to eventually look like a 19yr old Brat who has a laundry list of issues. No matter what outlet you look at.

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kureader 2 years, 6 months ago

Zenger has it under control, and he referred to the real issue. NCAA programs have 400+ atheletes, so transfer issues arise frequently. Their world can't revolve around Berglund or any other individual kid whose parents think they can manipulate KU by hiring attorneys. KU is just trying to run a program in a consistent way. With this issue and most other issues, courts and others responsible for providing oversight will look at a school's past practices. This kid will probably get his release, but not until Zenger is ready.

I wasn't sure about Zenger in the beginning (I questioned whether his ultimate loyalty will be to K-State), but he's demonstrating good judgement and a willingness to stand his ground in the face of criticism. He was quiet during the entire realignment process, when many thought he should be making public comments. Given that KU didn't have many cards to play, Zenger handled things appropriately (can't say the same for the administrations at Oklahoma, Missouri, and Oklahoma State). And, he made a bold decision hiring Weis, a decision that has showed surprisingly good results with recent recruiting successes.

As Zenger implied, it'll be nice when the Berglund fiasco is behind us and we can talk about athletes who want to show up and contribute.

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JayHok 2 years, 6 months ago

Weis is meeting with a Juco National champion QB on Wednesday, Turner Dale. Pro style QB with some top schools on his list. Florida, Miami, Notre Dame, Stanford, Cal.

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Bangkok_Jayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

Not all of them... Some don't fit, but some will.

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Mike Ardis 2 years, 6 months ago

CW, KU AND Zenger are small and petty on this one. All this junk about a right way and wrong way to exit a program...While having Gill as coach for even one day was one day too many, most of the rest of the football world thought KU was wrong to give Gill only two years and that KU getting rid of him (which they should have) was the "wrong way" So KU can do things the "wrong way" yet holds some freshman that they have no use for to a higher standard. What a joke! Since they rolled over on Gill is this there way of taking a stand?

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Keith Hummel 2 years, 6 months ago

So KU should make decisions based on what the rest of the football world thinks? Is that your point? You admit that Gill had to go, yet you criticize KU for making the right decision about him? I guess I'm not following your logic. The rest of the football world thinks KU will never have a decent football program. They think basketball is the only sport that will ever matter on the hill. They think the Weis hire was a terrible decision. They think KU never produced any NFL player of any merit, and we have the worst fans, and the worst facilities, and on and on and on. I'm confident that anyone in the "football world" who looks closely at the Berglund situation will see that KU is actually taking the high road, and that Brock Berglund is nothing but trouble.

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Mike Ardis 2 years, 6 months ago

No, it's about consistency. Zenger wanted Gill gone so bad he all but packed up $6m in suitcases for Gill so he could hit the road. KU should fax, fed-ex, express mail, whatever, BB his release and tell him to hit the road. Instead the geniuses at KU decide that the PR impact of portraying KU as being small and petty to recruits is worth it to make a stand about "right" and "wrong," even though a lot of people (not me) said KU was "wrong" to only give Gill two years. Are the facts about this case really ever going to sink into with high school recruits or are they just going to "hear" that KU held BB hostage? Time to cut losses with this recruit before KU loses recruits because of this.

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Keith Hummel 2 years, 6 months ago

OK, cool - I get your point. You are probably right that most people will never know or understand the truth behind this story. And you could be right that this will be hurt KU more than it will help them from a PR perspective. And, as you say, after gift-wrapping 6 mil to make Gill disappear, what's the big deal about cutting our losses on this kid and moving on. I just think the AD is making a federal case out of this because they want to make a point to the other athletes about what will and will not be tolerated. Reading the remarks from Keeston Terry and Darian Miller made me realize there are probably quite a few guys with a chip on their shoulder right now, even among those who have remained. I think that's normal with a coaching change, but I think Weis and Zenger want to keep it in check, and perhaps using Berglund as an example is part of that process. Just pure speculation of course. I do agree that this needs to go away soon however.

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JayHok 2 years, 6 months ago

Weis has a couple more All American juco players he's working on according to slant. A D tackle and an offensive lineman. Tavai and Fanaika .

Good schools going after these guys, UCLA and Texas Tech to name a couple.

RCJ

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Keith Hummel 2 years, 6 months ago

I am so tired of this kid's shenanigans. KU catered to this kid in every way possible, and all they've gotten in return is trouble. It wasn't KU's fault that he got himself into a legal jam, but the University stood by him throughout. Now that the University has decided to stop catering to him, he decides to have a tantrum and lawyer-up. Unbelievable!!! Reportedly all Weis did was tell Berglund that he would NOT be the starting QB this coming season. Duh! That's all it took to set him off? He hasn't had any real practice time at KU, and hasn't proven a darn thing yet, so how could he possibly think he would be a starter? If he is such an amazing amalgamation of Manning and Vick, then couldn't he earn that starting spot with ease? And this stuff about how he just wanted to get some advice from other football coaches about his career is BS, and we all know it. No one asks for permission to talk to other coaches unless they are planning to transfer. He should have felt obligated to repay KU for how the University of stood by him, but instead he lawyers-up at the first sign that he isn't getting the respect he thinks he's entitled to. I hope the University continues to stand it's ground on this so it's clear the days of KU getting punked by prima donna's like Berglund is over.

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Anonymous58 2 years, 6 months ago

That is exactly right. Where was mommy and daddy when he wasn't living up to his commitment? Then when he pouts about not being the BMOC, mommy and daddy get him a lawyer. KU will let him go when the time is right. This is what is wrong with so many of our athletes today. If you don't want to work hard and earn your play time you don't belong in D1 sports.

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