Charlie Weis has people talking about Kansas football, though how many times is it in a positive sense? The NFL offensive guru has flashed his prodigious ego again. Weis finally granted quarterback Brock Berglund his release, but not before assuaging his hurt feelings by reaming the young quarterback.
Berglund, a 2011 commit, enrolled at Kansas in the spring. He was involved in an altercation and charged with assault at a house party during a trip home to Colorado in April and sat out the 2011 season as he fought the charges, which were dropped.
He requested his release after Charlie Weis took over for the coach who recruited him, Turner Gill. Kansas denied his request, denied permission to speak to other coaches and released him only when faced with a battle before the Kansas Student-Athlete Appeals Board. Weis dismissed Berglund from the team after he skipped a mandatory meeting on Jan. 15.
Here, via Andy Staples, is Weis’ statement.
“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.”
Berglund did not want to play for Weis and requested a transfer, justifiable given the turnover and his personal situation. Weis’ petulant response was to inform the public he was a wastrel, a coward, dishonest, flippant, full of himself and not a team player. Keep it classy, Charlie.
We hope Weis fired off an email to Berglund, informing him he will regret his decision come late April, when he sees where John Brantley gets drafted.
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