The Kansas Jayhawks have finally released quarterback Brock Berglund from his scholarship and will allow him to transfer to another school. Berglund's situation has been different then most other players as he had to sit out the 2011 season due to a third-degree felony charge in his home state of Colorado; those chargers were finally dismissed this past week.
Berglund decided that he wanted to transfer when Kansas brought in Dayne Crist from Notre Dame and Jake Heaps from BYU, and Beglund saw the writing on the wall that he would be buried on the depth chart and decided to transfer. However, Kansas denied him to contact other schools and held up their decision even after Beglund was released from the team for not attending a mandatory team meeting.
Head coach Charlie Weis released a statement about Berglund transferring from Kansas:
"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 shown 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."
This is coming from a head coach who has had three job in three years, so Weis' comments do not carry too much weight.
So far Berglund has not given Kansas a list of schools that he is looking to transfer too, but reports are that he is looking at Hawai'i, Washington and Liberty, which happens to be where former Kansas coach Turner Gil is now the head coach.
The length of this issue probably could have been avoided, because what is the harm in releasing a kid who does not want to be at the school.