Charlie Weis’ bouts of dickishness don’t come as a surprise, but there’s some true chutzpah to the story of former Kansas quarterback Brock Berglund that manages to elevate Weis’ reputation.
… On Dec. 27, Berglund, a freshman quarterback, sent athletic director Sheahon Zenger an email asking permission to speak to other coaches, but made it clear he had not decided whether he was transferring.
Seven days later — the last day Kansas could respond without forfeiting its right to hold Berglund to his scholarship commitment — Berglund’s request was denied and, just to make sure it didn’t have to send a separate letter, Kansas also denied any potential transfer request.
That didn’t stop Berglund from submitting an official transfer request on Jan. 15 as well as a notice that he would not be at a mandatory team meeting on Jan. 16. Berglund said he spoke with his lawyer about the meeting and worried that if he attended the meeting it would lock him into another semester at Kansas.
“We had been talking about that meeting for a week or more and just how we were going to handle it,” Berglund said. “In essence, once you show up on campus that day of that meeting, you would have locked yourself in for the next semester. And if you don’t finish the semester you make yourself academically ineligible to transfer. So, that meeting marked a lot more than just a mandatory team meeting.”
Berglund’s failure to attend the meeting was the reason given for his dismissal… [Emphasis added.]
Catch 22, sucker. Now go to class so Weis’ APR problems don’t get any worse. And on the way, don’t forget to thank the NCAA for enabling coaches like Weis to bully student-athletes they didn’t sign and don’t really want.
With just a week to go until the bowl game, the buffet gets a little Sparty.
- Vince Dooley would consider this news a lot bigger than some: MSU suspends its long snapper for the Outback Bowl.
- Can someone explain to me why Chris Petersen would be interested in the Penn State job?
- LSU’s fullback questions the manhood of Auburn’s defensive players. (Actually, he doesn’t question it; he comes right out about it.)
- If I’m a coach thinking of taking a job with Illinois, I’m reading my contract very carefully.
- One more reason the 2012 SEC schedules haven’t appeared yet: But we were told by one SEC employee last week that “it may be necessary to break up one pair of rivals for 2012 only.”
- You wonder about an Outback Bowl letdown when you read stuff like this: “The Spartans spelled out their goals entering this season with the four-letter acronym “P4RB” – play for the Rose Bowl by winning a second straight Big Ten title.”
- This is sort of the interception analogue to the famous Tyrone Prothro TD catch off the defender’s back, except goofier looking.
- Sad, but true: Charlie Weis gets commitments from two quarterbacks who lost their starting spots at other schools and it’s hailed as a major step up for the quarterbacking situation at Kansas. Too bad he can’t fix the defense like that.
- Here’s a look at Mark Dantonio’s track record at Michigan State.
- “It doesn’t get more American than whiskey.”
This recruiting blurb is so chock full of teh awesome that I hardly know where to begin.
But lemme try, anyway: Charlie Weis, “known mostly for his recruiting prowess”, has picked up his first commitment at Kansas, a seventy-inch tall, 160-pound receiver whose dad coached for Weis at Notre Dame and whose high school coach is joining Weis’ Jayhawk staff. Sounds like Charlie really had to break a sweat to sway this kid to switch his commitment from… Northern Illinois.
That’s not the best part, though. Here’s the cherry on top of the sundae.
“He runs tremendous routes, shows terrific hands and blazing speed,” analyst Tom Lemming said of Parmalee. “In fact, coaches at Bishop Miege said he has the best hands and ran the best routes they’ve ever seen at the high school level.”
Just like old times! Get a room, you two.
I’ve been searching for Michigan State news on Big Ten blogs and such, but as you can imagine, Jerry Sandusky and Urban Meyer have sucked most of the oxygen out of the tent. So apologies for the paucity of info on that front…
My, how things change.
Will Muschamp, March 14, 2011:
“I want to hire the best in the business,” Muschamp said. “I don’t want a bunch of guys that are going to agree with everything I say, because … I don’t have all the answers, especially on the offensive side of the ball. You hire somebody that’s got high expertise on that side of the football and that’s what we did.”
Will Muschamp, December 9, 2011:
“I will hire the best offensive coordinator in the country,” Muschamp said. “We need to improve offensively. Pretty obvious.”
Coaching for a season in Florida must have knocked some stupid into Charlie’s brain cells. He’s not exactly arguing about that now.
“I’m not in here to wave a magic wand. There are a lot better coaches than me. There are guys that are smarter, guys that have accomplished more,” Weis said.
Anyway, with those high standards, it’s not going to be easy to find the right kind of guy for Gainesville. Coach Will’s not even going to bother trying to field a full staff for the bowl game. Maybe he figures he can borrow a couple of extra coaches from Ohio State. Corch won’t mind, will he?
Translation from the original Weis: “Florida had its worst season in over twenty years. And Meyer’s already cherry picked his guys from the staff. What head coach in his right mind would want the leftovers?”
Although Coach Will says it’s all good because he’s already won the hired-away-coaches mythical national championship and the Gators will contend for it again next season.
“When you’re at the University of Florida and you hire a really good staff, what a compliment to the job you did hiring people, that other people want your coaches,” Muschamp said. “We’re going to go out and hire really good coaches. And you know what? Next year we’re going to win and they’re going to come want to get our coaches again.”
I dunno. Maybe he’s just trying to reset the high expectations people have for Florida. If so, it’s working.
Just a few random nibbles to whet your appetite:
- In case you’ve wondered what Rogers Redding has been up to, the NCAA turns its attention to players’ helmets popping off during play.
- More shit Nick Saban didn’t have time for.
The Ted Roof to UCF move is already paying dividends on the recruiting trail.
- The New York Times cites UCLA blog for its pressure on the AD about the search for a new football head coach. Well done, fellas.
- Ivan Maisel on Kansas’ hire of Charlie Weis: “It’s as if a kosher restaurant in New York hired the winner of the annual Lawrence Sertoma 48 BBQ Contest.”
- Who here won’t laugh his or her ass off if Dave Wommack turns out to be a better defensive coordinator at Ole Miss than he was at Georgia Tech?
- Matt Hinton refines his D-1 football playoff proposal.
- And Pre-Snap Read gives you a look at this year’s bowl games under 1997 rules.
- LSU wins the conference and places the most players on the SEC’s All-Freshman team. That’s a good formula for avoiding a drop off.
A week ago, I asked the musical question “Is it possible for this to turn into any more of a lost season for Gator fans than it’s become?”
Why, yes, it can.
UPDATE: Spencer Hall has heard worse news.
This may be the first eighteen-yard loss quarterback sneak in the history of college football:
After years of listening to Georgia fans try to console themselves with talk like “Georgia’s the best four-loss team in the country”, it sure is a pleasure watching Charlie Weis apply lipstick to Florida’s pig of a season.