Kansas completed its coaching staff by reaching out to an old rival.
DeMontie Cross, who played safety at Missouri in the mid-1990s, joins the Jayhawks as linebackers coach.
Cross spent last season at Wisconsin as specials teams coordinator and safteies coach. Before that, he spent five seasons with the Buffalo Bills and five seasons with Iowa State after starting his coaching career at Missouri after his playing days.
Cross was a Tigers’ safety from 1994-96, leading the team in tackles as a junior and senior. Also in those years, Cross was chosen second-team all-conference, the last year of the Big Eight and first year of the Big 12.
Cross’ Missouri teams were coached by Larry Smith and went 1-2 against the Jayhawks, losing in 1994 and 1995 before winning in 1996.
Cross is the sixth Wisconsin coach to leave since the Rose Bowl loss to Oregon.
Cross joins a staff that includes Dave Campo (defensive coordinator/defensive backs), Clint Bowen (special teams/defensive backs), Buddy Wyatt (defensive line), Tim Grunhard (offensive line), Rob Ianello (wide receivers/recruiting coordinator), Reggie Mitchell (running backs), Ron Powlus (quarterbacks) and Jeff Blasko (tight ends).
“There’s no grudge, I just want to move on,” Berglund said. “I want to go my own way and pursue my career elsewhere.”
New Kansas coach Charlie Weis said Monday that Bergland, a quarterback who didn’t suit up for Kansas as a freshman last year, was one of six players dismissed from the team.
Berglund said he was told that he was booted because he missed a mandatory team meeting last Sunday. He said learned that he was no longer part of the team via social media outlets.
Berglund said he missed the meeting because he had already decided to transfer and wanted to begin at another school during the spring semester. That’s the path of at least three players, including former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist, who have transferred to Kansas and were introduced at the same news conference that Berglund’s dismal was announced.
Berglund had attempted to get in touch with Weis and quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus “a multitude of times” before the meeting to inform them of his decision.
Receiving permission to speak to other schools allows a student-athlete to receive an athletic scholarship at that school. If an athlete doesn’t receive permission, that doesn’t prevent a transfer, but an athletic scholarship can’t be awarded until after an academic year has passed.
According to Berglund’s attorney, Vincent Linden of Colorado Springs, Colo., Berglund received a response from Kansas associate athletic director Theresa Becker that denied the request:
“[I]n consultation with Dr. Sheahon Zenger, Director of Athletics for the University of Kansas, we are denying your request for permission to have contact with another university regarding your decision to transfer. Additionally, your request to be released from the University of Kansas is also denied.”
Berglund has appealed the decision to the KU Student-Athlete Appeals Board.
“We’re in the institutional appeals process now and we’re not going to comment,” Kansas associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said.