A few people have asked about the odd path that quarterback Brock Berglund took to UNT, and specifically why he decided to leave Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College.
I picked up a little info that sheds some light on the decision.
One of the key factors — probably the biggest — had to do with when he would be eligible to transfer academically.
Berglund had 24 credit hours when he went to Scottsdale, which was not enough to transfer and receive a scholarship at an FBS school. He could have played right away at a JUCO this year.
I was told that the issue was when he would have been eligible to leave Scottsdale and transfer to UNT.
Had Berglund stayed, he would have needed to graduate from the school and then transfer to UNT. He would have needed 36 additional hours to do it in a year.
That’s two 18 hours semesters, which is a lot for anyone who is playing college ball, especially during the fall semester when the season is going on.
The other issue was spring practice. If Berglund had stayed at Scottsdale and tried to graduate, he would have had to stay at the school through the end of the spring semester, and possibly longer to get the 60 total hours he needed to graduate.
At that point, Berglund would miss spring ball at UNT.
You could essentially write him off for 2013 at that point. He would have to learn the system on the fly in the fall.
It was not ideal for Berglund to sit out this year as a transfer at UNT without a scholarship, but that scenario was a whole lot more appealing than the alternative. Berglund would have had a chance to play this season at Scottsdale, but would have had buckle down the plow through his two-year degree and then transfer to UNT at the last minute before next season.
This way, Berglund has a whole lot of time to learn the system and starts next year as a redshirt sophomore with a ton of time at UNT to learn the system.
That was the key factor in his decision.