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Dismissed Bergeron seeking release from UT scholarship

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Well, this is a plot twist most wouldn’t necessarily see coming.

Last Friday, multiple media outlets reported that Joe Bergeron had been dismissed by new Texas head coach Charlie Strong. The only reason given was the standard “violation of unspecified team rules.”

Five days later, the Austin American-Statesman is, citing unnamed family sources, reporting that Bergeron is “actively seeking a release from his scholarship.” It’s unclear why a player who has been dismissed would need to actively seek a release — speculation is that he’s been granted an unconditional one — especially considering said player’s next reported stop.

Again per the American-Statesman, Bergeron is looking at moving on to West Texas A&M to continue his collegiate playing career. That school’s athletic director confirmed that portion of the story to the paper.

Because that A&M is a Div. II program, Bergeron would be eligible to play immediately in 2014. Perhaps the release is a mere technicality, although, again, it’s unclear.

(Writer’s note: I’ve put out multiple feelers to divine what if any meaning this whole “release” angle has.)

The American-Statesman, though, sums up the overall situation very nicely:

Bergeron’s situation is perplexing. He was sent home from spring football practice for undisclosed reasons. But Strong talked up Bergeron during the coach’s bus tour in April and May and always included him in any discussion about the depth at running back.

Then prior to his appearance at Big 12 media day, Strong told the Statesman, “Joe’s back.” By week’s end, Bergeron was gone from the team for good.

Bergeron was one of four Longhorns reportedly dismissed late last week by Strong. The school has yet to announce the forced departures.

All told, seven players have been dismissed since Strong took over for Mack Brown.

Additionally, three more UT players are facing suspensions as the new football sheriff in Austin looks to open the eyes of his players to a new, and more demanding, style of discipline.

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7 Responses to “Dismissed Bergeron seeking release from UT scholarship”
  1. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 30, 2014 8:50 AM

    Something about this situation isnt making sense. If he was dismissed, why isnt he released from his scholarship yet?

  2. jjgautreaux says: Jul 30, 2014 9:12 AM

    I was curious about that too because I been reading where ole charlie was praising bergeron and said he did all he needed to do to be back in good graces. I guesss ole charlie spoke too soon.

  3. mb34 says: Jul 30, 2014 10:18 AM

    Charlie has a history of dismissing players but leaving their scholarships intact so they may finish school.

  4. aggiejizzjar says: Jul 30, 2014 10:43 AM

    Most football scholarships are for 1 year and renewed yearly. Is it possible his scholarship had been renewed and he was subsequently booted off the team? Removing someone from the team does not necessarily void their scholarship.

  5. aggiejizzjar says: Jul 30, 2014 11:00 AM

    I love ewe

  6. justtoldya says: Jul 30, 2014 9:21 PM

    I like that strong is sending a clear picture of what he expects, but man it feels like he’s going a bit overboard. It takes time for these kids to get rid of bad old habbits and aquainted with the new system. instead of kicking them out right away before he even teaches them anything, he needs to get the to understand and get comfortable with the way he deals with things. I understand the hard stance, but it seems a bit too soon too fast especially toward 19-20 yr olds. Now if these guys are being charged with rape or any felony yes there isn’t a grace period.

  7. photog645 says: Jul 31, 2014 12:31 PM

    Anyone who wants to criticize Charlie too harshly needs to just reign it in a bit. Charlie is a great coach who will put Texas back in the top tier of football powers in the NCAA. Frankly, I wish he had never left Louisville. He had developed a SOLID program and Louisville was highly regarded as a national football power.

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