Jayhawks 2012 squad takes a big blow

Kansas coaches hinted for weeks that receiver Justin McCay would be eligible for 2012. McCay transferred from Oklahoma and, due to what the school called "extenuating personal circumstances," coaches believed he would have his NCAA-mandated redshirt year waived.

They were wrong.

The NCAA denied McCay's waiver request after a lengthy wait, and now the school plans to appeal the decision.

Kansas must file its appeal by April 24, and would receive a subcommittee ruling by May 1.

From The Associated Press:

NCAA staff denied the request Friday, but recommended that McCay appeal directly to the organization's subcommittee for legislative relief, which is comprised of representatives from conferences and universities and has the authority to deviate from NCAA waiver guidelines.

"We are disappointed in the NCAA staff’s decision,” KU coach Charlie Weis said in a release. "But we will take its advice and will appeal to the subcommittee. We certainly hope that the members of the subcommittee, who work day-to-day on campuses and in conference offices, will see Justin’s situation for what it is and make a decision that is in his best interest.

"I’ve spoken to Justin and he understands the initial ruling by the NCAA and is encouraged that they recommended that we appeal his case to the subcommittee. He will make a statement after the ruling by the subcommittee."

McCay didn't catch a pass in two seasons at Oklahoma, but was the nation's No. 142 overall recruit in the 2012 class.

He's one of six FBS transfers to join the Jayhawks since Weis took over in January, but along with quarterback Dayne Crist, was expected to be one of the biggest impact players. Now, that's in flux.

Berglund updates on his transfer options

Kansas brought in lots of transfers this offseason, but lost a big one when quarterback Brock Berglund was dismissed by Weis after missing a team meeting in January.

He spoke to The Associated Press and offered an update on where he's headed:

Coming out of high school, Berglund was a coveted four-star recruit who received interest from schools such as UCLA, Boise State and Vanderbilt. He originally committed to Colorado, but backed out after the Buffaloes fired coach Dan Hawkins.

On the market again, he's receiving just as many looks. He said he's also visited with North Texas, Florida International and SMU. The Buffs haven't reached out to him.

"At this point, I really don't have a pecking order," Berglund said. "I've just started on the trail here. I'm really prioritizing my reasons, focusing on compiling data. There's no rush."

He also added he's not picky on the type of offense he plays for, but just wants a place he feels comfortable.