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Danny O'Brien free to transfer to Vanderbilt

Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:41 am
Edited on: February 22, 2012 3:17 pm

Posted by Chip Patterson

Former Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien will no longer be restricted from transferring to Vanderbilt, the school announced on Wednesday.

The Baltimore Sun first reported Wednesday that Danny O'Brien, offensive lineman Max Garcia, and linebacker Mario Rowson are all no longer restricted from accepting aid from Vanderbilt to play football. When the trio was released from their scholarship, they were reportedly restricted from transferring to any future ACC opponents, West Virginia, Temple, and Vanderbilt.

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The school released an official statement from head coach Randy Edsall.

“While at first I thought it was important to limit the institutions to which they could transfer, I have since reconsidered my decision” Edsall said in a statement. “At the end of the day, I want what’s best for these guys and I wish them well in their futures.

“As a program we are looking forward to putting this distraction behind us and to moving forward. Spring practice opens on March 10 and we can’t wait to get back out on the field.”

All of those schools, except the Commodores, are slated to appear on Maryland's schedule in the near future. Vanderbilt was reportedly added because of concerns with head coach James Franklin, the former offensive coordinator at Maryland under Ralph Friedgen.

“I am pleased to be able to move on and pursue a graduate degree and continue my athletic career at the school of my choosing.” O’Brien said in a statement. “I would like to thank Coach Edsall for his support throughout this process.”

According to the Baltimore Sun, Maryland believes that O'Brien had been in contact with Franklin, possibly violating NCAA tampering rules. The school has opted to allow the three players to transfer, but has filed an official complaint against Vanderbilt through the ACC.

“We have been informed by the Southeastern Conference that the Atlantic Coast Conference has filed a formal complaint involving Vanderbilt University football on behalf of one of its members," Vanderbilt vice chancellor of athletics David Williams said in an official statement. "We are complying with SEC and Vanderbilt procedures and are conducting an investigation on the matter.”

James Franklin denied tampering allegations in an apperance on Nashville radio last week.

“I don’t like innuendos and comments being made about tampering and things like that,” Franklin told 104.5 The Zone. “You guys know me. I’m the type of guy, I’m going to have relationships with my players. I hope to have relationships with the guys that play for me for the rest of my life.

“But the fact that people would make accusations that we tampered or did this or did that, again, I’m just going to defend our program and defend our character and how we do things. But I think it’s ridiculous to think that I’m not going to have relationships with these kids after I leave places.”

In addition to Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Stanford have all been listed as possible landing spots for O'Brien. Last week, The Washington Post reported that Mississippi, Arizona, South Florida, and East Carolina have all shown interest in O'Brien immediately following the transfer announcement.

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Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 3:38 am

Danny O'Brien free to transfer to Vanderbilt

Here we go again, pushing a headline story that was actually broken by a smaller media outlet, The Baltimore Sun.  In reality, Edsall has enough problems of his own creation at the moment, he really doesn't need to get into a fight over he transfer of any player, where, when, how they do it.  If O'Brien did the contacting, he was undoubtedly seeking a way out of the spot he found himself in.  What's Franklin supposed to do about it - say "Oh hell no, there's no place for you with us."  This is as much a reflection on Edsall as anything else, and if I were him, I wouldn't try to prolong the exposure of this circumstance in the eyes of the media.  Edsall was hired to do something that Friedgen couldn't, build a program that attracts fans.  He certainly isn't going about that mission in a winning fashion.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:50 pm

Edsall finally does the right thing

It's too bad that it took a lot of media pressure and scathing indictments from anyone with even half of a soul, but Esdall finally did the right thing here.  It's worse, though, that ex-St Joseph basketball player Todd O'Brien didn't get to play basketball for UAB this year because coach Phil Martelli has proven to the world that he is a sizeable bag of vinegar and water.  

Coaches can jump around whenever they want to, but they can still screw players out of spite and plain old ill spirit.  Martelli should be fired and given a five year show cause penalty for his actions.  At any rate, I hope every opposing coach who recruits against either makes sure to bring up this situation and display just how low both coaches are on the human being scale.  
If I had a son, I would definlitely not let him play for Edsall or Martelli.  Edsall was probably told to do the right thing by his bosses in the interest of damage control.  Martelli had no boss in his ear, and decided to be a petty dictator and make a kid lose a year when the coach had nothing to gain by doing it.  
That is what is the most disturbing here.  Neither coach gained anything by screwing over the players.  In Todd O'Brien's case, though, he lost his last year of eligibility becuase of a spiteful reptile.   

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:43 pm

Danny O'Brien free to transfer to Vanderbilt

Vandy admits tampering charge and turns over to NCAA. O'brien crosses vandy off list. Loods like Edsall did it to save vandy but now truth must come out. F U Doyle now right how big a scum bag Franklin is.

Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:41 pm

Danny O'Brien free to transfer to Vanderbilt

This is an easy "Like."  Wish you well DOB.  Wish Franklin was still here, but at least Edsall did the right thing.

Since: Feb 17, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 7:18 pm

Danny O'Brien free to transfer to Vanderbilt

I love all the people who say Danny O'Brien isn't that good or had talent around him, Keep saying that will he is a star NFL QB. Edsall will be gone at the end of the season, terrible hire that should have NEVER been made. Torrey Smith runs a go route and that's about all, L.Williams was undrafted and plays special teams in the NFL so lets not make him out to be Jerry Rice and D.Scott was hurt and is 4th string on the Giants who had the fewest rush yards in the NFL so stop talking about talent being all around O'Brien.  Why would he want to stay at a program going down in a hurry a have very little shot at the NFL, lets talk about the other 27 players who let since Edsall was hired.  I do not blame Danny 1 bit and will not spend a dime on a ticket to a Maryland game or gear until at the very least Edsall is fired but I think Kevin Anderson should be fired as well

Since: Feb 24, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 5:47 pm

Danny O'Brien free to transfer to Vanderbilt

to blow your argument out of the water

Dancel is short for Zach Dancel - a former UNM player who got his release from New Mexico and transferred to UMD

In turn, NOT an OC but a PLAYER. so you have no idea what you are talking about.   

Since: Jan 13, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 5:22 pm

Danny O'Brien free to transfer to Vanderbilt

All's I can say is who cares ! O'Brien isn't that good anyway...not like he is a difference maker with a terrible Terps program. I think Edsall is a joke and am looking forward to seeing who the next Maryland football coach is. This porgram is YEARS from being viable in the ACC...much less the national picture. I think the school, the area, the nearby talent warrants much better results than what the Terps football program sees and I think some one in that school needs to tell Mr. Under Armor guy to pony up some BIG cash and get a BIG name coach here then we will see if this program can jump to the next level...until then its 6-5  7-4  with an occasional 8-3   8-4 season mixed in (when they have a weaker schedule....but mostly .500 teams for the rest of my life.

Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 4:46 pm

Danny O'Brien free to transfer to Vanderbilt

Purebedlam was right on when he said, "Damage is done Mr. Edsall. You showed your true colors. Maryland now knows it made a mistake and forced you to do the right thing. We still know who you are."
I had no real opinion either way with the Edsall hiring, but he did not do anything to impress anyone last season, and after his initital rssponse to O'Brien's request to transfer to Vandy, I have no respect for the guy.
But where I will credit Maryland is how they reversed course after the negative media backlash. At least they listened and ultimatlety did the right thing before the issue got out of control.
It's more than what you can say about St. Joe's and coach Martelli's stance on one of their player's request to transfer to lowly UAB.

Since: Jun 17, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:43 pm

Danny O'Brien free to transfer to Vanderbilt

Just wanted to blow your argument out of the water.  Your opening statement is "Holycow though it is true that a few players are coming to MD after being at New Mexico, our coaches have not contacted them with an invitation as it is fairly common knowledge that Franklin has done here."

I'd like to refer you to the following article written by SPORTS ILLUSTRATRED:




In it let me QUOTE your offensive coordinator as saying the following:

"Of course there are a couple guys at New Mexico who are interested, who have their release," Dancel told The Washington Post last month. "I'm sure they're considering it. A lot of guys are good players and they're going to have other options. ... I've been in contact with a couple of them about Maryland. Locks is going to get players in there and Maryland is going to be up and coming and could potentially be a good team in the next year or two."

So please before you go online showing your ignorance, please read your own local paper and get your facts straight.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:15 pm

Danny O'Brien free to transfer to Vanderbilt

"I am not a Randy Edsall fan, however I do think this program needed a lot of discipline and it is hard for them to swallow. Discipline cnnot be slowly meted in and expect to change the culture. The culture changes by making big bold moves, sticking to your guns, embracing the ones that go with you, and sweeping out the rest with the trash."

If you think that what Edsall is doing is "instilling some discipline, then you have no idea what is going over there. Edsall treats his players like stupid children, incapable of functioning on their own, incapable of making any decisions for themselves.

I also think he has been coaching a long time, and built a division II school into a Big East conference champion, and none of his old players are complaining about how they were treated or the rules. Because they didn't know any better.

Really? Have you read any interviews with former UConn players about Randy Edsall? How about this?

When asked about the biggest difference between playing for Edsall and Pasqualoni, UConn captain Blidi Wreh-Wilson didn't hesitate.

"We're expected to be more of men and be able to take care of ourselves without having a lot of people in our face all the time," he said.

How's that for honest?

Asked the same question, junior linebacker Jory Johnson said: "Edsall is more concerned with the way the process is done. Pasqualoni is more about getting the job done."

Sounds like a few Maryland fans are giving Edsall the benefit of the doubt and buying his BS hook, line and sinker. Too bad that it will take too long before you realize how wrong you are and that while Edsall talks a good game, this is all about HIM. He wants to be in control of every minute of every players life; what they wear at every moment, what they eat at every moment, how they exercise at every moment. He is an obsessive micromanager and believes that HIS way is the only way and that those who aren't in line do so out of a lack of discipline.

He will rot Maryland from the core and then leave them is a pool of disaster. I just hope that Maryland realizes it before it is too late and they don't drop to a level that they cannot ercover from.

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