1650 yards, 7TDs and 10 INTs? I would have stipulated that Vandy was the ONLY school this guy could transfer to.
Maryland coach Randy Edsall is allowing three players to transfer from his program: quarterback Danny O’Brien, offensive lineman Max Garcia and linebacker Mario Rowson. Initial speculation focused on Vanderbilt — especially in the case of O’Brien — being a potential landing spot. But Edsall doesn’t want that to happen.
According to The Washington Post, the three players will not be cleared to transfer to Vandy, where former Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin is quickly turning things around. Obviously, Vanderbilt is not in the ACC and the Commodores are not going to be on the Terrapins’ schedule anytime soon. So why the ban on Vandy? It’s likely Edsall believes Franklin has done some tampering.
Franklin was close to O’Brien and according to The Post, the coach and his then coach-in-waiting status were major reasons the signal-caller inked with Maryland. In cases like this, it’s not unusual for coaches to assume that word has gone back and forth between player and potential new coach with regards to opportunities and roster spots. Unfortunately for Edsall, coaches who drop stipulations on transferring players without providing a reason usually lose the ensuing PR battle. (He should call Tennessee’s Derek Dooley on that one.)
It’s possible that O’Brien can appeal the no-Vandy clause in his release. It’s also possible that he could enroll at Vandy as a graduate student – he’s set to graduate from Maryland this spring — without the benefit of a scholarship, but that would be quite pricey.
O’Brien is a native of North Carolina, but Edsall has ix-nayed ACC schools as options as well. Ole Miss is one of several other schools that have been mentioned as possible landing zone for O’Brien.
The quarterback threw for 1,648 yards, 7 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last year in College Park.