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Vandy Finishes Probe Into Tampering In O’Brien Case

Earlier this year, when former Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien announced that he would transfer from the school, head coach Randy Edsall told him and two other departing Terrapins that they could not go to Vanderbilt.  The court of public opinion weighed in and the coach backtracked.

But after giving the players the green light to go wherever they liked, Edsall and Maryland filed an official complaint against Vanderbilt and ex-Terp offensive coordinator James Franklin for tampering.  The complaint went to the ACC which then filed it with the SEC.  VU officials were instructed to dig into the matter.

This afternoon, Vandy vice chancellor David Williams released a statement saying that the school had finished its internal investigation:


“We did a thorough review.  We looked closely at months of phone and email records, and Twitter accounts.  We interviewed all of our coaches with University of Maryland backgrounds and we also interviewed the student-athlete (O’Brien).”


And?  And? 

Vandy would not say if the report — which has been forwarded to the SEC office — revealed that tampering had taken place or not.  That said, I think we can all guess what Vanderbilt’s verdict would be.

“Our reputation is our primary concern,” Williams said.  “We have a long and proud history of playing by the letter and the spirit of the rules.  Coach Franklin feels the same way.  He and his staff were most cooperative.”

If Vandy found no tampering and the SEC finds no tampering, then it’s doubtful that the NCAA will dig further to determine if a secondary violation — and that’s what it would be — has taken place.

If/when O’Brien transfers to Vandy, he will have two years of eligibility remaining.

 


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