Randy Edsall backed down. Maryland will lift the restriction on quarterback Danny O’Brien and two other players transferring to Vanderbilt, permitting them to join former coach James Franklin. The school will continue with its tampering complaint.
Franklin recruited O’Brien to Maryland, coached him for two years and guided him to an excellent 2010 season before Edsall benched him in 2011. Vanderbilt, presumably, is his preferred transfer destination.
O’Brien succeeding at Vanderbilt would not be embarrassing for Maryland. It would be embarrassing for Randy Edsall and AD Kevin Anderson. What was more embarrassing, however, was to block him going there initially. It served no purpose, but to make both men look cruel, petty, insecure and, considering Maryland is accepting transfers from Mike Locksley’s former players at New Mexico, profoundly hypocritical.
It is custom for schools only to block players from conference opponents and upcoming non-conference opponents. That should be a rule.
Maryland could put a positive spin on this. Folks around the country are “talking about Maryland football.”
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