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The Danny O'Brien experiment didn't pan out at Wisconsin, as the one-time Maryland starter will move on after being benched early in the Badgers' 2012 season and failing to regain his starter status.
Danny O'Brien will be Wisconsin's starting quarterback in 2012. We know this because Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema told us so on Twitter:
Also had so many questions about our QB situation that want everyone to know we are going to start Danny O'Brien in our opener against UNI.— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) August 20, 2012
O'Brien transferred to Wisconsin from Maryland in the offseason, giving Bielema his second straight big-ish name transfer quarterback from an ACC school. O'Brien has significantly less on his resume than N.C. State transfer Russell Wilson, who led the Badgers to the Rose Bowl in the 2011 season, but he beat out senior Curt Phillips and freshman Jon Stave for the starter's job.
Wisconsin opens its season on Sept. 1 at home against Northern Iowa, which should be a perfunctory entry exam for O'Brien. The Badgers' first game against a BCS conference foe comes the week after, when they travel to Oregon State.
It's official: the Wisconsin Badgers have imported another talented ACC quarterback, picking up Maryland Terrapins transfer Danny O'Brien to replace Russell Wilson, topping Penn State, Ole Miss and initial favorite Vanderbilt for the former ACC Rookie of the Year. But don't Sharpie in O'Brien as the starter just yet, coach Bret Bielema in a statement:
"We're excited that Danny has chosen to attend Wisconsin," Bielema said. "The first thing we did when we were aware of Danny's interest was to try and find out what type of person he was and if he would fit into our program. From our dealings with him and all the things I have heard from those who have been around him, he is a tremendous person and has great character. He had a fantastic visit and our current players who met him came away impressed. Having graduated from Maryland in just three years, you know right away that he is a smart kid.
"As is the case with any player who joins our program, we have not promised Danny anything other than the chance to come in during the fall and compete for the starting quarterback position. He understands that and is excited for that opportunity."
It would be quite the shocker if O'Brien didn't nail down the Badgers' starting job. Bielema said the same thing about Wilson last year. The most experienced passer on Wisconsin's roster might actually be Montee Ball, a running back*. Joe Brennan lofted all of 15 attempts last year, and Jon Budmayr tossed up 10 in 2010. That's it.
* Speaking of Ball:
Danny o brien just messaged me this.. "let's do this"... it shall be done then my man. #wiscONsin— Montee Ball (@M_Ball28) March 28, 2012
Former Maryland Terrapins quarterback Danny O'Brien will be the next ACC quarterback to join the Wisconsin Badgers, Jeff Potrykus reported Wednesday. Bruce Feldman confirmed the news shortly after. No Vanderbilt visit? That would be quite a surprise, but here we go.
O'Brien left the Terps after a rocky sophomore season that saw Randy Edsall's roster torn apart by evacuees. He's visited Ole Miss as well, not to mention Penn State twice, but Bret Bielema's Badgers offer an enticing position. Last year, fellow transfer Russell Wilson took the starting job for one year, producing a Rose Bowl trip. The Badgers return Montee Ball, but have major offensive line losses to patch up.
O'Brien was the ACC's 2010 Rookie of the Year before losing the starting job at one point in 2011, his only year under Gary Crowton in College Park.
No word yet on Max Garcia, who left Maryland at the same time as O'Brien and is expected to land with a SEC school.
The Penn St. Nittany Lions fired up spring camp on Monday, and potential starting quarterback Danny O'Brien was right there with them. The Maryland Terrapins transfer made his second stop in Happy Valley, sandwiched around visits to the Mississippi Rebels and Wisconsin Badgers.
Dave Miller at the National Football Post thinks it's coming down to a two-team race between the Big Ten entrants, but the Vanderbilt Commodores still present an opportunity, albeit one that would come with a depth chart challenge from Jordan Rodgers.
Ole Miss does still present an interesting option and shouldn't be counted out, but until O'Brien goes and visits another school for a second time, I think PSU and Vandy have to be considered the favorites here. Sharing a last name with the head coach always forms an instant bond, I'm sure we can agree. What if Bill O'Brien is Danny O'Brien's uncle? You have to consider these things.
Danny O'Brien has his pick of several fine fits, visiting three schools this week alone. Let's take a look at the contenders and see who might offer the best spot.
Former Maryland Terrapins quarterback Danny O'Brien is enjoying a nice little re-recruitment since leaving College Park. He's reportedly visiting the Mississippi Rebels Tuesday, and has reportedly already spent time with the Penn St. Nittany Lions. Up next: the Wisconsin Badgers, Badger Nation reports.
O'Brien says he'll be visiting "this coming weekend," giving him just a couple days after he leaves Oxford before he resumes his great road trip. Offensive lineman Max Garcia is reportedly joining him at Ole Miss, but there's no word on whether he'll make a Big Ten stop as well. Garcia has drawn plenty of interest from around the SEC, while O'Brien's suitors hail from all over.
The college football internet's favorite joke, only behind recommending Ron Prince for every possible leadership vacancy, is sending every available player to the Mississippi Rebels. Former coach Houston Nutt became infamous for setting up a kind of shelter for wayward players, but new coach Hugh Freeze hasn't quite earned the same -- WELL, HOW DO YOU DO?
Ex-Maryland QB Danny O'Brien and LT Max Garcia will visit Ole Miss on Tuesday.— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) March 19, 2012
O'Brien would appear to be still interested in playing for his former offensive coordinator, now head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores. Penn St. Nittany Lions coach Bill O'Brien has confirmed he's interested in O'Brien (the younger). And Garcia was reportedly drawing interest from literally more than half of the SEC East.
But, really, is there anywhere besides Ole Miss that these players could've landed? I mean, it's not official yet, and they haven't even visited Oxford, but can't you just feel fate drawing them all together?
All God's people are already saying amen.
After a round of reports that former Maryland Terrapins quarterback Danny O'Brien has put the Penn St. Nittany Lions on his list of possible landing places, new PSU coach Bill O'Brien pretty much confirmed the story at Penn State's Pro Day.
Bill O'Brien "Danny O'Brien is interested in Penn State...I told the team I'll do anything I can to improve the team within the rules"— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) March 14, 2012
O'Brien (the quarterback) has reportedly narrowed the rest of his field to the Vanderbilt Commodores, Wisconsin Badgers, and Connecticut Huskies. The Nittany Lions would offer him the most established offensive mind there, as O'Brien (the coach) just helped coach the Patriots to the Super Bowl. He'd also have a great chance at immediate playing time, since ... well, you watched Penn State last year.
Say, did you remember former Maryland Terrapins quarterback Danny O'Brien still has yet to pick a new school? It's true! While the Vanderbilt Commodores would appear to remain the top contender, the total list has narrowed to four or so, based on reports.
Penn State would offer O'Brien the chance to play right away for Tom Brady's former offensive coordinator, Bill O'Brien, not to mention give PSU the nation's strongest O'Brien tandem. Wisconsin has shown it can incorporate a transfer quarterback into its system just fine, having reached the Rose Bowl with Russell Wilson last year. And UConn would give O'Brien the opportunity to really, really, really spite Terps coach Randy Edsall, who left the Huskies for Maryland. Can't say it's not tempting.
The rising junior plans to take visits and make a decision soon.
Former Maryland Terrapins quarterback Danny O'Brien has drawn the interest of many power conference schools since transferring away from Randy Edsall. The latest hot sports buzz has the Oklahoma St. Cowboys with a chance at bringing him on. It appears, according to Gina Mizell, the chatter comes from Oklahoma City's Pat Jones of WWLS radio.
It's a fine pairing to consider, as OSU has to replace veteran starter Brandon Weeden, and O'Brien fared much better in the less-conservative Maryland offense of his freshman year. O'Brien could play right away too, so long as he enrolled in a graduate program that Maryland doesn't have.
Still get the feeling he'll end up with the Vanderbilt Commodores and former offensive coordinator James Franklin. Edsall has filed a complaint with the ACC, and thus the SEC, alleging Franklin tampered with O'Brien while the quarterback was still a Maryland player. O'Brien's family was set to lobby to have transfer restrictions removed that would've prevented him from choosing Vandy. Edsall eventually removed them.
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The Vanderbilt Commodores have been accused by an ACC school of doing something bad, Vandy announced Wednesday. Putting various numbers together, one can deduce the ACC school is Maryland, and the charge is tampering with former Terps quarterback Danny O'Brien, who's at least interested in transferring to play for former offensive coordinator James Franklin in Nashville.
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. We are complying with SEC and Vanderbilt procedures and are conducting an investigation on the matter.
Partially due to the allegation, O'Brien will reportedly lie low for a little while. Franklin has already publicly denied tampering, but has acknowledged he maintains relationships with former players.
This is not the first time Franklin has gotten into a spat with another coach, and it's not the first time Randy Edsall has done something that seems super petty to pretty much everybody. Carry on!
Maryland Terrapins coach Randy Edsall has changed course and will allow Danny O'Brien and two other former Terps to transfer to play for the Vanderbilt Commodores. However, O'Brien is unlikely to rush a Vandy visit, so as not to heap unwanted attention on coach James Franklin, reports Eric Prisbell of the Washington Post.
Franklin now has to contend with a formal tampering charge, raised against him by Edsall, according to the Post. Edsall reportedly filed the complaint with the ACC and sent it along to the SEC. Franklin has previously commented on his continued relationship with all his former players (he was Maryland's offensive coordinator when O'Brien joined the Terps), but has denied any tampering. He did so in forceful, Franklin-esque fashion.
Prisbell also reports O'Brien is expected to visit three schools for the time being. He's been connected to Michigan State, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Arizona, South Florida and Stanford, based on previous rumors.
The Maryland Terrapins three -- quarterback Danny O'Brien, offensive lineman Max Garcia, and linebacker Mario Rowson -- could end up playing for the Vanderbilt Commodores after all. Randy Edsall has freed the three departing Terps to transfer to Vandy if they so desire, reports Jeff Barker of the Baltimore Sun.
While it's not a done deal that they will rejoin James Franklin in Nashville, it would be a strong bet that at least one of them will. O'Brien seems to have made it clear he's very interested in Vandy, with his family planning to appeal Edsall's restriction, even if only to provide one more option. Garcia, meanwhile, has drawn interest from pretty much the entire SEC East.
The players are still restricted from playing for other ACC teams, according to Barker. That's the sort of restriction that actually at least makes competitive sense, whether it's fair to the athlete or not.
Former Maryland Terrapins quarterback Danny O'Brien will reportedly appeal Randy Edsall's decree that he be unable to transfer to play for the Vanderbilt Commodores. While O'Brien isn't a sure thing to transfer to Vandy if the NCAA does rule in his favor, he would at least have the option of playing for former offensive coordinator James Franklin, who's now the head coach in Nashville.
During an appearance on 104.5 The Zone, Franklin denied trying to woo Maryland players onto his team in an inappropriate fashion, but did appear to acknowledge he's stayed in touch with his former players:
"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."
I wasn't aware Franklin had been accused of doing anything frowned-upon here, but apparently he has?
Former Maryland Terrapins quarterback Danny O'Brien, who's been barred by Randy Edsall from transferring to play for his former offensive coordinator with the Vanderbilt Commodores, is expected to file a NCAA appeal against the block. Bruce Feldman has all the details, including a quote from O'Brien's high school coach.
According to the coach, an appeal wouldn't be a guarantee that O'Brien would choose to head to Vandy. Instead, it would give the passer the chance to make a decision with a full suite of options in front of him, rather than those approved for him by a coach he never signed up to play for in the first place.
Feldman also cites a NCAA source, who says this kind of appeal has a good chance of succeeding. Edsall may want to drop the matter himself instead of letting the NCAA do it, as this sort of thing isn't exactly great for future recruiting.
Maryland Terrapins coach Randy Edsall has decreed former quarterback Danny O'Brien can't transfer to a list of ACC schools and regional rivals that for some reason includes the Vanderbilt Commodores. Maryland and Vanderbilt don't play each other, so there's no competitive reason for Vandy to be on the list.
We've now heard from Edsall on the matter, though of course none of the good stuff about why Vanderbilt in particular was included. Via SB Nation DC, a transcript of Edsall's remarks on the subject of O'Brien being barred from transferring to specific schools:
We had stipulations in there, the same schools for all three of them (Max Garcia and Mario Rowson). So neither of the three were treated any differently than the other guys. Again, I'm not going to get into the names, the schools of what we put on there because as we talked to the players we said that was a situation where we would keep that amongst ourselves. But usually what will end up happening is there will be schools on there that you might compete against or if there's things that you feel might have taken place that you might put schools on that list. We have that prerogative to put schools on that list, the players have the prerogative that if they want to appeal that, they can appeal that as well.
Garcia is reportedly drawing interest from Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina, so surely Vanderbilt would've had an excellent chance of beating all three powerhouses for his services? And it's very important that Garcia be prevented from playing for Vanderbilt? Have you ever confused yourself with your own sarcasm?
Tuesday, O'Brien took the high road in his official statement on the situation:
After careful thought, contemplation, prayer, and consultation with my family, we have come to a consensus that it is in my best interest to continue my educational and athletic endeavors elsewhere.
This was a very difficult decision, one which I did not take lightly. I will forever cherish the friendships of teammates, academic and athletic support staff, fellow students, professors, and of course Terp fans.
Playing at Byrd Stadium and experiencing college life in College Park will remain as unforgettable experiences for the rest of my life. I certainly wish nothing but the best to the team next season and for years to come.
I look forward to completing one of my established goals of graduating from the University of Maryland this spring and becoming a proud alumnus of this great institution.
Wisconsin, Michigan State, USF, Stanford, Ole Miss, East Carolina and Arizona have all been rumored as possibilities for O'Brien. He could actually go play at Vanderbilt, though he would not be allowed to accept a scholarship there, or he could appeal. It's unclear what his next move will be.
So far, rumors of possible destinations for the latest crop of Maryland Terrapins transfers are lining up according to stereotype. Of course the Wisconsin Badgers and Mississippi Rebels want to import quarterback Danny O'Brien, and of course the SEC East is looking right past the star quarterback and making googly eyes at the big offensive lineman.
Max Garcia has the Georgia Bulldogs, Florida Gators, and South Carolina Gamecocks among his suitors, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The Dawgs may have the inside track, as he's from Georgia and has said he left Maryland in order to be closer to home.
Garcia can't transfer to Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Temple, UConn, or any ACC school, the AJC reports. You can deduce your own Randy Edsall-related rationale for each of the schools specifically named in that list.
The group also includes linebacker Mario Rowson. If everything continues, he'll be getting a call from Penn State shortly. Because Penn State has always loved linebackers and will always love linebackers, you see.
For more on UGA football, visit Georgia blog Dawg Sports and SB Nation Atlanta. For more on Gators football, visit Florida blog Alligator Army and SB Nation Tampa Bay. For more on Cocks football, visit South Carolina blog Garnet And Black Attack. Also, visit SEC blog Team Speed Kills.
Maryland Terrapins quarterback Danny O'Brien, apparently not thrilled with the program and/or coach Randy Edsall, is looking to transfer elsewhere. He's not going to be allowed to transfer to a current or soon to be ACC school, as well as Vanderbilt, for some unknown reason. Since those aren't options, he's reportedly looking at the Ole Miss Rebels, South Florida Bulls and Arizona Wildcats.
O'Brien, the former ACC Rookie of the Year, has plenty of suitors. He had a very rough sophomore season, but was much better as a freshman. The schools that are in need of a quarterback are obviously a bit more interested in what he did pre-Edsall than what he did under Edsall. O'Brien is reportedly looking for both stability and a good conference, but the former doesn't exactly apply to Ole Miss and Arizona. Both teams just changed coaches.
Quick! Danny O'Brien wants to leave the Maryland Terrapins. Where might he want to go? To the Vanderbilt Commodores, where he could be reunited with former offensive coordinator James Franklin? That's a pretty good idea! It's also been reported that Vandy's among one of his top four or so potential choices.
But according to the Washington Post, that might not happen:
Maryland Coach Randy Edsall would not release Danny O'Brien to transfer to Vanderbilt, according to individual familiar with the talks.— Terrapins Insider (@TerpsInsider) February 13, 2012
It's common for transfers to be forbidden from playing for a conference rival or even for a team in the general vicinity. It's not entirely fair, but it's common.
There's no real competitive reason for Edsall to bar O'Brien from playing for Vanderbilt or any other team in the SEC, if that's what's happening. Maryland doesn't play against Vandy or go out of its way to recruit Tennessee, and the two aren't exactly in line to compete for national championships. I'd like to hear an explanation for preventing the move, if the report is accurate.
O'Brien wasn't recruited by Edsall, but he reportedly can't go play for a coach he agreed to sign on with. Neat system!
The Maryland Terrapins announced Monday that quarterback Danny O'Brien, along with offensive lineman Max Garcia and linebacker Mario Rowson, will transfer elsewhere. O'Brien and Garcia had been reportedly interested in transferring since last week, while Rowson is a surprise for many of us. This makes 12 transfers who've left since Randy Edsall took over.
Particularly harsh timing for the Terps, since O'Brien seemed to be one of the factors that helped Maryland land star receiver recruit Stefon Diggs. O'Brien hosted Diggs on a visit just before his weekend announcement. Whether this news will have any affect on Diggs remains to be seen.
O'Brien was named the ACC's 2010 Rookie of the Year before struggling as a sophomore under a new offensive coordinator. Talk will now resume of him playing at any number of SEC or Big Ten schools, with former coach James Franklin's Vanderbilt looking like a reasonable possibility. And Wisconsin's kind of got the importing-ACC-quarterbacks thing down.
People close to Danny O'Brien told me he'd be interested in Stanford, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Michigan St.. Wants stability, good conference— Jeff Barker (@sunjeffbarker) February 13, 2012
Will quarterback Danny O'Brien leave the Maryland Terrapins? It's the story of the afternoon! Get excited! After a report came out in which it was alleged O'Brien had already left the program, O'Brien himself denied the news. Now the Washington Post has weighed in, saying O'Brien is "seriously considering" an exit and will spend the weekend debating whether to transfer out or not.
Thus, the Randy Edsall-ea Maryland Transfer Count sits at a healthy eight for the time being. Maryland fans are in a fragile state and tracking the adventure's every development, so please be sure and be extra nice to them through Monday.
Dan Hellie, the man who originally broke all this, is mostly standing by his story:
Wednesday, news broke that Maryland Terrapins quarterback Danny O'Brien has become the next to inform Randy Edsall he'll transfer out of College Park. Moments later -- while Big Ten and SEC fans were already figuring out how to call dibs -- a message appeared via O'Brien's Twitter account, denying the whole thing:
He really would've been an interesting fit with the Vanderbilt Commodores, too, where he'd be reunited with James Franklin. Still, if he's sticking around, that would answer the question of why in the world he hosted recruit Stefon Diggs on a visit just a few days ago.
Though Maryland's quarterback depth chart -- and entire depth chart -- remains in flux, Maryland fans appear quite relieved to see they're apparently not losing the 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year after all. Pretty weird hour there.
Maryland's one-time quarterback of the future, Danny O'Brien, and offensive lineman Max Garcia are reportedly headed out of College Park. UPDATE: O'Brien appears to have denied the NBC4 reporthttp://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/2012/2/8/2785442/danny-obrien-transferring-maryland-football.
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