Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien has decided to transfer to an unknown school, the school announced on Monday.
I'm disappointed by Danny's decision, Edsall said in a statement. Danny told me that he's not committed to our program, that he's not 'all in.' I want what's best for all of our players. Danny wants a fresh start elsewhere. I wish him well.
O'Brien, the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2010, had major issues with first-year coach Randy Edsall's coaching philosophies, according to a source. The junior was recently on a study abroad trip to Australia and frequently disparaged Edsall.
The source said that O'Brien would frequently mention that Edsall ruined his life and would scream out F-- Edsall at random times while visiting local bar establishments. At one point students serenaded O'Brien with C.J. Brown chants to which O'Brien reportedly lost his cool. The source stated that all of the students on the study abroad program were asked to not talk about O'Brien's frequent anger outbursts about Edsall to anyone outside of the program.
O'Brien came into the season with high hopes after a strong first year under the helm, but was benched in favor of C.J. Brown for a few games during the season. He didn't seem to mesh nearly as well in offensive coordinator Gary Crowton's spread offense as he did under current Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin's in 2010. He threw for 2,438 yards, 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2010, but slid to 2011 to 1,648 yards, seven touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
One source told the International Business Times that O'Brien would like to rejoin Franklin in Vanderbilt, but The Washington Post reported that Edsall has blocked him from that school. He was given a general release to schools, but won't be granted a release to the Commodores. He is scheduled to graduate early in the spring and would be eligible to play immediately for another university that offers a graduate program not available at Maryland.
Since Edsall replaced Ralph Friedgen last year, 24 players with remaining eligibility have transferred out of the program. The Terrapins finished 2-10 last season after going 9-4 in 2010 and were generally considered to be one of the biggest disappointments in college football.