- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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Maryland coach Randy Edsall made the right call Wednesday when he finally changed his mind and decided to grant quarterback Danny O'Brien and two other players their full releases from the program with no transfer restrictions.
Edsall took loads of criticism for his decision to not allow three Maryland players the opportunity to transfer to Vanderbilt -- a school that isn't scheduled to play Maryland in the near future and rarely ever competes with the Terps in recruiting.
Maybe all that negativity thrown toward him and the program helped him come to his senses.
Here's what Edsall said in a prepared statement:
"While at first I thought it was important to limit the institutions to which they could transfer, I have since reconsidered my decision. At the end of the day, I want what's best for these guys and I wish them well in their futures."
O'Brien also released a statement on the situation:
"I am pleased to be able to move on and pursue a graduate degree and continue my athletic career at the school of my choosing. "I would like to thank Coach Edsall for his support throughout this process."
Now, it appears O'Brien can take his talents to Vanderbilt and reunite with coach James Franklin, who was the offensive coordinator at Maryland during O'Brien's successful freshman season in 2010.
Well, once the rules are made clear ...
Tuesday, two sources close to the situation told ESPN.com's Heather Dinich that Maryland filed a complaint against Vanderbilt alleging that improper contact occurred between the school and O'Brien.
Vanderbilt vice chancellor David Williams released a statement Wednesday afternoon acknowledging the ACC's complaint against Vandy's football program:
“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.”
Until things get cleared up, O'Brien and Vanderbilt will have to wait before taking the next step, if both sides choose to.
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