The Former Maryland Player Hostage Crisis appears to be over.
Quarterback Danny O'Brien, offensive lineman Max Garcia and linebacker Mario Rowson, who announced their intentions to transfer last week, can transfer anywhere they wish and accept athletic scholarships. Previously, Terrapins coach Randy Edsall had refused to release the players to fellow ACC schools, any nonconference school on Maryland's schedule in the next two years and Vanderbilt. Wednesday, Maryland announced the players could transfer within the ACC or to Vanderbilt and accept athletic scholarships.
All it took was a thorough public shaming. Edsall was drawn and quartered in media new and old, and rightfully so. (The slices included an epic takedown from The Washington Post's Sally Jenkins; may the rest of us pray we never draw her ire.) No one blocked Edsall from getting paid by another school when he bailed on Connecticut to go to Maryland last year, so what right does he have to restrict anyone else's movement?