Danny O’Brien won’t be reuniting with Vanderbilt coach James Franklin after all.
O’Brien, the former Maryland quarterback, has decided to transfer to Wisconsin for his final two seasons of eligibility.
“We’re excited that Danny has chosen to attend Wisconsin,” Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said in a statement. “… 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.”
O’Brien was the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2010 when Franklin was the offensive coordinator at Maryland.
Expected to graduate from Maryland this spring, O’Brien will not have to sit out a year due to transfer rules. He reportedly chose the Badgers over Vanderbilt and Penn State.
“I will always be a proud Terp alum, but am hungry to get after it and start my next chapter in Madison!” O’Brien wrote on his Twitter account on Wednesday. “Lots of hard work ahead. #JumpAround.”
After O’Brien announced his decision to transfer last month, Vanderbilt and Franklin were accused of improper contact by Maryland head coach Randy Edsall. Maryland filed a complaint to the Atlantic Coast Conference, which then notified the Southeastern Conference.
Two weeks ago, Vanderbilt vice chancellor of athletics David Williams completed an internal investigation and forwarded the report to the SEC.
O’Brien would have increased the Commodores’ depth at quarterback. Midway through spring practices, senior Jordan Rodgers is the frontrunner to keep his starting job. He is receiving a push from Wyoming transfer and former Mountain West Conference freshman of the year Austyn Carta-Samuels. Mid-semester enrollee and incoming freshman Patton Robinette, a Maryville native, is listed third on the depth chart.