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Your Monday Reality Check: O’Brien saga another example of flawed system

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Your Monday Reality Check: O’Brien saga another example of flawed system

Posted on 22 July 2013 by Glenn Clark

I’ve never hidden from the fact that I never actually finished my degree at the University of Maryland.

I mean, Mark Zuckerburg never finished his degree either. So no worries, right?

You (have to) know I’m an alum of the school in College Park, and our buddy Chris Lombardi once nicknamed me “The Tradition” because of the old Navy football advertising slogan “tradition never graduates.”

I never got around to finishing my degree for a number of reasons. One was because I got my first (nearly) full-time job in radio and I was very distracted. I missed a number of classes because my radio mentors told me I should try to be at the station as much as possible. I was introducing Jimmy Eat World records late at night and recapping Terps basketball games during the day. I never wanted to leave.

The other issue I dealt with was a bit more personal. My parents offered me about two semesters worth of help (and I’m forever grateful to them for being able to help even that much) financially, and then I was on my own. I cleverly took cheaper classes concurrently at the Community College of Baltimore County (who actually gave me a “degree”, so I’ve got that going for me) for awhile, but ultimately struggled after shifting back to Maryland. I tried to finish my degree using the school’s “University College” program, but I was simply putting myself in much too significant debt while trying to begin my professional life.

Much like Alex Len, I was forced to make the tough choice to leave school early.

It’s nearly a guarantee you don’t care about any of my collegiate career, but if you stuck around I have a point to make.

I would have LOVED to have had the opportunity to attend the University of Maryland with tuition paid. I didn’t get that opportunity. I couldn’t catch a football, I couldn’t dunk a basketball, I most certainly couldn’t nail a behind the back bounce shot on the lacrosse field.

Former University of Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien WAS granted the opportunity to attend the University of Maryland on scholarship. He was given said scholarship because when he played quarterback in high school in North Carolina, former Terps Offensive Coordinator James Franklin and head coach Ralph Friedgen believed he could help them win football games and wanted to convince him to choose the school over other interested schools.

It’s important to point out that as someone who couldn’t really afford to finish my own degree at the same University of Maryland, I do not begrudge O’Brien one bit for being able to get his own without having to pay for it.

I don’t begrudge him one bit because as the quarterback of the football team, O’Brien had significant value at the University. He played a major role in helping the University make money, likely responsible for much more than the amount his three years of scholarship money added up to.

I reference this story because we found out this weekend that Danny O’Brien would be spending his final year of collegiate eligibility at Division II Catawba College this fall. It is a long fall from ACC Rookie of the Year (2010) and starting quarterback at the University of Wisconsin (2012).

The news was first reported by Scout.com Friday night and met with reaction that was quite surprising to me. Here are some of those reactions (including a bit of language) from the @WNST Twitter account…

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Former Vanderbilt G Astroth transfers to Towson

Posted on 11 July 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON BASKETBALL ADDS VANDERBILT TRANSFER A.J. ASTROTH
Versatile Guard Will Have Three Years of Eligibility Remaining Starting in 2014-15
TOWSON, Md. – Versatile guard A.J. Astroth, who played for Vanderbilt University last season, has transferred to Towson University and will play for the Tigers starting in 2014-15, it has been announced by head coach Pat Skerry.

A native of Tampa, Fla. and a graduate of Wharton High School, Astroth has three years of eligibility remaining.

“We’re extremely excited to add a player the caliber of A.J. to our program,” said Skerry. “He’s coming from a very good and well-coached program at Vanderbilt. His time playing in the SEC and for Coach Kevin Stallings will benefit him greatly. We expect that he’ll be a major contributor to our team at the guard position after his sit-out year.

“A.J. is a very versatile perimeter player that can fill up the stat sheet in a number of ways. I also think he’ll benefit greatly working with our player development staff. We know he’s excited and focused to make an impact for the Tigers.”

Astroth is a 6-6, 200-pound guard, who averaged 22 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.4 steals while attending Wharton High School. Astroth, who graduated as the school’s all-time leading scorer, was rated as a three-start recruit by ESPN and Rivals.com.

During his freshman year at Vanderbilt, Astroth played in nine games, averaging 0.4 points and 0.6 rebounds per game. He scored against Alabama A&M (12/15/12) and at Missouri (1/26/13) and grabbed a season-high four rebounds at Arkansas (1/12/13).

Astroth was a first-team All-Hillsborough County member during his junior and senior seasons at Wharton. He earned second-team All-State notice during his senior campaign. His Wharton High School team was a three-time district champion and a regional runner-up in his senior season. Astroth was named team captain twice and was a member of the high honor roll for four years. He was also a member of the National Honor Society.

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Maryland to face Marist, Morgan to face LaSalle in 2013 Paradise Jam

Posted on 23 April 2013 by WNST Staff

The University of Maryland men’s basketball team will face Marist in the first round of the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.

The Paradise Jam will take place Nov. 22-25, with the games set to be televised by CBS Sports Network.

The first game of the event pits Northern Iowa vs. Loyola Marymount at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, with Maryland and Marist following at approximately 5 p.m. The evening session includes Providence vs. Vanderbilt and Morgan State vs. La Salle.

The losing teams in the first round will move to the consolation bracket and play on Saturday, Nov. 23, while the winners will play on Sunday, Nov. 24. The championship game is scheduled for 10 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25.

Maryland is coming off a 25-13 season in which it advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament and National Invitation Tournament. Marist went 10-21 last season.

Game times are subject to change. Times listed are Atlantic Standard Time (one hour ahead of Eastern Daylight Time).

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