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Todd O'Brien to CBSSports: 'I'll waive anything'

Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:06 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2012 2:15 pm
 


                                                                                                                                                                                       (US Presswire)

By Jeff Goodman

Todd O'Brien told CBSSports.com he's willing to sign anything, waive anything -- in order for Saint Joseph's to finally divulge the reason why it hasn't allowed him to play this season at UAB. 

"I have nothing to hide," O'Brien said on Monday. ""I'll sign whatever they want. "

A call to Saint Joseph's athletic director Don DiJulia was not immediately returned Monday in an effort to see if the school had any response to O'Brien's willingness to waive student privacy laws. 

O'Brien, if you recall, averaged one point per game last season at St. Joe's and transferred to UAB. He was hoping to take advantage of the NCAA's rule which allows a player to utilize his final season of eligibility immediately - pending he has graduated and will study a major that wasn't offered at his previous institution. 

St. Joe's coach Phil Martelli and the administration didn't sign off on O'Brien being allowed to compete at UAB this year -- and the NCAA upheld the decision. 

O'Brien told CBSSports.com his latest appeal by the NCAA was denied. 

No one truly knows the reason that St. Joe's hasn't allowed O'Brien the opportunity to finish his college career. 

There has been speculation that O'Brien's involvement in a stolen laptop incident -- one in which he was cleared -- played a factor. Others believe it's because Martelli felt O'Brien wasn't truthful and used the school to pay for summer classes while he knew he was transferring. There are those who feel as though Martelli won't sign it because O'Brien isn't going to UAB for academics. 

"We respect the fact we can't comment," St. Joe's athletic director Don DiJulia told CBSSports.com last week. "Due to federal privacy laws." 

But now O'Brien has made it clear he will waive whatever laws exist so that the school is forced to state its case. 

"I just want the truth to come out," O'Brien said. 

Martelli told CBSSports.com last week it was an NCAA matter and that his position remains in tune with the university. 

"That's all I can say," Martelli said. "We stand by the NCAA's decision." 

"The problem is that the NCAA is saying it's St. Joe's decision and the school is putting it on the NCAA," O'Brien said. "It's ridiculous." 

What's ridiculous is if St. Joe's continues to remain tight-lipped.

Comments

Since: Jun 16, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:44 am
 

Todd O'Brien to CBSSports: 'I'll waive anything'

Phil Martelli and the staff, including the athletic director, at SJU, need to sign the da@# release form and let the young man finish an extra year!  He avg. 1 point a game for goodness sakes!  This behavior will affect the recruitment of new athletes that do not condone this kind of treatment.  SJU grow up or you will be looking in the rear view mirror soon!



Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:45 pm
 

Todd O'Brien to CBSSports: 'I'll waive anything'

"That's what you gonna see from SJU, we gotta whole lot of gangstas on the coaching staff…. Todd went around disrespecting us before the season, so we ZIPPED him up… you wont see him playing ball this year"

Phil Martelli



Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:37 pm
 

Todd O'Brien to CBSSports: 'I'll waive anything'

Dude, stop. SJU won't release him.  They have owned it.  Why can't you?

There are NO technical/legal issues.  Phil and SJU do not want Todd to play and he will not play. 



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:54 pm
 

Todd O'Brien to CBSSports: 'I'll waive anything'

It does not matter if St. Joes releases him or not. Based on the rules he is inelligeable to use the transfer waiver he was trying to get. You can not transfer to a school for a graduate program your school doesn't have if you're already transfered once like O'Brien did. So by the NCAA rules the NCAA rejected his application. He's trying to get around this.

http://www.ncaa.org/wps/portal/ncaa

home?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/ncaa/NCAA/Legis

lation+and+Governance/Eligibility+a
nd+Recruiting/Faqs/eligibility_seas
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.html#graduate_student_eligibility

"The student-athlete may not have transferred previously from another four-year institution unless he or she transferred previously and received an exception to the transfer residence requirement because his or her institution either discontinued the sport or did not sponsor the sport in which the student-athlete is a participant."

So even if he got St. Joe's consent which is another requirement. He still would not be allowed to play for UAB. That's why this is a non-story.



Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:04 pm
 

Todd O'Brien to CBSSports: 'I'll waive anything'

well said! In this day and age bad decisions seem to abound in Universities  especially as it relates to athletics.



Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:44 pm
 

Todd O'Brien to CBSSports: 'I'll waive anything'

This is a PR nightmare for St. Joe's- who's advising them? Lebron James?
Whether they are right or wrong at this point does not matter.
In the court of public opinon, the kids always win.
The quicker they release him, the quicker this goes away.
The longer they stonewall, the more the repuation of Martelli and the university will suffer. 




Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:41 pm
 

Todd O'Brien to CBSSports: 'I'll waive anything'

A real moron is one who describes subject scholarship as "a fucking basketball scholarship". You!! KNUCKLHEAD, must be related to O'brien. O'brien makes correct use of the f word giving Buknell, St Joe and now possibly UAB an F ing. You obviously are a dumbass who believes in entitlement. O'brien is a basketball stiff anyway U cut it. If U ever saw him play in D1 competition You could not but agree. As to retarded comments, "You can not handle the truth." I note you strongly advocate a lawsuit against anybody associated with O'brien's basketball/academic career. Do not forget to include all his coaches and advisers down thru his biddy basketball career so He can hopefully find a deep enuf pocket, win and continue his road to entitlement.


Cye Harold



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:53 am
 

Todd O'Brien to CBSSports: 'I'll waive anything'

Hey cye harold, what exactly do you think a fucking basketball scholarship is, if not "working the system to get a free education...."??You dumbass moron.....O'Brien needs to sue the corrupt NCAA, St. Joe's and Phil MartellI, and clean their fucking asses in court.  And you need to stop posting retarded comments.



Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:46 am
 

Todd O'Brien to CBSSports: 'I'll waive anything'

UAB is O'briens 3rd team. He is basically a D1 stiff that has manipulated the system to get a free education up thru his masters. He is also 7 ft. tall. If he were any good as a player would we even be here?. He also had at least one published character issue while at St Joe. What happened to him at Bucknell? If he misled St joe in any way and the NCAA says that is legal, "buyer beware", then St Joe should swallow it and cut him loose. Hopefully UAB will not allow him to scam them.  It will be interesting to see how much UAB will invest in a proven stiff. If he could not get minutes at St Joe will he do any better at UAB?. O'brien will need all the credentials he can get when he enters the real world. The only thing 7 ft. gets you there is an invitation to play in a summer league with a bunch of guys 5' 10'. O'brien should stay in Alabama to pursue a career. His reputation in the Northest will proceed him.



Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:46 am
 

Todd O'Brien to CBSSports: 'I'll waive anything'

Arrognace and personal agenda of Phil martelli continues on Hawk Hill..  If only the administration was that demanding of a winning program and NCAA Tourney appearances on Martelli.


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