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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: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:42 am
 

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

This is Todd's last season by the NCAA rules. 



Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:39 am
 

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

O.K.  Sounds like we have heard from Mrs. Martelli .   Any other family members want to chime in about how a 10 minute and one point per game player that has graduated is breaking all the rules by transferring with the hope of getting some PT ?



Since: Feb 12, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:31 am
 

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

Martelli is as standup a man the NCAA has going for them in any sport.  O'Brien is a complete tool and I hope he doesn't get to play.  You got the degree so just go away.  He doesn't feel he should pay in any wasy for the total jerkoff he was at St. Joes.  I like how some people do.  Phil Martelli on his worst day is 10 times the man this tool ever will be.



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:15 am
 

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

This SHAM is still ongong?



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:48 pm
 

What a petty and pathetic move

This is a perfect example of why the rules need to be changed.  The NCAA claims to be "all about the student-athlete," but then they allow a travesty like this to happen.  Phil Martelli deserves to be fired with no buyout and the NCAA should not allow him to coach for at least as much time as he took away from O'Brien: one season.  

Also, I hope the parents and coaches of future St Joe's recruits are paying very, very close attention to this story.  If I had a son who was a D-1 recruit, there is no way in Hades that I would allow him to play for a an arrogant, vindictive bleep like Martelli or a corrupt cesspool of a program like the one he is running.



Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:15 pm
 

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

O'Brien can't sit out and come back next year.  His eligibility is finished if St. Joe's doesn't reverse course.  In order to play again, O'Brien needs st. Joe's to grant him his release.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:50 pm
 

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

O'Brien did use Pitt to pay for summer school classes.
Of couse this should be St Joes.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:49 pm
 

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

Jeff - is this horse even alive? Why do you continue to beat on it? There is a hardship rule that allows a player to transfer after his undergraduate degree to obtain an advanced degree. O'Brien did use Pitt to pay for summer school classes. Obrien and this issue are not worth the enormous space you have devoted to it while other more worthy stories are being spindled.

My point is O'Brien can waive the constitution but it still applies to him. The school has made clear they will not engage further and now it seems mostly to be a pissing contest between Jeff and St. Joes. But you are getting your readers wet. Jeff. St Joe's has the right to do what they have done. The NCAA has twice supported that decision. Months of pounding here have not moved the needle. Let's move on.



Since: Feb 1, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:31 pm
 

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

Afraid its all over for TOB. Martelli is not going to change his mind now after all the damage has been done. Would make him look worse. UAB & TOB should have started this campaign before the season started, not half way through it.


NiceDAY
Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:09 pm
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