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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 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 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 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 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.


Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:42 pm

St. Joe's is hiding behind the skirt of a law

St. Joe's has something to hide here.  Using FERPA is just wrong. 

Universities are very comfortable citing this law when it serves them.  For instance, right now, ESPN is suing Ohio State University to get the e-mails that exist between Jim Tressel and President Gordon Gee.  The university is claiming FERPA.  The e-mails in question concern one student, Terrell Pryor.  If he waives his rights, and says that it is OK for the whole world to see the e-mails.  The university will still claim FERPA!  (Pryor would be trying to save the taxpayers of the state of OHIO a small fortune in legal fees.  Look it up if you don't believe it.)

Good for O'Brien for waiving his "privacy rights."  St. Joes and the NCAA are actnig to keep a form of slavery in place.  St. Joes should not be able to hide behind the skirt of the law.  Let's hope O'Brien has the courage to sue for his own records. 

Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:09 pm

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

good for st. joe's.
way to stand by your principles.
who cares what the reason is.  st. joe's has one (at least).
st. joe's AD (DiJulia) & Coach Martelli have always been revered in the
basketball community for doing things the right way.
the ncaa has it's rules, and st. joe's is playing by them.
it is what it is.  sit out your year.  play next year.  get your 30 points for the season.
and then get a real job like the rest of us.
everyone else, let the AD and Coach do their jobs, and maybe O'Brien can concentrate
right now on what he is supposed to be doing...getting his degree!      
;     &nbs

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:38 pm

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

St. Joe's is taking hits on this.  Recruiting lash-back has to be a concern at this point.  St. Joe's is "looking" terrible right now.

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 6:45 pm
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Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 6:14 pm

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

Obviously he cares, because its his last year of eligability, you moron.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:58 pm

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

No matter the reason, St Joes is the bad guy in public perception because they now look like theyae hiding something, and they probably are. The answer probably is "because I am mad and I don't have to sogn anything". Why he is mada a 1pt per game player leaving is anyones guess but it smacks of childishness. No matter what, it will backfire on them recruitign wise. Kids will beleive Obrien no matter what the school says as long as it is hidden. Most kids don't go to a school thinking they will want to leave later, but the fact is they want the option, and this coach has shown he is vindictive enough to not let them. So you ruin your rep for a 1pt per game guy? dumb

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:46 pm

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

I think the media is barking up the wrong tree trying to paint Martelli and St. Joes as the bad guy.

The NCAA made the decision to reject O'Brien's transfer. From what I read that decision was not dependent on St. Joe's signing. Obviously it helps to have them sign off on it, but the NCAA could have approved it with out St. Joe's signing off. I'm a Georgetown fan and I don't really care about St. Joe's, but they're getting a raw deal in this and the media is on a witch hunt for something that isn't there.

Most graduate and master's degrees take at least 2 years anyway. Why do graduated players need to be able to play immediately upon transfer. If they're really interested in pursuing a degree their school doesn't offer then they really shouldn't have a problem sitting out a year and working on their school work.

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 4:37 pm

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

Don't expect a forthright response - there will be some legal mumbo-jumbo ... which will sound like this:

" upon advice of counsel, the University feels that it is not appropriate to issue a comment, regardless of Mr. O'Brien's offer of a waiver. The ramifications of deviating from standard protocols for compliance with federal privacy laws could set unacceptable precedents."

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 4:35 pm

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

"If this kid knew he was going to transfer, and he used his existing scholarhip to get free tuition and room&board, that was underhanded."  --objectiveobsvr

Turn-about is fair play. These schools routinely make scheduling the classes kids need or want (if they're demanding of the student's time and attention) as difficult as possible. (Ask Robert Smith about his experiences with that at OSU. Better yet, go look at the old newspaper clippings, where he called the assistant coach who tried to bully him into taking basketweaving or some such, so that his pretty little head wouldn't be taxed.)

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 4:32 pm

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

Well done St Joe.  Don't let this fool bully you.  Stick to your guns. 

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