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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: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:53 pm
 

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

"The school will never come out and say they are pi$$ed at this kid for what he did. It would make the school look bad.By keeping quiet, they get their vengeance and don;t have to worry about looking bad. "

How does the school not look bad already? refusing to do anything at all refusing to keep this from a situation outside of the school and allowing it to become a media circus. Forcing this student to keep their life on hold. This is a good example of how a parocial school thinks its above others. If you want to make the $$ other schools do, these are the situations that come about.. how many times do you hear a blirp that some kid is transfering out of a certain school to another school and thats the last you hear..

This is no big deal, made a huge deal because "You dont do that to US" mentality... 

I am from Philly.. St.Joe's needs to grow a pair and let the kid walk.. 



Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:52 pm
 

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

If this kid did something to screw Martelli, it's Martelli's prerogative not to sign this, and he's exercising that option.
Martelli comes off as petty here especially since the kid's overall impact on the program is minimal. File this under "Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should." 



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:50 pm
 

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

The bottom line is..Who really cares??




Since: Apr 5, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:37 pm
 

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

Actions speak louder than words. Sign the paper. Funny thou he said last week he wouldnt sign a release in a tv interview.



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:07 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.

The school will never come out and say they are pi$$ed at this kid for what he did. It would make the school look bad.By keeping quiet, they get their vengeance and don;t have to worry about looking bad. 

Or maybe St. Joes is a douche for preventing this kid from playing one more year.

Moral of the story? Kids, take advantage of your paid education, because your sports days will end, you won't be getting tail at college parties every weekend, and you'll soon be a regular Joe like almost everyone else. I hope O'Brien has a great career in something other than professional sports.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:55 pm
 

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

This kid sounds like he has committment issues.  Third school in four years??  Allows StJoes pay for all of his summer classes and room&board and then decides to transfer??

Looking at his career numbers not even sure why UAB would want him on the team.



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:43 pm
 

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

Actually, it's not so rediculous at all.  If this kid did something to screw Martelli, it's Martelli's prerogative not to sign this, and he's exercising that option.  There's nothing that says he has to make everyone aware what his motives are.  He has that right, and he's using it.  I'll bet the kid crossed him in a significant way at some point, and now kharma is taking over.  Too bad.



Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:40 pm
 

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

I'd love for the tables to be turned on that goon, Martelli, someday.  "I'm sorry, coach, but we can't "release" you from your coaching duties here at St. Joe's.  Unfortunately, it's an NCAA decision and we don't care what your agent says." 


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