After the messy divorce with Randy Edsall and the Maryland Terrapins football team, former Terps QB Danny O’Brien still needs a new team. Unfortunately for the North Carolina kid, who can suit up immediately, all the homestate ACC squads are pretty set at QB already. So that leaves about five schools based on where he’s visited and the early rumors regarding his transfer. We rate them below based on the odds he signs there, along with some pluses and minuses of each situation (from longest shot to most likely):
Mississippi (Odds: 20/1): As appealing as a wide-open offense would appear to O’Brien, he’d likely find life in the bottom of the SEC West among the most difficult things he’s ever endured. Of course he’s a quality quarterback, but we can’t kid ourselves and pretend he’s the next Eli Manning down in Oxford, Miss. Too much pressure and a similar situation to what he had last year (new coach trying to prove his system works) spells disaster and no for Danny.
Connecticut (Odds: 17/1): Hard to peg this move as anything but spite toward former coach Edsall (who used to coach there). Also hard to see him making this choice when he may not be even be the second-best quarterback on the roster. Both Johnny McEntee and Scott McCummings showed effectiveness in 2011, making this a poor and unlikely move for everyone involved.
Penn State (Odds: 10/1): There’s no way O’Brien hasn’t heard about what’s going on there, right? With too many institutional issues and legal storms brewing, this seems like the only situation worse for him than Maryland right now. And yet, with a new regime and quarterback questions, it could also be a nice fit. Expectations would be modest, and he could grow with a new coach. That second part could also backfire (see Mississippi above).
Wisconsin (Odds: 6/1): The team’s done this before — inserting Russell Wilson in his last season of eligibility in 2011. On top of that, O’Brien would get another player deflecting the attention, in star halfback Montee Ball. If he craved glory or a shot at a title, this would be his best bet. However if he failed, the fall would be swift and very painful up in Madison.
Vanderbilt (Odds: 3/1):Should O’Brien make the expected choice and head to Nashville to play for the Commodores, he’ll get several advantages. He’ll be the starter on a talented Vandy team. He reunites with former offensive coordinator James Franklin. And he gets a shot to lead an underdog to an improbably run in the SEC East. Should he elect to pursue personal success over team success, Vanderbilt’s his best bet.
Agree? Disagree? Are there any additional schools on Danny O’Brien’s radar we’re unaware of? Where would you prefer he head off to?
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