That's the story in this morning's Baltimore Sun by Jeff Barker. The decision comes in the wake of a Sports Illustrated piece by Michael Rosenberg highlighting how Maryland and Edsall were accepting transfers from New Mexico after UNM's Head Coach was fired and subsequently hired to be the Terrapins Offensive Coordinator.
According to the story, "Maryland is pursuing the matter of possible tampering through the schools’ respective conferences." I certainly run the risk of being loud and wrong (not the first time), but I don't buy it. There is a huge difference between saying you are going to pursue tampering changes, and actually doing so. Tampering was the only thread Edsall was holding on to and Franklin, with the backing of Vice Chancellor David Williams, has very publically said he did nothing wrong. Saying they would pursue the claim with the respective conferences is the only way for Maryland to save face.
It should be clear that none of these players have committed or publically stated an intention to transfer to Vanderbilt. However, given all the media attention and the fact this story centered around these players being reunited with Coach James Franklin, you have to like the chances that at least one or two of these guys end up in Nashville.
UPDATE (8:35 am): The Washington Post's Eric Prisbell (who could probably cover Vanderbilt at this point) is reporting that "Maryland has filed a formal complaint with the ACC, an individual familiar with the complaint said. The ACC has turned the complaint over to the SEC, which is expected to review the matter." (Emphasis mine). Prisbell is also saying that the decision to release O'Brien and the others was made by Edsall, not Maryland Athletic Director, Kevin Anderson.