Remember back in 2002 and 2003 when the Maryland football program kept Scott McBrien under wraps from the media when it played West Virginia?
It’s time for a similar scenario to unfold in lacrosse, this time with attackman Will Yeatman.
Yeatman, who played football and lacrosse at Notre Dame, will be off-limits to media folk like me for the week as the Terrapins get ready for Sunday’s game against the seventh-seeded Fighting Irish.
Here’s the comment from Yeatman provided from Maryland:
“Some of by best friends in life are on the Notre Dame lacrosse team and I have tremendous respect for the coaches and staff at Notre Dame,” said Yeatman. “So, to treat all parties with the proper respect, I will not be conducting interviews this week.”
The fascinating angle here is not really Yeatman playing his old team. It’s the fact that he’s returning to his old school, where he was a rather high-profile recruit in two sports.
Things didn’t quite work out. He was arrested twice in 2008 (once changed with operating a vehicle under the influence, the other time arrested but never charged for underage drinking).
When I chatted with Yeatman back in February, he said his decision to transfer had everything to do with personal happiness and nothing to do with the people he played for and with in South Bend.
“It was a time in my life where I said ‘Look, if I want to come out of here and truly be a happy person and really change as a person, I think I need to have a change in my life,’” Yeatman said then. “I’m really happy I wound up here. It’s been a great fit for me so far.”
Yeatman’s enjoyed a solid (but hardly dominant) season, with 13 goals and 13 assists, but he’ll obviously be the center of attention on Sunday. Here’s guessing when he talks afterward he says many of the same things we heard all spring in College Park.