- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 15, 2003

Maryland hired former Georgia Tech offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien yesterday as its inside linebackers coach.
O'Brien replaces Rod Sharpless, who recently resigned amid accusations of giving $300 to a potential recruit. The NCAA likely will rule it a minor violation in coming days. O'Brien also might be a long-term replacement for offensive coordinator Charlie Taaffe, who is expected to be a candidate for a head coaching position in 2004.
O'Brien is the first change in coach Ralph Friedgen's staff since the latter's arrival in 2001. Maryland begins spring practice Feb.23.
"Anybody who has risen at such an early age to the position of offensive coordinator and assistant head coach truly recognizes what it takes to be a successful football coach," Friedgen said. "That we were able to get him to come to Maryland as a position coach really says a lot for our program, and I know we will benefit from his presence on our staff."
O'Brien, 33, spent the last eight seasons at Georgia Tech. He became the Yellow Jackets' offensive coordinator in the 2000 Peach Bowl when Friedgen left for Maryland. However, O'Brien resigned Feb.6 after reportedly not meshing well with first-year coach Chan Gailey last season.
"I am happy to join the program considering the success that Ralph and his staff have going here right now," O'Brien said.
O'Brien played linebacker three seasons at Brown (1990 to 1992) before becoming the school's tight ends and linebackers coach for two seasons. He then worked as a Georgia Tech graduate assistant for three seasons before coaching running backs for three years. Georgia Tech led the ACC in passing offense and was third in scoring during O'Brien's first season as coordinator.

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