Former Maryland offensive lineman Mike Madaras, who left both the football program and school during the middle of his sophomore season after saying his “heart is not in the game of football or going to college at this time,” will enroll at the University of Albany to play alongside his younger brother and a former Terrapins coach.
Madaras’s father Dave confirmed the news, initially announced Sunday Morning on Twitter by the Good Counsel High School account, via text message. The family spent the weekend at Albany, where former Maryland defensive line assistant Greg Gattuso is now the head coach. Sam Madaras, a three-star senior guard at Good Counsel with offers from Eastern Kentucky, Hawaii, Miami (Ohio) and North Carolina State, according to Rivals.com, also announced his oral commitment on Twitter after visiting campus.
— GC Football (@gcfootball) January 19, 2014
— Sam Madaras (@SamTheMANdaras) January 19, 2014
Mike Madaras, the starting left tackle and former Under Armour all-American at Good Counsel, announced his intentions to leave the football team on Oct. 29, unrelated to disciplinary measures. His departure necessitated a reshuffling along the offensive line, which included true freshman Moise Larose receiving his first career start on the blindside.
“I did not think it was fair to my teammates to be out there playing when I didn’t share their passion for the game,” Madaras said in a statement at the time. “I appreciate all of the support from Coach [Randy] Edsall and the rest of the Maryland football coaches and support staff. I will be rooting for them in the future.”
Madaras had dealt with disciplinary issues at Maryland, including a two-week suspension over the summer for violating university policy. At Albany, a Football Championship Subdivision program that went 1-11 last season and 0-8 in the CAA, he will be eligible to play immediately.
“He felt like the weight of the world was lifted off him,” Dave Madaras said in a telephone interview after his son’s departure.