Georgia Tech offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien resigned yesterday, and sources familiar with the situation confirmed O'Brien has accepted an offer to become an assistant coach at Maryland.
O'Brien will replace assistant coach Rod Sharpless, who resigned under pressure earlier this month after reportedly violating NCAA rules by giving money to a recruit.
An announcement of O'Brien's hiring is expected to be made next week, perhaps as soon as Monday, according to sources familiar with the situation.
At Maryland, O'Brien, 32, will be reunited with Friedgen. The two coached together at Georgia Tech, where O'Brien coached running backs and was the recruiting coordinator until Friedgen was hired by Maryland after the 2000 season. O'Brien then was promoted to take Friedgen's place as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He and Friedgen have remained close.
O'Brien's role at Maryland is not immediately clear, but he could be given Sharpless's position coaching inside linebackers.
Before being hired by Georgia Tech in 1995, O'Brien was an assistant coach at Brown for two seasons and coached the team's linebackers in 1994. A 1992 graduate of Brown, he lettered in football for three seasons at the school, playing linebacker and defensive line.
O'Brien, who has been considered one of the country's top young assistants, also is regarded as a strong recruiter. Stanford had expressed interested in his filling the school's offensive coordinator vacancy, but O'Brien declined to interview.
Under O'Brien in 2001, Georgia Tech led the ACC in passing offense and ranked third in scoring. However, after the graduation of quarterback George Godsey, the Yellow Jackets struggled this past season, ranking fifth in the conference in total offense and seventh in scoring. After the season, Georgia Tech Coach Chan Gailey said he would take a more active role in the team's offense.
Sharpless, 53, resigned earlier this month after allegedly giving between $300 and $400 to Baltimore defensive end Victor Abiamiri, one of the nation's top high school prospects. Sharpless later admitted giving the money to Abiamiri, sources said, and Maryland hired an Overland Park, Kan., law firm to perform an investigation that is ongoing.