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Tate Martell Is Eligible For Miami In 2019

Alex Donno
March 21, 2019 - 11:41 am

After what felt like an eternity, the NCAA has ruled in Tate Martell's favor. The former Ohio State quarterback has been granted his 'hardship waiver,' meaning he won't have to sit out the 2019 season with the Miami Hurricanes. 

Martell has three years of eligibility remaining, and enters a three-way competition with redshirt sophomore N'Kosi Perry and redshirt freshman Jarren Williams for the starting job in Coral Gables. 

Martell announced the good news on his Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon:

The NCAA's decision on Martell has left some college football fans wondering if they set a clear precedent by granting a 'hardship waiver.' If Martell is allowed to play immediately after transfering due to a coaching change (Urban Meyer to Ryan Day), will this open the floodgates? 

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson spoke to Martell's lawyer and a University of Miami source. There's more to the issue than meets the eye. 

▪ Leach, according to a UM source, made the case that after landing quarterback Justin Fields from Georgia, Ohio State made no efforts to keep Martell. This argument carried weight with the NCAA.

After Ohio State landed Fields, the relationship between Martell and the Buckeyes obviously was impacted, and “no efforts were made by Ohio State to rectify the feelings between the two,” the source said. “Tate felt it was in his and Ohio State’s best interests to transfer.

Ohio State did not object to that or try to get him to change his mind.”

▪ It was enormously helpful that Ohio State did not object to any of the contentions made by Leach in his presentation to the NCAA even though the Buckeyes were given the opportunity to do so.

Nor did Ohio State suggest that Martell shouldn’t be eligible this season.

Will Martell be Miami's starting quarterback when the season opens? The Canes open up their 2019 campaign on August 24th. They'll face the Florida Gators at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.