Justin Fields’ transfer to Ohio State has been one of the biggest story lines of this college football offseason. The former five-star recruit and Georgia quarterback is expected to start in Columbus from Day 1.
Last week, the NCAA officially granted Fields a waiver to be immediately eligible at his new school. When he applied for a hardship waiver, it was assumed that Fields was doing so on the basis of a racist incident that occurred during a game at UGA last fall.
The incident led to another Georgia student, Adam Sasser, being dismissed from the baseball team. It generated plenty of headlines as well.
However, Fields’ attorney Tom Mars told ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg that evidence unrelated to the racially-charged event was presented to the NCAA as documentation of Fields’ deserving a waiver.
“Irrefutable documentation that has nothing to do with racism was presented to the NCAA in support of OSU’s request that Justin Fields be given a waiver. That information wasn’t critical of — and didn’t reflect poorly on — the UGA culture, the UGA administration or staff, any particular student, or the student body. And it certainly didn’t reflect poorly on Justin or any member of his family. However, that documentation did provide support for the issuance of a waiver under the NCAA’s rules.”
More insight from attorney Tom Mars on Justin Fields' waiver application to Ohio State: "Irrefutable documentation that has nothing to do with racism was presented to the NCAA in support of OSU’s request that Justin Fields be given a waiver. That… https://t.co/SeTmDw440q
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) February 14, 2019
Regardless of what the NCAA ruled on, Fields being eligible is a game-changer for Ohio State. He gives them a quarterback with high-end talent to run a potentially explosive offense.
The No. 2 quarterback in the 2018 recruiting class, Fields appeared in 12 of 14 games for Georgia as a true freshman. He completed 27-of-39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns.
Fields added 266 rushing yards and four additional scores on the ground.