Since quarterback Tate Martell finalized his transfer from Ohio State to Miami, all kinds of details have emerged as to how it went down. The latest report appears to indicate that Martell has been planning a transfer since well-before the end of the 2018 season.
According to a report from CBS Sports, Martell attempted to craft a “transfer waiver appeal” early last season, using the three-game suspension to head coach Urban Meyer as justification.
Per the report, Martell did not file the appeal with the NCAA, with CBS Sports reporting that he may have been “advised against it.”
Former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell was in the process of crafting a transfer waiver appeal last year while with the Buckeyes, citing Urban Meyer’s three-game suspension as a reason, multiple sources have told CBS Sports.
It is not believed Martell ultimately filed the appeal with the NCAA and may have been advised against it. Last season, Martell stayed for his redshirt freshman campaign as a backup for Heisman Trophy finalist Dwayne Haskins.
Martell spent most of the 2018 season backing up quarterback Dwayne Haskins. He finished the season completing 23 of 29 passes for 269 yards and a touchdown.
When Ohio State landed five-star quarterback Justin Fields via the transfer portal at the end of the season, it was widely believed that Martell wanted to leave to avoid losing the starting job to the new arrival.
But this report seems to indicate that Martell was disillusioned with the Buckeyes well-before Fields arrived.
Whether he really planned on leaving or not, he ultimately made the move to the Miami Hurricanes, where he has a good chance to earn the starting job in 2019.