Former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell announced his transfer destination late Tuesday night - officially picking the Miami Hurricanes. It looks like he might be requesting some help from the NCAA in a bid to be able to play this year.
Martell has only been on Ohio State's campus for two years, and while there have been reports that he's possibly on track to graduate in May, it looks like he could instead need the NCAA to grant him a waiver so he can play this coming year.
Martell, according to 247 Sports, is seeking a hardship waiver because of Ohio State's coaching change. After this past season, Urban Meyer retired, and Ryan Day became the program's new coach.
One of Day's first moves was to bring in former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields. Martell announced he'd be transferring just days later.
It remains to be seen whether Martell will be granted the waiver, but apparently, someone close to the family thinks it's very possible. Via 247 Sports:
The Ohio State transfer, who just finished his redshirt freshman year in Columbus, would appear to be an unlikely candidate for a waiver without any known hardships. But according to another source — this one close to the Martell family — he has "a better shot than you'd think."
Martell, in his first two years in Columbus, sat behind J.T. Barrett and later Dwayne Haskins. Before the Fields transfer, he was expected to be Ohio State's next starting quarterback.
It's unclear how this will play out. If the NCAA denies his waiver request, he'll have to sit out a year.