Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell is transferring to the University of Miami. He announced the move on Twitter on Tuesday night.
Martell, a former top recruit, is a rising redshirt sophomore. Unless he’s able to graduate by the end of the spring semester – or get a waiver from the NCAA – he’ll have to sit out the 2019 season.
It looks like Martell will be attempting to get that waiver.
His reasoning: Ohio State underwent a coaching change, as Urban Meyer surprisingly decided to retire following the 2018 season.
247Sports had the details:
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.”
Early indications are that Martell will try to use Ohio State’s sudden coaching change, from Urban Meyer to Ryan Day, as grounds to be immediately eligible.
Obviously, if Martell can expedite his graduation at Ohio State by summertime, he’d be clear to play immediately at Miami.
Ohio State’s new quarterback, Justin Fields, is also seeking a waiver. He’s hired notable attorney Tom Mars.
Will Mars be representing Martell, too? He’s not saying at the moment.
Tom Mars said last week he would not represent Tate Martell. I asked him today if the former Ohio State quarterback reached out for his services. The response: pic.twitter.com/ix6GpKqcq8
— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) January 16, 2019