In a very interesting turn of events, University of Miami officials and transfer and quarterback Tate Martell has scored a victory in his appeal to be immediately eligible to play for the Hurricanes this season.
we aren’t ready yet.. but we will be!
oh btw… I’M ELIGIBLE TO PLAY! pic.twitter.com/jSr9wmwiqi
— TATE MARTELL (@TheTateMartell) March 19, 2019
The Hurricanes later confirmed Martell’s sharing of the good news, saying that he will be immediately available to play after having transferred from Ohio State in January. From their statement:
“We are pleased with this ruling and appreciate the NCAA recognizing that this waiver met the criteria under the membership established guidelines,” Director of Athletics Blake James said. “We would like to thank the NCAA, as well as Ohio State University, for their assistance and support throughout the waiver process. We look forward to seeing Tate compete for the Hurricanes this season.”
We wrote previously about Martell coming to the Canes, and trying to be granted a waiver to play immediately. It’s unclear exactly what his argument was that succeeded with the NCAA, as Martell’s hardship cannot be that he’s returning back to his home area, which is Las Vegas.
Further, Martell, (shown above playing against rival Michigan in November) has not graduated from Ohio State, which would also have allowed him to be immediately eligible without a peel.
This is the same way that Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, who was flirting himself with coming to the Hurricanes and new head coach Manny Diaz, was able to transfer to be eligible immediately to go to Oklahoma, where he will play this fall.
The Hurricanes return N’kosi Perry at quarterback, who was the part-time starter under former coach Mark Richt in 2018. However, Miami put Perry on the bench at the end of the season going back to fifth year senior Malik Rosier at quarterback.
As for Martell, he left famed Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, as the second greatest passer in Nevada history, including a combined nearly 5,000 yards and 64 touchdowns in his senior season, as they won the state championship.
And, he will be re-uniting with former Bishop Gorman teammates Bubba Bolden and Brevin Jordan in Miami, now that he is eligible.
Miami will now open the season a week earlier than planned, as well, when they play the Gators at Camping World Stadium in prime time on Saturday night August 24th.
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