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Will Fields ruling mean Miami transfer QB Martell becomes eligible too?

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Ohio State already got their first victory of 2019 on Friday, when transfer quarterback Justin Fields from Georgia successfully appeal to be eligible immediately to play this fall. Now, the question is: are the Miami Hurricanes about the benefit the same way with their prized transfer Tate Martell?

First, in another example of the NCAA doing whatever it wants and ruling however it wants, regardless of previous president, Fields, who transferred from Georgia in December was granted immediate eligibility to play this upcoming season. This, despite having no foreseeable legitimate reason that he should not have to sit out a transfer year like hundreds of other transferring major college football and basketball players have had to do for the past few decades.

The ESPN item from Dan Murphy above cites how the NCAA has adjusted it’s waiver policy and now considers  “if he (transferring player) can show “documented mitigation circumstances” that the change of schools was made to better impact his “health, safety and well-being.”

However, Fields is from Kennesaw, Georgia and was playing at the University of Georgia. And, he is transferring to a program more than 500 miles away in Columbus, Ohio. So, there could not have been a real argument that Fields needed to go to Columbus, because he was undergoing some kind of family hardship.

The main point (which everyone understands) is he wanted to be quarterbacking the Buckeyes and be able to play immediately.

All of that above is an important point with the Miami QB situation for this fall and Martell.

Ironically, Martell is in the middle of this whole transfer soap opera mess, because he left Ohio State at around the same time Fields was looking to transfer there.

As we wrote previously, Martell is a Las Vegas High School star that was wooed East to Ohio State by Urban Meyer. However, he saw little-to-no playing time over the last couple of seasons. This included him riding the bench in 2018, as Dwayne Haskins led Ohio State to the Big Ten Championship and a Rose Bowl victory over Washington on New Year’s Day. 

Martell chose to transfer to Miami, as new Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz took over and hired Dan Enos, the former Alabama quarterback coach, to be his offensive coordinator. Obviously, one of the biggest factors is that Martell understands that he’s got a legitimate chance to win the starting job with the only real competition being last year’s part time starter N’Kosi Perry being on the roster.

And now, very similar to Fields his case, Martell doesn’t have a legitimate hardship reason to go from Columbus, Ohio to Miami and somehow be eligible to play this fall.

However, now that the college governing body Friday green lighted Fields’ eligibility, it seems unlikely if almost impossible, that they could look at the Martell-Miami situation and say: “you don’t deserve the chance to play to under our new relaxed guidelines.”

Another example of those guidelines has been: a player having already graduated from school. The NCAA  clearly laid out a decade ago that a player could, then transfer immediately anywhere else that they wanted.

This was the case with Alabama transfer in quarterback Jalen Hurts, who got his degree in December. And he was actually talking to Miami in January about possibly transferring with Enos, as he got the offensive coordinator job.

Ultimately, Hurts chose Oklahoma and head coach Lincoln Riley for this fall. And, that enabled Martell to step in as the possible transfer solution in Coral Gables.

As for both Fields and Martell, neither of them have obtained their degree from Georgia or Ohio State to take advantage of that part of the policy.

So, now we wait for the appeal process of Martell and wonder if the NCAA denies him, as some continue to suggest in South Florida, that it’s a bias or different set of stringent standards that are put towards the Hurricanes.

This is because they have been in trouble repeatedly in the past with the NCAA, including earlier this decade with the Nevin Shapiro controversy/investigation.

Will Martell win his appeal to play now? Fields’ victory for his eligibility certainly didn’t hurt.

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Not so fast on QB D’Eriq King coming to Hurricanes?

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24 hours later it doesn’t look dead certain that Houston transfer quarterback D’Eriq King will end up at the University of Miami after all.

In fact, it may be several days before we know the coveted grad transfer QB decides to do.

This after a report Sunday out of Houston from Fox 26 Sports director Mark Berman ,who got comments from King about his short term plans and visits:

It is interesting that King is considering Maryland in the mix in addition to powerhouse LSU and possibly trying to revitalize Miami.

As our Jamil King wrote on Sunday it looked like the Houston standout quarterback was “e-ticketed” for Coral Gables and to come as a package deal with newly hired offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. Lashlee, who has previously been at Auburn and the SMU offensive coordinator the last couple of seasons, was hired two weeks ago to help jump start the Canes disastrous offense from the second half of last year.

Quarterback play plagued the Canes in 2019 with Jarren Williams showing flashes of great play followed by freshman mistakes and inconsistency. N’kosi Perry found his way into some games, but was also inconsistent in his own right. Miami suffered humiliating losses to FIU and at Duke to close the regular season.

Then, the Hurricanes were completely inept in the Independence Bowl, while being shut out 14-0. This, while rumors were swirling everywhere that coach Manny Diaz would be firing his first year offensive coordinator, Dan Enos. Enos, who had been the QB coach at Alabama, was fired the next day.

Back to King, if the Hurricanes are able to land him, they get a player who over his career at the University of Houston threw for 4,925 yards for an average of 8.2 yards per attempt and tossed 50 touchdowns with only ten interceptions.

King also completed almost 62% of his passes with the Cougars, adding another 28 touchdowns on the ground. He promises to bring some explosives, something the Canes desperately needed, if they can land him.

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Miami Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz found out very quickly that the life if a head coach isn’t an easy one. He saw his Miami Hurricane offense move nothing like a “Hurricane” at all.

Instead of fast and lethal, it was often slow and stagnant.

Thus, Diaz had to go in a different direction for his offense replacing his first-year offensive coordinator Dan Enos, and he made what looks to be like a strong hire in Rhett Lashlee, bringing his spread offense over from SMU.

Quarterback play plagued the Canes in 2019 with Jarren Williams showing flashes of great play followed by freshman mistakes and inconsistency. N’kosi Perry found his way into some games but was also inconsistent in his own right.\

With New OC Lashlee coming in, it was going to be interesting if either Williams or Perry could run the new system or if seldom used 2019 transfer Tate Martell may be the best fit?

All of those questions may be answered for us already with news coming out today on a new Miami quarterback entering the fold. Houston transfer D’Eriq King has decided to play for the Canes in 2020.

King is an immediate upgrade in the QB room for a few different reasons for the Hurricanes in 2020. First, over his career at the University of Houston (above), King has thrown for 4,925 yards for an average of 8.2 yards per attempt and tossed 50 touchdowns with only ten interceptions.

King also completed almost 62% of his passes with the Cougars, adding another 28 touchdowns on the ground. The young man can flat out play ball, something the Canes desperately needed.

King is also going to be a leader in the locker room and the quarterback room. He is an older guy and will be someone everyone can look up to and listen to another coach on the field. King also brings the most to this offense.

He has the ability to make deep throws to the far side or hit a man in stride. He also brings the running ability to the offense that opens up a Pandora’s box for Lashlee. He can use the QB designed run, an option here and there, and lots of RPOs.

The addition of King is certainly an exciting one, and once again, for the second offseason in a row, there is new optimism on the offense in Coral Gables.

The question is this time will the excitement last longer into the season, and will it produce?

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