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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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Former Canes coach Golden apparently ready for trial against school

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Former Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden is apparently about to have his day in court, while trying to recoup what he says is multi-millions of dollars that the University still owes him from firing him 5 years ago.

Miami Herald writer and columnist Barry Jackson had more on Monday evening that there apparently will not be a settlement by the school with the man that coached them for parts of five seasons in the 2010s.

Golden is seeking in excess of $3 million for what he says is compensation per his contract that he was owed when Miami terminated him in October of 2015 after a humiliating 58 – 0 lost to Clemson. The University says that Golden has been paid what the contract required.

As Jackson reported, there have already been depositions on both sides, including with Miami athletic director Blake James. And both James and Golden will be testifying in the civil suit about what went wrong and how it has not been rectified for almost three years, since the dispute started.

Golden came to Miami after having turned around the Temple football program, but only went 32 – 25 in his four plus seasons. He contends in a chain of emails that were obtained by the media recently, that the University mislead him about the Nevin Shapiro payment scandal and the punishments that Miami was going to receive for scholarship losses and a bowl ban.

He further contends that he asked for tough opponents like Wisconsin and Michigan State to be pushed back on the Canes schedule early in his tenure, while they were in the middle of the sanctions. However, that  James would not relent, thereby, making it much tougher for Miami to compete and win.

The University has had no comment on the possible suit going to trial. Golden’s lawyer told the media recently that they are anxious to have their day in front of a judge and jury.

Golden has been a position coach in the NFL with the Detroit Lions the last two years. Meanwhile, Miami is still trying to find their footing with coach Manny Diaz coming off a dismal 6-7 season where they lost their last three games. That included a humiliating 14-0 shutout loss to Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl.

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Hurricanes name College Hall of Famer Ed Reed Chief of Staff

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The Miami Hurricanes are hoping to reestablish their winning ways, and coach Manny Diaz is starting 2020 by reaching back to a prominent member of their recent past to help them.

Diaz and the school announced Thursday afternoon that former All-American, National Champion and College and NFL Hall of Fame safety, Ed Reed, will be coming aboard as a newly-created “Chief of Staff” position for Hurricanes football:

As the school’s release said, Reed “will be responsible in advisory role of all aspects of the football program including strategic planning, quality control, operations, player evaluation and player Development among other duties.

Diaz said in the statement,

“We are thrilled to welcome Ed back to Coral Gables,” Diaz said. “He is not only one of the most decorated players in Miami football history but also a devoted Cane who cares deeply about this program. All of our players, coaches and staff will be fortunate to tap into his experience, knowledge and passion on a regular basis.”  

This hire comes on the heels of Miami apparently botching the hiring in a similar role of former star RB  from the 80’s Alonzo Highsmith earlier this month. Highsmith negotiated with Diaz and AD Blake James about looking to come back to Coral Gables after having been in a similar role with the Cleveland Browns in the NFL this past year. Alas, they could not agree. Highsmith has since been fired after the Browns fired GM John Dorsey and shook up their front office.

As for the “Chief of Staff” position, numerous college programs, including Clemson Alabama and Georgia have a similar positions to aid and assist the head coach with the day-to-day administration of program.

You cannot find a more decorated Cane willing to help, as Reed was arguably the best safety in college football in the 2000s. Miami posted a 23 – 1 record over his final two seasons (’00-’01) and he was part of the 2001 BCS Championship team that finished 11-1 and destroyed Nebraska in the Rose Bowl.

Reed with a consensus First-team All-American in 2000 and 2001 and set the Hurricanes record for interceptions with 21 before leaving Coral Gables.

Reed was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2018 for his accomplishments.

Reed was later a first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2002, playing at 11 sasons with them before playing his final year with the Texans and the Jets. He is a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and was an All-Pro six times. Reed was just inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame year ago.

Read was not quoted in the release by the Hurricanes on Thursday afternoon.

However, he did participate earlier during Super Bowl week in Miami with former Hurricanes legendary coach Jimmy Johnson in a special program from Fox Sports with other famous Hurricane alumni like Michael Irvin.

The program called “The ReUnion” dealt with Miami trying to regain the winning ways and dominance of the 80s and 90s.

Miami stumbled to a 6-6 finish and then was embarrassed to end Diaz’s first season with a 14-0 shutout loss to Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl.

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