We’ve been watching the Martell transfer situation because the Justin Fields transfer situation obviously begat the Martell transfer situation, but what Martell intends to try now bears watching on its own.
Martell is not leaving Ohio State as a graduate transfer, and he’ll need more than one semester to graduate from Miami. That means he’ll be applying for a waiver from the NCAA in order to play in 2019, and his attorney told the Toledo Blade on Thursday that he believes Martell’s case has merit for reasons that include the Buckeyes’ change in coaches from Urban Meyer to Ryan Day.
“There were some things that happened at Ohio State that we can potentially get some relief from the NCAA, and we’re going to try it that way,” the attorney, Travis Leach, told the newspaper. “The coaching staff turnover is an issue. There are a few things. There’s no real bright-line test that tells you 100 percent how you can get a waiver. This is a tough one, but there are some good facts on his side.” [Emphasis added.]
That’s right. If you’re college football, it’s the big one, Elizabeth. They’re gonna try to argue Martell deserves a get out of jail free card because of the coaching change (even if that seems a little weird in this context since Day was his OC before Corch left). Should this argument win the day (see what I did there?), it’s a huge game changer for athletic directors who would then have to weigh the potential havoc a coaching change would have on their football program.
Not to mention it’s kind of fair.