One of Ohio State’s old quarterbacks appears to have benefited from the same change in philosophy that smiled on the Buckeyes’ newest signal-caller.
The University of Miami announced Tuesday that Tate Martell, who transferred from Ohio State in January, has been granted a waiver and is eligible to play right away for the Hurricanes.
"We would like to thank the NCAA, as well as Ohio State University, for their assistance and support throughout the waiver process,” Miami director of athletics Blake James said in a news release. "We look forward to seeing Tate compete for the Hurricanes this season.”
Traditionally, players transferring from one Division I school to another in football have had to spend a season in residence, but changes to the guidelines for how such moves are governed has led to a large number of players being able to play right away over the past year-plus.
In February, Justin Fields also was granted a waiver after transferring from Georgia to Ohio State in January.
Although Martell initially said he would stay at Ohio State and beat out Fields (and anyone else) in a battle to replace Dwayne Haskins as the Buckeyes’ starter, Martell announced his departure less than two weeks after Fields arrived.
Harbaugh: ‘We’re not going to be sending each other Christmas cards’
Michigan began spring practice this week, which means Jim Harbaugh met with reporters to talk about the state of Wolverine football.
Asked about losing longtime assistant coach Greg Mattison to Ohio State in January, Harbaugh said he was surprised but not shocked.
“He wanted to be a coordinator again and darn near doubled his salary,” Harbaugh told reporters in Ann Arbor on Monday. “I don’t hold that against him, but we’re not going to be sending each other Christmas cards based on where he went, but that’s how I feel and understand it.”
Mattison’s move created waves not just because he was jumping sides of the rivalry (along with linebackers coach Al Washington, a Columbus native whose father played at Ohio State) but because Mattison had been a fixture in Ann Arbor since joining Brady Hoke’s staff in 2011 when he left a job in the NFL to return to coaching Michigan.
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Ready to compete?
Ohio State will host a 7 on 7 passing camp in Columbus on June 17.
The camp is open to any and all high school teams with participants entering ninth grade and up in fall of 2019.
After a morning instructional session, teams will play a guaranteed five games in the afternoon including a single-elimination tournament.
Players may register as a high school team or individually.