Ex-Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell reportedly considered using Urban Meyer’s three-game suspension in 2018 to file an appeal for a transfer waiver for immediate eligibility, according to CBS Sports.
Martell’s appeal would’ve fallen under the NCAA’s hardship statute but it was never filed, according to the report. Instead, the backup quarterback opted to remain in Columbus and complete his redshirt freshman season behind Dwayne Haskins.
With Haskins headed to the NFL, it appeared that Martell would be next in line to operate under center for the Buckeyes. However, five-star and Georgia quarterback Justin Fields transferred to Ohio State and Martell decided to leave the program.
Martell has since transferred to Miami.
According to the report, Martell was in the process of filing his appeal prior to Oct. 15, when the NCAA transfer portal opened.
Ohio State told CBS Sports that it was not aware of Martell’s intention to transfer from the program during the season. It’s unknown whether Meyer’s suspension was the sole reason behind Martell looking into potential transfer opportunities.