Tom Mars on Justin Fields situation: 'I think we're very close to the finish line'
Ohio State fans eagerly awaiting a decision from the NCAA regarding Justin Fields’ eligibility for the 2019 season may not have to wait much longer, according to a report from CBS Sports.
Recently, Fields’ attorney Tom Mars — who has helped the former five-star quarterback push for an eligibility waiver from the NCAA — told CBS Sports that he believes a decision from the NCAA is coming soon. The quarterback transferred from Georgia following the 2018 season and is seeking immediate eligibility.
From CBS Sports:
Mars represents Georgia transfer quarterback Justin Fields, who is filing a waiver appeal so he can be eligible immediately at Ohio State. “I spent my career digging up [stuff], taking all the jigsaw pieces and telling a story,” Mars said. “I do the same thing at trial. I’ve done the same thing in the Fields case.” Mars had high praise for Buckeyes’ coach Ryan Day, Ohio State compliance and the entire experience. Regarding the Fields case, Mars told CBS Sports on Sunday, “I think we’re very close to the finish line.”
While Mars said there are “no slam dunks” when it comes to this situation, the lawyer was fairly confident that Fields would be granted the waiver.
Ohio State is certainly hoping that’s the case. Former backup quarterback Tate Martell transferred to Miami following Fields’ arrival in Columbus. That means the Buckeyes have lost its depth at the position, and if Fields is ineligible, Ryan Day will be in for a hectic first year as head coach.
Initially, Mars believed a decision would be made by February. We’ll see if any ruling comes in the next few days.