What The Martell Waiver May Mean To CFB

By David Udel

Tate Martells waiver from the NCAA has sent shock waves through the CFB landscape. We are hearing cries of CFB will never be the same. Well let me tell you, CFB is a huge business and big money changed it years ago. So let’s take a look at what the Martell waiver has really done to CFB.

  1. Each waiver will still be dealt with by the NCAA on a case by case scenario. But it does set precedence. The whole world knows the truth about why Martell transferred from OSU. It was simply the best move for him. Plain and simple. Sure he said it was because Urban Myer quit, but it was easy to see Martell did not like the new coach bringing in Justin Field.
  2. This ruling opens the door for kids to no longer be bound and punished for transferring from one college to another by an unfair rule. With this ruling, kids will not have to sit out a year because they think the best thing for their future and college experience is to change schools.

Now before anyone gets pissy about the new transfer rules and portal ruling for college football, let’s ask our selves some questions.

First: What is a college for? Do you not go to college to build a better future for your life?

Second: Am I going to pay for this kids house, support his kids, buy him a car? Am I going to take care of his parents, his family, put his kids through college, or even pay his electric bill? NO.

So who am I to tell a kid he can’t do whatever is best for his future while attending college. Since I’m not going to be the one paying his bills, I have no right to restrict his future.

  1. Forget the Martell waiver for a second, the NCAA transfer Portal opened the door for kids to transfer much easier, the Tate Martell waiver just made it a lot more like free-agency.
  2. What I don’t like about the new rules and Martells waiver is simple. I don’t want to see kids forming “Dream Team’s”  or other stupid moves. There has to be a way to prevent stupidity. For Example, a team gets pissed at their coach and the whole team enters the portal. So yes, the whole process needs to be fair to everyone, but rules will have to be put into place to stop stupid stuff.
    My point is, I’m good with student-athletes having the same freedoms and rights as any student going to college to better his or her future.
  3. The NCAA had no choice because they see composition coming. Leagues like the AAF and the XFL along with other leagues offer a real threat to CFB. The age requirements for these leagues easily let 20 yr old and maybe younger kids to take a different path to the NFL. The writing may very well be on the wall, and just may be the best move for some kids, especially JUCO transfers. So it makes no sense to restrict kids when other options than CFB are only gonna get more plentiful.

My last thought on this is, what schools will reap the biggest benefit from the transfer portal and Martell waiver? I see three kinds of schools that will attract the most kids.

The big schools that have a real shot at winning a Natty. There will always be kids that are very talented but think they have no chance at a Natty. So schools like Bama, Clemson, OSU will be there waiting to take them.

Of course, the good schools that need starters at a certain position. For example, Miami needs help at left tackle, they will bring in a kid like Tommy Kennedy. We will see a lot of this in the future. But now they won’t have to be a graduate transfer like Kennedy.

Finally, I see a school like Miami becoming a big-time destination for transfers. Yes, Diaz has really worked the portal,  but it surely helps that it is in a warm weather State that is so rich in football tradition. I believe the Hurricanes will benefit greatly from the Transfer Portal and what we have seen is just the beginning. I would not be shocked to see Miami get another top player at CB  before April.

So yes, the game has changed due to the transfer portal, and Martell’s waiver takes CFB one step closer to having so-called Free-Agency. 

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