The recent ruling that second-year QB Justin Fields is eligible to play for the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2019 could have a direct impact on the Longhorns.
The NCAA came up with a big ruling on Feb. 8 that could change the course of the 2019 college football season as we know it. According to ESPN, the NCAA granted former Georgia Bulldogs second-year quarterback Justin Fields a hardship waiver that will make him immediately eligible for the upcoming season after transferring to join head coach Ryan Day and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
This is some huge news that could impact some of the programs around the Big Ten, and in the nation in general. While Ohio State isn’t slated to face Texas football in 2019, this ruling handed to them from the NCAA could also have a major impact with an ongoing situation on the Forty Acres.
As this news pertains to the Texas Longhorns football program, Justin Fields eligible rule from the NCAA bodes well for the procedures surrounding 2019 five-star California native athlete signee Bru McCoy. Just ahead of National Signing Day 2019, McCoy announced that he would be putting his name in the NCAA Transfer Portal and soon took his talents to the Forty Acres to join the Texas football program.
Since McCoy had already signed his National Letter of Intent and enrolled early at USC last month, he might have to sit out one year because of the transfer to Texas. That was just the penalty that was figured to come along with the transfer from USC to Texas.
However, the fact that there wasn’t really “hardship” that is public knowledge that Justin Fields experienced during his time with head coach Kirby Smart at Georgia, means that the results for McCoy’s proceedings look brighter.
Here’s a deeper look into why Justin Fields got a hardship waiver to start his career with the Ohio State Buckeyes and what this means for Bru McCoy with the Texas Longhorns.