If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it 1,000 times.
We are in an unprecedented timeline right now.
COVID-19 has been quite the deterrent to college football this fall albeit taking a backseat to public safety and normalcy among Americans this summer. But, that’s neither here nor there when it comes to the NCAA and discussing the immediate eligibility with transfers this off-season.
There have been several big-time transfers who have hit the transfer portal, searching for a new home to play this fall. And several of those transfers have been granted immediate eligibility from the cowards in Indiana.
Taulia Tagovailoa’s transfer waiver has been approved by the NCAA and the former Alabama QB is immediately eligible to play at Maryland, per source. Attorney John Long handled family’s case over last three months, and Maryland coach Mike Locksley was notified of the news today.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) August 7, 2020
Source: BC quarterback Phil Jurkovec has been cleared by the NCAA. The Notre Dame transfer will be immediately eligible this fall. Huge news for BC, which brings back experienced OL, TEs and a talented TB.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 4, 2020
So why not Otis Reese? What about Jacob Springer? Dionte Marks?
Lane Kiffin and his staff have been extremely active in the transfer market, often times referring to the NCAA Transfer Portal has a poor man’s version of NFL Free Agency. But, the association that we have all come to now so well and hold dear to our hearts has not granted immediate eligibility for any of the Rebels transfers.
Sure, this season is not going to be normal and, yeah, you may not want to push for early playing time in a 10-game season when a redshirt could be useful. But, Reese is a guy who has played meaningful snaps at Georgia, Springer was an All-AAC player at Navy, and Marks was expected to compete for playing time in Gainesville this season.
The Rebs could absolutely use Reese, a former top-100 ranked outside linebacker, on DJ Durkin’s defense. The Leesburg, Ga. native played in 25 games as a Bulldog, making 16 tackles in back-up duty. But, in Oxford, a team that is desperately trying to reinvigorate a Landshark defense that has been absent for nearly six years, he would almost certainly be a key contributor.
Speaking of key contributors, Springer is a dude who is proven and would absolutely offer Durkin and Chris Partridge’s defense a versatile playmaker at two levels. At Navy, the second-team All-AAC performer was disruptive and all over the place for the Midshipmen. He was the Mids’ third-leading tackler (69), including a team-high 16 tackles for loss, and a team-best eight sacks. If he was immediately eligible for 2020, Springer would ABSOLUTELY be a prominent figure on this Ole Miss defense.
On the offensive side, Marks is a guy who could absolutely contribute in Kiffin and Jeff Lebby’s offense as a slot receiver.
The former Florida signee caught 45 passes for 964 yards and 10 touchdowns at Deland (Fla.) High School as a senior and could easily be implemented in the Rebels’ offense given his skill set.
Elijah Moore is the No. 1 target for whomever is under center, but Marks is cut from the same cloth. Ole Miss could use all the playmakers in a season where the margin for error is very, very small with an all-conference schedule.
So what is the reasoning behind others transferring and being granted immediately eligibility? I think I know, but who can say?
One thing is certain, Ole Miss needs playmakers on both sides and they certainly have them in the aforementioned names.
Could Kiffin and Ole Miss be given an olive branch for this wild and wacky fall? I would venture to guess that this staff would love to have the above mentioned players eligible this season, but I can’t say that with certainty. Regardless, the picking and choosing of who is granted immediate eligibility and who is not granted it is a joke and should not go unnoticed.
I, personally, wouldn’t hold my breath, but who knows, right?