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Ohio State transfer won’t play for Texas Tech in 2014

Mike Mitchell

(Writer’s note: we’re a couple of days late on this but still felt like it should be addressed.)

Because of an ailing father, it was thought that Mike Mitchell would be granted a hardship waiver and receive immediate eligibility with Texas Tech this coming season.  As it turns out, and unfortunately for both the team and the player, the exact opposite is true.

Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com tweeted recently that Mitchell is “indeed sitting out a year,” meaning the linebacker’s appeal for a waiver was, for whatever reason, denied by the NCAA.  In February it was reported that Mitchell would be transferring from Ohio State, with news surfacing in late May that he was landing with the Red Raiders.

At least on paper, Mitchell had the talent to make an immediate impact in Lubbock.

A five-star member of the Buckeyes’ 2013 recruiting class, Mitchell was the No. 1 player in the talent-rich state of Texas and the No. 3 outside linebacker in the country. He took a redshirt as a true freshman last season.

Along with Ohio State, Texas A&M and Oregon were Mitchell’s finalists before he verbally committed to OSU in early January of last year.

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3 Responses to “Ohio State transfer won’t play for Texas Tech in 2014”
  1. manik56 says: Jul 3, 2014 9:09 PM

    His brother is still set to attend OSU and play for Coach Matta next year. I think there has to be more than the health of his father.

  2. titansbro says: Jul 4, 2014 8:47 AM

    Regardless if students can transfer at will then student-athletes should be able to as well. This is why they should be paid. They aren’t treated like students, they are treated like employees. This is basically a non-compete kind of situation.

  3. barkleyblows says: Jul 4, 2014 9:57 PM

    Yeah this whole thing is odd.

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