Former Ohio State quarterbacks are batting .500 when it comes to having the NCAA approve a waiver for immediate eligibility at their new school this fall. Matthew Baldwin, who left the Buckeyes for the TCU Horned Frogs, did not have a waiver request to be eligible this season approved by the NCAA, according to a report from The Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Thursday. TCU will likely file an appeal to try and pitch their case for Baldwin to be eligible.
Because Baldwin’s waiver request was not approved, he will now be eligible to play again beginning in 2020 unless any appeal filed by TCU reaches a different outcome. A torn ACL in high school left Baldwin unavailable to see the playing field for Ohio State last season. Baldwin was a four-star member of Ohio State’s Class of 2018. His addition to the TCU program figured to add some good quality depth to the TCU quarterback competition if he was ruled eligible. For now, those plans will be put on hold for another year.
The decision to approve Baldwin’s transfer was the polar opposite of the waiver request filed by another former Buckeye quarterback this offseason. Tate Martell, who could end up being the starting quarterback at Miami this season, had his waiver approved by the NCAA following his departure from Columbus. And of course, new Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields had his waiver for immediate eligibility approved following his transfer from Georgia this offseason.