The NCAA has flipped its eligibility coin yet again, and this time it’s landed on benefitting both a player and his new football program.
Josh Turner announced in late November that he would “be transferring from the University of Iowa for other opportunities.” As it turned out, the other opportunity was at Florida International as the defensive back was one of three Power Five transfers added to the Conference USA school’s roster in mid-January.
At the time, it was thought that Turner would have to sit out the 2019 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules; as it turns out, that won’t be the case as Turner’s appeal for an immediate-eligibility waiver has been approved by the NCAA.
Including this season, Turner will have three years of eligibility he can use with the Panthers.
“That was an enormous bonus,” Butch Davis said earlier this week of the waiver being granted. “He’s a great fit for us. He has speed and skills.”
Turner was a three-star member of Iowa’s 2017 recruiting class. After redshirting as a true freshman, Turner appeared in all 12 regular-season games this past year.