NCAA denies ex-Ohio State quarterback Matthew Baldwin's waiver for immediate eligibility at TCU

Bill Rabinowitz
Quarterback Matthew Baldwin looks for an open receiver during the Ohio State spring game on April 13. [Maddie Schroeder/ForThe Dispatch]

The NCAA has reportedly denied the transfer waiver request by former Ohio State quarterback Matthew Baldwin, who’s now at TCU.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported the ruling on Thursday. The newspaper said that TCU is expected to file an appeal next week.

Baldwin left Ohio State after spring practice. He was competing with Justin Fields for the starting quarterback job for the Buckeyes after the departure of Dwayne Haskins Jr. and Tate Martell.

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Baldwin was considered a longshot to win the job. He completed 20 of 36 passes in the Buckeyes’ spring game, throwing 23 more passes than Fields did. Days later, he announced that he would leave the program.

“Spring was a tough time for me personally,” Baldwin wrote in a tweet announcing his departure. “My family and I have prayed and talked a lot about where I belong and what is best for me. In the end, we feel like it’d be better for me to step away from Ohio State. I want everyone to know this isn’t done out of anger or frustration, but I’m not just a football player.”

Baldwin played at Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, which has produced a line of star quarterbacks that includes Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns. Baldwin started only as a senior and suffered a torn ACL in the state playoffs. He redshirted in 2018 as he rehabbed and was viewed as a solid long-term prospect.

Baldwin’s departure and that of Martell sent the Buckeyes scrambling for quarterbacks this spring. They eventually added Kentucky graduate transfer Gunnar Hoak, who’s from Dublin, and walk-on J.P. Andrade from California.

Martell transferred to the University of Miami and, like Fields, was granted a waiver from the rule that requires players changing schools to sit out a season.

At Big 12 media days, TCU coach Gary Patterson said that Baldwin had offseason surgery and wouldn’t be ready for the Horned Frogs’ training camp, which starts Friday.


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