Matthew Baldwin Now Eligible to Play at TCU This Season After Successful Appeal to NCAA

By Dan Hope on September 1, 2019 at 1:27 pm
Matthew Baldwin

Matthew Baldwin is eligible to play for TCU this season after all.

Following TCU's season-opening win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday, Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson told reporters that Baldwin's reconsideration request for immediate eligibility has been granted by the NCAA.

Baldwin's initial request for a waiver for immediate eligibility was denied last month, but upon his appeal, the NCAA opted to reconsider and allow the former Ohio State quarterback to forgo the one-year waiting period for a transfer. Baldwin's mother, Mindy, told Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch that the NCAA changed its decision upon receiving more information about Baldwin's family connections within 100 miles of TCU, while she also expressed that Ohio State assisted Baldwin in the process of receiving a waiver.

Baldwin, who learned that his reconsideration request had been approved on Friday, did not play in TCU's season opener Saturday. According to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Baldwin is still working his way back to full health after undergoing a cleanup surgery on his knee this summer.

Alex Delton, a graduate transfer from Kansas State, started at quarterback for TCU on Saturday and true freshman Max Duggan also saw playing time off the bench. Patterson hasn't committed to Delton as his starter for the remainder of the season, though, and now that Baldwin is eligible, he could potentially also factor into the competition once he is healthy.

With Baldwin receiving his waiver, all four former Ohio State players who left the Buckeyes via the transfer portal this offseason – Baldwin, Tate Martell, L'Christian "Blue" Smith and Keandre Jones – have received waivers for immediate eligibility to play at their new schools. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith told Eleven Warriors this offseason that OSU will support former Buckeye student-athletes who choose to transfer and pursue a waiver for immediate eligibility in most cases.

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