How likely is it for Jordan Travis to get a waiver from the NCAA?

One of the most fascinating and scary questions left among Florida State’s roster is what exactly is this staff going to do at quarterback? After missing out on a high school recruit and dismissing Deondre Francois due to an off the field incident, there aren’t many options left with just one scholarship signal-caller remaining. As of now, there are really just two paths.

One, pursue a grad-transfer quarterback or someone else who could play immediately, which FSU is already reportedly doing after being linked to Josh Jackson and setting up a visit with Nick Starkel. The other is to push hard to get Louisville transfer, Jordan Travis, immediately eligible and that would take a waiver from the NCAA.

At first, that seems like such a tall task with some of the rulings we’ve seen from college footballs governing body in the past. However, with the new transfer rules and the addition of the Transfer Portal, the NCAA is still trying to develop a plan for how to effectively control this new age free agency. So far, that has meant a lot of athletes are receiving favorable rulings.

According to 247Sports, since the NCAA implemented a transfer rule change last April, 51 of the 64 NCAA players who’ve appealed for immediate eligibility have had their waivers approved. That includes 19 of 29 FBS players since the start of the 2018-19 academic year. Essentially the rule made it a lot easier for players to transfer if they could prove “documented mitigating circumstances that are outside the student-athlete’s control and directly impact the health, safety, and well-being of the student-athlete.”

Recently, we’ve seen players like Shea Patterson and Justin Fields use those rules to their advantage to find new homes. The overall numbers are slightly startling because almost everyone who has appealed has been approved. In essentially every case that an athlete has hired a lawyer to help with their waiver, the NCAA has pushed it through.

It almost makes me think that Jordan Travis should use the same strategy. The coach that recruited him, Bobby Petrino, was fired during the 2018 season and none of his staff were retained by Scott Satterfield. The program he signed to and the coach he wanted to play for fell apart just months after he made it to campus. If there’s reason enough for him to be eligible, that’s gotta be close.

Travis can also talk about the overall dysfunction inside Louisville’s program during Petrino’s last days and the aftermath. I’m sure there’s a lot of details he’ll be able to give out to help his case. He should also apparently hire a lawyer because the NCAA will almost instantly fold. They don’t want anyone to challenge them where they could potentially lose a court case and their limitless stranglehold over college athletics.

One thing is for sure, Florida State needs Travis to get his waiver. They can’t afford to potentially enter 2019 with just one available scholarship quarterback. We’ve seen how fast one hit can change an entire season.

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