We knew that Oliver Martin's future was in black and gold when he transferred from Michigan to Iowa back in June. What we didn't know was exactly when that future would begin; non-graduate transfers (like Martin) typically need to sit out a year before becoming eligible to play for their new schools, unless they can get a waiver for immediate eligibility approved. Martin and his family filed said waiver, and then began the waiting process to see if he would be able to play this season or not. The wait is over:
ITS HAPPENING. Register source confirms that Oliver Martin has been cleared to play for the 2019 Hawkeyes.— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) August 28, 2019
Word just came into UI compliance from the Big Ten. Heres an exclusive look at how it all came together. https://t.co/zmFonG9VwA
As reported by several members of the Iowa media, Martin's waiver has been approved and he can play immediately -- like, this Saturday night against Miami (OH) immediately. Hooray!
Hawk Central's Chad Leistikow has a good breakdown of the timeline and process behind the waiver, which you can read here. Per that article, the NCAA actually approved Martin's request last Friday, but Martin also needed Big Ten approval since he was transferring within the conference. The Big Ten gave their approval today.
The NCAA process for reviewing and approving (or disapproving) immediate eligibility waivers is a baffling process that often seems to produce puzzling (and unfair) results. We don't know much about Martin's case and what made it different from other cases where waivers haven't been granted. We're just going to enjoy the W here.
There's only one way for us to properly celebrate this news:
MOVE YOUR FEET. FEEL UNITED. WOOOOOOOOOOOO.