Justin Fields: "I have no regrets about my time at UGA"

February 8, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The transfer waiver application seeking immediate eligibility for student-athlete Justin Fields that Ohio State University submitted to the NCAA has been approved. Fields will be eligible to compete in the 2019-20 academic year.

“I am happy for Justin and his family,” Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said. “I also want to express my appreciation to the NCAA for its assistance in getting this matter resolved efficiently and with such a positive outcome for Justin.”

Fields, from Kennesaw, Ga. and Harrison High School, is currently a sophomore and enrolled in classes at Ohio State. He will be a sophomore in eligibility this fall for the Buckeyes after playing in 12 games last season for Georgia.

Statement from Justin Fields

I thank God for His guidance during this time of uncertainty.  I would like to thank the NCAA for its approval of the waiver allowing me to be eligible to play football this fall.  I also want to thank all those who supported and encouraged my family and me during this process.  While my case was pending before the NCAA, my family and I did not feel that it was appropriate to publicly speak about the circumstances leading to my transfer.  In my silence, people began to speculate, and the story took on a life of its own.

Now that this matter is concluded, I would like to clarify some facts.  I have no regrets about my time at UGA and have no hard feelings for the school or football program. My overall experience at UGA was fully consistent with UGA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.  My sister is a softball player at UGA.  I am still close friends with many of my UGA teammates.  A part of me will always be a Georgia Bulldogs fan.

To Buckeye Nation: thank you for your warm welcome.  I will work hard to represent you and the Ohio State University in a professional and respectful manner.  My dad always tells me that “you can’t get to where you are going by looking in the ‘rear view mirror.’” I’m ready to move forward and embrace the next season of my life.

I will not be speaking about my transfer again. Instead, I will focus all of my attention on getting to work in the classroom and on the field – and doing whatever else I can to help my teammates as we prepare for the 2019 season.

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Justin Fields: "I have no regrets about my time at UGA"

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Why even have a transfer rule anymore? How they approved him I have no clue.
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He would have been backup at OSU, so of course he has no regrets. Bottom line, he couldn't beat out Fromm whom he thought he would have no problem beating out. He/his attorney used whatever leverage they had-the racial slur likely, to get him what he wanted, a starting QB job.

I don't wish any harm on him but I don't really have a rooting interest for him either. He is typical of kids today at the QB postion, they want what they want NOW and don't want to wait. OSU QB's have been putting up numbers for years and I would expect JF to do the same against a pretty weak schedule. But, the book is out on him, jam the WR's at the line and throw off his initial target and he will take off running-be prepared for that and you can stop him. I am curious to see how he does, he showed a GREAT arm and wheels but he also showed some issues with the basics of the position as well. More reps will help that but he could struggle some too-and it will be interesting to see how OSU fans handle it if he does struggle-and how he handles it too,
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