Georgia may still be dealing with a September incident that involved Justin Fields and a now former member of its baseball team.
During Georgia’s win against Tennessee on Sept. 29, baseball player Adam Sasser was overheard by at least three other students in the stands yelling, “Put the (n-word) in.” Sasser allegedly was referring to Fields, who backed up QB Jake Fromm. While the accusation against Sasser was being investigated by Georgia’s Equal Opportunity Office, Sasser was dismissed from the baseball team. Sasser later issued a public apology on Twitter.
All of this has been documented by Georgia, SI.com reported. So if Fields makes the waiver request, the NCAA panel that reviews that request would have access to all that information. Sasser was dismissed from the baseball team in a matter of days following the Tennessee-Georgia football game.
Athletic director Greg McGarity at the time said in a statement the university’s Equal Opportunity Office “thoroughly reviews all reported violations of our Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy to ensure an appropriate response.”
While former Ole Miss players — following a bowl ban — used a new NCAA rule to play immediately at Michigan and Florida, for example, Fields could use the same rule to also play immediately at his new school.
In April, the NCAA’s Division I Council provided new guidance to schools regarding waivers for undergraduate transfers who felt they shouldn’t have to complete the NCAA-mandated year-in-residence before taking the field for their new team. The key part of those guidelines says that “the transfer is due to documented mitigating circumstances that are outside the student-athlete’s control and directly impact the health, safety and well-being of the student-athlete.”
A report from USATODAY said that Fields would transfer, but there hasn’t been an official response from Georgia, and Fields’ stepmother has reportedly said that a decision has not been made.
Fields played in 12 games this season, but couldn’t find a consistent role behind Fromm. Fields threw for 328 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 266 yards on 42 attempts. But he may be most remembered for running a fake punt that was stopped short of a first down in the SEC Championship Game against Alabama.
— Adam Sasser (@AdamSasser) October 3, 2018