Transfer attorney Tom Mars shares latest on waiver for Tennessee's Cade Mays
The recent news of USC transfer JT Daniels receiving immediate eligibility at Georgia had many SEC fans frustrated with the NCAA. Daniels announced his transfer to UGA in May, months after other SEC players who are still waiting to hear back on their waiver requests for immediate eligibility in 2020. One of those players is Cade Mays, who transferred from Georgia to Tennessee in January.
Mays hired Tom Mars, a prominent attorney known for getting his clients eligibility waivers from the NCAA. In a recent interview with Trey Wallace of FOX Sports Knoxville WKGN, Mars revealed that he is no longer representing Mays.
“Because of my standby role with NCAA Enforcement as an Independent Advocate, I stopped taking new transfer waiver cases earlier this year and withdrew from the few cases I was involved in, which included the Cade Mays case. I explained the reason I felt a need to withdraw and told them they were in good hands with Tennessee compliance,” Mars told Wallace.
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Mars also weighed in on Vols fans’ frustration that Mays has not yet heard back on his waiver.
“I noticed a lot of screeching on Twitter about why the NCAA hadn’t ruled on Cade’s waiver request,” Mars said. “People don’t seem to understand that, if done properly, you don’t throw together a waiver request in a few days. What’s more, most schools I’d been working with were waiting to see whether the Legislative Council would pass the one-time transfer without penalty in May. As you know, that vote got bumped until January. I can tell you the waiver request hadn’t been submitted when I withdrew from the Cade Mays case.”
Though Mays is no longer a Mars client, the attorney is still optimistic that the offensive lineman will be available for Jeremy Pruitt’s squad this fall.
“My opinion about the merits of Cade’s waiver request never changed,” Mars said when asked about his opinion of the case.
Mars said Mays is in good hands.
“Andrew Donovan and Adam Tate at Tennessee compliance are among the best in the business on my one hand shortlist.”
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