Football: Martin’s eligibility

For those of you wondering about Chris Martin’s ability to play at another school this season, the answer to that question remains to be seen. Cal did release Martin from his scholarship, but Martin also had already enrolled in summer classes. So it is still unclear if Martin will have to sit out a year before he plays for another team.

Jonathan Okanes

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  • Dan

    I think that if he walks into that first class, if he was still registered when that first class happens, then he will not be able to play at any D1 program this season.

    Unless Cal was in NO way going to be a fit for him, I don’t understand his decision based on having to sit out a year. Especially since he is one of the rare freshmen nationally that was expected to not just play as a freshman but to potentially be an impact player.

    Sounds like a pretty mixed up youngster. Shame.

  • rollonubears

    It wouldn’t surprise me if he was going back to Notre Dame. Their doosh of a coach bailed on his team just before the bcs. He’ll do whatever it takes to win. I used to love Notre Dame. Ever since Lou left, it’s been all downhill.

  • Dan

    Martin is transferring to Florida, the top college program right now. How convenient. Hmmm, no distractions there. The whole Pouncey-agent thing going on there right now casts a bit of the Reggie Bush odor on the Gators. Makes Martin’s decision look a little disingenuous, even if it isn’t. Oh well.

    When I posted earlier about the possibility of losing Cecil Whiteside too (let’s hope not), I neglected to mention Chris Little’s dismissal form the team. Man, when it rains, it pours.

    Also, times are tough all over the Pac 10. $C got hammered, Oregon had a brutal summer, now the tough luck hit has UW too re: a former highly coveted Cal recruit that stayed home to play for the Huskies…

    Washington has dismissed starting tight end Kavario Middleton for a violation of team rules less than two weeks before fall camp begins.

    Middleton, a 2008 Parade All-American, had fallen behind junior Chris Izbicki on the depth chart during spring practices, but he was nonetheless considered one of the Pac-10’s top returning tight ends. He caught 26 passes for 257 yards with three TDs in 2009.

    The school didn’t supply a reason for the dismissal, but Bob Condotta reported this on his blog:

    One source (not Miller) confirmed that there is truth to rumors that a recent failed drug test was the last straw for Middleton. While UW cannot randomly drug test its athletes due to state laws, it can test specific athletes if it has reasonable suspicion.

    Miller said only that Middleton had already been given “several chances” to get back in good standing with the team.

    Middleton is the second key contributor dismissed from the team. Defensive end Andru Pulu was suspended indefinitely and is not expected to return to the team after he pleaded guilty to felony second-degree assault in April.