Wednesday has been an extremely eventful day for the Tennessee Vols.
There was a report that Georgia offensive lineman Cade Mays was entering the NCAA transfer portal, followed shortly after by a report that the Knoxville native was heading to Tennessee.
This is obviously massive news for the Vols. It was a big disappointment when Mays decommitted from Tennessee in late 2017 and signed with the Bulldogs instead. Mays was a Vol legacy who seemed like a lock to end up at UT, until the 2017 Volunteers fell apart under Butch Jones.
Mays, who will join his brother, Cooper, at UT, will likely have to sit out the 2020 season, unless he can get a waiver from the NCAA.
Now, I’m not a lawyer, and I don’t claim to be an expert on how the NCAA handles waivers (I’m not sure anyone is), but it would appear that Mays might have a legitimate claim to a waiver to be eligible to play immediately.
According to Rivals, the Mays family is suing UGA after Cade’s father had his finger amputated due to an incident with a folding chair at a Georgia athletic event.
Cade Mays’ father had part of his pinky finger amputated at an #UGA athletic event when the folding chair he was in got wedged against a column. Sam Pittman put the finger on ice.
— Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) January 8, 2020
To make the story even crazier, former Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman apparently put the finger on ice for the elder Mays.
NCAA waiver requests aren’t usually made public. And we typically never know the full extent of what occurs with a waiver. But this certainly seems like there’s a legitimate chance that Mays could suit up for the Vols in 2020.
Of course, this is the NCAA we’re talking about, so it’ll probably be late July/August before we find out whether or not Mays will be eligible at Tennessee in 2020.
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