In a joint report by the Kansas City Star and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, transfer quarterback Shawn Robinson filed a waiver for immediate eligibility, claiming mistreatment while he was at TCU.
Let’s not get into the specifics of the claim — as the report says, the waiver is confidential and there’s no indication about the background of the allegations. TCU, meanwhile, is contesting the waiver itself.
But in the current major college athletic landscape, the NCAA is approving these immediate eligibility waivers more frequently, and the Tate Martell saga provides a good baseline for Robinson’s appeal — should Robinson’s grievance against TCU be related to the handling of his shoulder injury in 2018, let’s say. Key difference, of course, is that TCU is contesting the waiver where Ohio State did not when Martell went to Miami.
Regardless, let’s say Robinson’s waiver is approved by the NCAA and he’s immediately eligible for Missouri in 2019.
Does it change anything for Missouri’s season?
Yes, it would Missouri another person to compete for the back-up quarterback position this year. No one really separated themselves during the spring game, as Taylor Powell, Lindsey Scott Jr. and Robinson all had their struggles.
No one’s displacing Kelly Bryant, but an eligible Robinson would be more of an insurance policy in case of injury to the Clemson transfer.
But it really doesn’t change anything beyond that.
Robinson hasn’t set the world on fire with his play during his first two seasons at TCU, averaging 6.5 yards per attempt in 2018, completing just under 60-percent of his passes for his career. A season of eligibility would let Robinson play in at least four games and still preserve a redshirt, should he and Missouri’s staff decide to go in that direction. It would give Robinson more time to develop in Missouri’s system with the expectation that he would compete for the starting job in 2020, hopefully getting closer to the four-star potential he showed coming out of high school.
The biggest wrench that Robinson’s potential eligibility would throw in the 2019 season is a back-up quarterback controversy that could cause a ripple effect. Potential playing time for Robinson would mean less potential playing time for Taylor Powell and/or Lindsey Scott; that very well could force some tough decisions (i.e., transfers) before the 2019 season. So, while the potential immediate eligibility for Robinson would add depth in the short term, it also could mean a thinning at the position in the mid-term, perhaps sooner than Missouri’s staff would want.
We’re getting ahead of ourselves. We’ll see what happens when the NCAA rules on his waiver.