At least according to his Instagram feed, former Cal receiver Demetris Robertson has arrived in Athens.
His arrival date on the Sanford Stadium turf of course remains up in the air. Robertson is likely to apply for a hardship waiver, which would allow him to play in 2018 if he meets certain criteria, including proving that a transfer was in his best physical or emotional interest.
Such a waiver is not the NCAA’s preferred vehicle for dealing with transfers. Rather, since amending the transfer rules in 2015 the folks in Indianapolis have shown a preference for allowing players a sixth year of eligibility on the backend of their careers. This makes some sense if you keep in mind the stated purpose of the transfer rule. If a player is in fact looking to transfer due to physical, mental, or emotional distress sitting out a year to acclimate to their new surroundings and get their footing academically makes sense.
Bulldog fans of course would prefer for Robertson to join Jake Fromm’s stable of receivers sooner rather than later. That’s especially so given that Robertson is the kind of talent who could bolt for the NFL after only one good season of football.
The odds of that are not necessarily with him, but the truth is even the NCAA doesn't yet know what they'll ultimately decide on this one. If you think you do, I have a couple of stock ideas and an iffy mole I'd like you to take a look at. Until later...