Hidden in all of the craziness of the sports world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some serious college football drama that has been rekindled in recent days. Tate Martell was supposed to have a successful career as the starting quarterback for Ohio State, but lost the job to Justin Fields before the 2019 season before transferring to Miami. Martell naturally wasn't happy about how things turned out in Columbus, and this week, Fields isn't ready to consider this hatchet buried.
Martell went on Twitter as far back is December 2018 to demonstrate how he felt about Fields only to delete his original message. That started a feud betwee the two that hasn't subsided, and Fields still appears to be upset about Martell suggesting that the former Georgia Bulldog swung and missed at his original school. Now, Fields has tweeted video of himself golfing that clearly references that old tweet.
Fields had outstanding success at Ohio State in his first year as their starting quarterback, throwing for 41 touchdowns and only three interceptions as a sophomore and becoming a Heisman Trophy finalist. Through all of that success -- which includes becoming a hot prospect for the 2021 NFL Draft -- Fields clearly hasn't forgotten Martell's dismissive comments.
Is it petty? Yeah, and Fields probably didn't need to stoke the fires of a feud after all this time. But is it justified? Yes, especially given the extent to which Martell disrespected him when Fields first announced his intention to transfer to OSU.
Martell couldn't even win the starting job at Miami, and now, the former Buckeye is running out of chances to make his mark in college football. As for Fields? Well, he gets to try to win Ohio State another Big Ten title and possibly a national championship. If anyone had a "swing and miss" for a second time, it was definitely Mr. Martell.