Carson Meyer, Blue Jackets Prospect Who Dealt With a Tapeworm, Announces Transfer to Ohio State

By Dan Dukart on May 25, 2018 at 8:16 am
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Carson Meyer has had a whirlwind of a week.

On Tuesday, Aaron Portzline ofThe Athletic posted a story examining the reasoning for Carson Meyer's disappointing sophomore season playing for the Miami Redhawks.

And on Thursday night, Meyer took to Twitter to announce what seemed inevitable: a transfer from Miami to Ohio State.

Meyer's season was derailed by fatigue, but nobody – including team doctors – could foresee that a 25-inch tapeworm was the crux of the problem. The article referenced that he lost weight, his appetite, and was lethargic. 

The uneasy details, from the article:

“I was going to the bathroom, just like normal,” Meyer said. “And it came out.”

It was a 25-inch tapeworm — the head, the neck and all of the segments, about 50 of them. It was orange. Meyer almost fainted.

“I Face-timed my mom and was like, ‘What the hell is this thing?’ ” Meyer said. “I was freaking out. Absolutely freaking out.”

Meyer said he has no ill will towards Miami, but that he needed a fresh start:

“I love Miami, I love the people and I love my teammates,” Meyer said. “But I needed a fresh start. I kind of ran out of hope playing there this year, just getting beat down all year. I need a fresh slate starting somewhere else.”

While it's largely a happy-ending story, there are two issues that must be pointed out:

First, the NCAA, whose rules dictate that a transferring student must sit out for one year, though extenuating circumstances could prevent that. It's expected that Meyer and his representation will petition a waiver from the NCAA due to the event of, per the official website, a "specific, extraordinary circumstance."

The other issue at hand is the team that owns his rights, the Blue Jackets. Meyer, who turns 21 in August, can ill-afford to forego the development associated with missing an entire season worth of games (especially given the circumstances of his disastrous sophomore season). The club almost certainly weighed in on the final decision, but ultimately these decisions are made by the player and his representation.

Regardless, Meyer is coming home to play hockey. Now it's just a matter of when he'll be wearing the scarlet and gray. 

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