To update: Oklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall is allowed to move to West Virginia and qualify immediately, CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd confirmed on Wednesday night. Oklahoma was originally anxious to block Kendall's ability to immediately qualify as a West Virginia graduate. Kendall, who will be on campus in Morgantown on Thursday, can now play for the mountaineers in the 2019 season. USA Today Sports - George Schroeder was the first to report the news regarding the authority of Kendall.
Oklahoma also landed on Wednesday with Jalen Hurts graduating from Alabama.
Original storyWith quarterback Austin Kendall, who wanted to move from Oklahoma to West Virginia as a graduate, CBS Sports learned that the Sooners responded by blocking Kendall's ability to be considered an instant climber.
As an alumni transfer, Kendall is allowed to play instantly, regardless of where he is going, unless his original school enters. For graduate transfers, their teams can still "block" them at certain schools - in this case for competitive reasons. This rule did not change when the transfer reform was introduced on 15 October 2018.
Kendall, who was once OU's next quarterback after Kyler Murray's departure, entered his name on Jan 11 on the portal.
"If OU gave him the exception, he could play next season," said a Big 12 source.
It does not look like it's going to happen, even though we know why Kendall is being transferred. Former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts announced Wednesday that he was transferring to Oklahoma as a doctoral student.
OU, winner of four consecutive Big 12 titles, wants to replace a Heisman Trophy winner in Murray. As late as August, trainer Lincoln Riley pointed out that both talent and talent made Murray and Kendall neck and neck.
Jason Kersey of The Athletic adds that Oklahoma is following the same process for all 12 big schools and each school planned for OU over the next two years.
Despite Oklahomas Block, Kendall can apply to the NCAA for a transfer waiver to be immediately eligible. This would be a complicated and urgent process as Monday is considered a soft deadline for all transfers. Schools working in the semester system start the second semester on or around this date.
Although Kendall is a graduate change, but still has two years eligibility as a Redshirt student.
The Sooners have taken advantage of two straight transfer quarterbacks. To sell it more appropriately, they have appeared in successive College Football playoffs and have faced the successive Heisman Trophy winners in Murray and Baker Mayfield, both of which not only shattered offensive records but also brought incredible attention to the program.
To be clear, Oklahoma does not stop Kendall from actually going to West Virginia - or anywhere else.
The cases of Kendall and Mayfield, which were transmitted by Texas Tech as walk-on and were unrestricted, can be apples
oranges Crabapples, but there were situations where a graduate transfer went to another Big 12 program and was immediately played.
Last season, John Bonney moved from Texas to Texas Tech and played immediately. The SEC passed a proposal last year that allows graduates to play immediately if they go to another conference school. The examples may not be common, but they do exist.
Although Kendall is not immediately in question in a place like the WVU, it is unpopular, but it is a deterrent. Although Kendall moved in 2019 and did not start for the mountaineers, he knows Oklahoma's offenses, players and tendencies inside out.
Nevertheless, the look is rough, especially with the acquisition of Hurts. Kendall has met his study requirements, and as an unusual man, he wants to spend his last two years using his one and only chance.
Of course, the Sooners are not the first to do that, and they will not be the last. But these kinds of stories, which often become nightmares of public relations, usually end in one direction only. Oklahoma is the one in a position of power and decides to exercise the rights granted to him by his governing body. But just because you have exercised that right is not right.