OU Removes Block; Kendall Expected To Transfer To WVU

OU Removes Block; Kendall Expected To Transfer To WVU


Following a huge social media outcry which excoriated its initial decision, the University of Oklahoma will not block the transfer of graduating quarterback Austin Kendall to West Virginia, according to USAToday national college football writer George Schroeder.

Other reports initially held that OU would block Kendall’s transfer to West Virginia, and perhaps to other schools within the Big 12. While the Big 12 does allow intraconference football transfers, the rules are different for scholarship and non-scholarship athletes, as well as for those earning an undergraduate degree, which makes them eligible for a “one-time exception” as defined by the NCAA. From the NCAA manual:

14.6.1 One-Time Transfer Exception. A graduate student who is enrolled in a graduate or professional school of an institution other than the institution from which he or she previously received a baccalaureate degree may participate in intercollegiate athletics if he or she fulfills the conditions of the one-time transfer exception set forth in Bylaw 14.5.5.2.10 and has eligibility remaining per Bylaw 12.8.

14.5.5.2.10.d: If the student is transferring from an NCAA or NAIA member institution, the student’s previous institution shall certify in writing that it has no objection to the student being granted an exception to the transfer-residence requirement. If an institution receives a written request for a release from a student-athlete, the institution shall grant or deny the request within seven business days. If the institution fails to respond to the student-athlete’s written request within seven business days, the release shall be granted by default and the institution shall provide a written release to the student-athlete

The third leg of this triangle rests, or in this case is undefined, by the Big 12 Conference. Unlike some leagues, the Big 12 does not have a conference rule which allows immediate eligibility for graduate transfers between league members without a waiver from the school the graduate is leaving. Thus, the NCAA rule applies, and allowed Oklahoma to initially block the transfer.

OU’s initial lean was ripped nationally:

Schroeder also reported that Oklahoma “did not want to set a precedent of allowing a transfer to be immediately eligible at another Big 12 school.”

While OU did get a transfer in-conference from Baker Mayfield, who sat out the 2014 season in doing so, the school was successful in getting a third year of eligibility restored when it convinced other schools in the league to support a retroactive change in rules to allow walk-ons — which Mayfield was at Texas Tech — to transfer without penalty. That very fine line didn’t wash publicly, and while Oklahoma has not commented officially on the decision, it is clear that the massive contradiction played a part in the reversal.

Other schools in the Big 12 did not attempt the same tack. Kansas State did not block the transfer of graduate quarterback Alex Delton, who will suit up for TCU next year.

Now freed by Oklahoma, it appears very likely that Kendall will transfer to WVU. BlueGoldNews.com has learned that Kendall is expected to enroll at West Virginia as early as the end of this academic week. The Mountaineers have just two scholarship quarterbacks — Jack Allison and Trey Lowe — on their 2019 roster. Kendall has already earned his undergraduate degree, completing it on Dec. 15, 2018. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

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    #80292

    Good news. Let the competition begin!

    #80296

    This is the QB that could potentially make a difference next year. Is everybody asleep?

    #80297

    This is the QB that could potentially make a difference next year. Is everybody asleep?

    Too busy watching his high school highlights on YouTube to respond…

    #80300

    Close the deal Mr. Brown.

    #80326

    This is indeed an important addition for WVU. However, as always, I’m going to be the voice of caution here. Could he be great? Sure. Should it be expected? Unfair to him.

    Remember just a couple of weeks ago when all the Captain Jack memes were floating around? While maybe a bit entertaining, they show how so many people buy in to some social media item or the hype of the next great hope. It’s an extension of the old football saying “The most popular guy on the team is the backup quarterback.”

    I understand the attractiveness of the next shiny new thing, and Kendall is it, just as Allison was for a short time. I hate that because it’s just not realistic, and not fair to either the “old” guys or the new one.

    In a way, it’s like Trey Doomes on the hoop team. I’ve read 4-5 different articles about him being a difference-maker for WVU. Again, no rip on him. He can leap, drive it and create contact and hopefully get to the line. But he’s not a season-saver, nor is it fair to put that on a guy who was going to be redshirted, and had it pulled as what strikes me as a bit of a desperation move.

    This story plays out time and again for new guys who haven’t played yet. The reality is often something quite different, and in those times when it doesn’t develop as hoped, it’s followed by inevitable cries of “he’s a bust” or “you all hyped him up as being great, and he’s not”. I guess that’s human nature, but I continue to hope for better.

    Again, I want to reiterate I’m not ripping on anyone’s abilities. Kendall might turn out to be great right off the bat. Doomes is in very early stages of his career, and has plenty of time to work and round out his skills.

    #80331

    I agree wholeheartedly that we need to be patient and let things play out.Although, we do have a new era beginning at WVU with a new QB with the right credentials and a new head coach and staff who is a proven winner.It’s hard not to get excited.

    But, as Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying,”I always expect the worst and when the opposite happens I am pleasantly surprised”. Maybe those are wise words that we all should heed at this point.

     

     

    #80333

    It’s good news because WV lacked depth and numbers at qb. Not because he should be assumed the savior, or even the starter for next year.

    #80337

    Definitely good news. Excellent recruiting win for WVU. Don’t mean to dump on that angle at all.

    #80359

    Great news. Going into ’19 with only 2 schollie QB’s was a disaster waiting to happen. Now with Kendall on board we have 3 QB’s each with different skill sets and all 3 with the ability to be the starter. Let’s not throw all our eggs into the Kendall basket so soon. It’s even better that he will enroll immediately and be able to practice this spring. Had this not been the case he would have been severely behind. Biggest benefit is that he has 2 yrs to play. Let’s see if this has any effect on the two other guys.

    Now, let’s go out after a couple HS kids now that we have a little breathing room.

    #80373

    Competition is always good and better to have 3 then 2. Also a Texas qb just became available I would go get him too.

    #80374

    I wouldn’t be surprised if WVU adds another quarterback to its roster, but it almost certainly would be one from the high school ranks, and then only if there is one good enough. Too many other needs to use up space among the seven remaining scholarships (six once Kendall is officially added) on more than one transfer quarterback.

    #80377

    I could see Allison beating out Kendell …… I have no back ground to make that statement but others had them ranked about the same out of high school. …. but we needed the QB completion and depth and I also would like to see a high school qb recruited. I agree we are much better off with this transfer

    #80379

    It’s probably more a case of limiting the outside possibility
    of a transfer than the reason given for lifting the redshirt!
    It’s hard to believe people bought this!

    #80402

    Tony, what do you mean by “lifting the redshirt”? Who are you referring to?

    #80418

    Tony, what do you mean by “lifting the redshirt”? Who are you referring to?

    My guess is Trey Doomes and his threads got crossed.

    #80431

    I would seriously doubt that Brown would bring in another transfer for 1 or 2 years with Kendall and Allison both being JR’s with 2 to play 2. I could see a JC with 4 to play 3 and most likely a true FR. But with the needs in other positions, unless this is a high quality player IMO we go with the 3 schollies we have and use the walk-ons as practice arms.

    #80434

    Tony, what do you mean by “lifting the redshirt”? Who are you referring to?

    should have said pulled vs lifted!!?

    My guess is Trey Doomes and his threads got crossed.

    In a way, it’s like Trey Doomes on the hoop team. I’ve read 4-5 different articles about him being a difference-maker for WVU. Again, no rip on him. He can leap, drive it and create contact and hopefully get to the line. But he’s not a season-saver, nor is it fair to put that on a guy who was going to be redshirted, and had it pulled as what strikes me as a bit of a desperation move.

    #80466

    Anyone who wrote that Trey was going to be a difference maker simply didn’t have a clue. Might he help a little? Sure. And like you, in no way are we meaning to downgrade him. But the plan was for him to redshirt, and there wasn’t enough shown in preseason practices to change that.

    Clearly, his redshirt was lifted because he was showing effort where others were not. Same as starting Taevon Horton.

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