Kendall entered the transfer portal last Friday after learning that the Sooners were pursuing Alabama graduate transfer quarterback Jalen Hurts. 

By Emily Caron
January 16, 2019

Oklahoma is reportedly granting quarterback Austin Kendall's transfer to West Virginia as a graduate student, according to USA Today's George Schroeder.

Kendall will be immediately eligible to play next season for the Mountaineers.

Earlier Wednesday, it was reported that Oklahoma was blocking Kendall from becoming immediately eligible at West Virginia. He entered the transfer portal last Friday.

Kendall decided to enter the transfer portal after learning that the Sooners were pursuing Alabama graduate transfer Jalen Hurts.

The sophomore quarterback played backup to Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield during his true freshman year before sitting out a redshirt season in 2017. In 2018, Kendall played behind Kyler Murray, who took home the Heisman this year after transferring in from Texas A&M.

Kendall completed 12-of-17 attempts for 122 yards and one touchdown without any interceptions during four appearances this season.

Under new transfer rules, Kendall was freely permitted to talk to the Mountaineers' coaching staff and choose to transfer there–but NCAA rules still gave Oklahoma the right to keep him from becoming immediately eligible at West Virginia since it is another Big 12 school, even though Kendall has earned his undergraduate degree at Oklahoma.

According to Jason Kersey of The Athletic, Oklahoma was blocking Kendall from transferring to any school on the Sooners' schedule for the next two seasons. That list includes Tennessee, which Austin initially committed to before deciding to attend Oklahoma.

While other conferences, such as the SEC, have rules that allow graduate intraconference transfers to obtain immediate eligibility, the Big 12 has no such overarching rule. The Big 12 did, however, vote to change its intraconference transfer rules for walk-ons in 2016, which was retroactively applied to Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield to give him a season of eligibility back that he had previously lost after his transfer from Texas Tech.

Kendall replaces two-year starting quarterback Will Grier. He already has a relationship with the Mountaineers’ new coach, Neal Brown, who recruited Kendall while an assistant at Kentucky.

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