Alabama reportedly denied Brandon Kennedy’s initial appeal to transfer to another SEC school.
On Monday, it was learned that the offensive lineman wants to join either Auburn or Tennessee as a grad transfer but his initial appeal had been denied, per AL.com’s Matt Zenitz. Kennedy reportedly is blocked from receiving contact from the Tigers or Volunteers. Kennedy also reportedly is prevented from having contact with any other SEC school and future Alabama opponents.
Kennedy, who graduated in December, must attend an in-person hearing with Alabama’s appeal board as his next course of action. Earlier in May, it was reported that Kennedy would transfer.
This isn’t the first instance of an Alabama player wanting to transfer to an SEC school. Two seasons ago, Maurice Smith wanted to transfer from Alabama to Georgia so he could play for Kirby Smart, who was a former Alabama defensive coordinator. He eventually was allowed to transfer to Georgia. It’s worth mentioning that Tennessee is now coached by former Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.
In the last two seasons, two other SEC players have transferred between SEC schools. Running back David Williams went from South Carolina to Arkansas, and defensive back Nick Harvey ended up going from Texas A&M to South Carolina.
Kennedy, a native of Wetumpka, Ala., was a reserve center with the Crimson Tide. He received a medical redshirt after last season, so the redshirt sophomore will have three years of eligibility left wherever he lands.