KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The path could be clear for transferring Alabama backup center Brandon Kennedy to choose between Tennessee and Auburn sooner than later.
The new NCAA transfer rule announced on Wednesday, which effectively ends the practice of coaches blocking players from moving to certain schools, doesn’t take effect until Oct. 15.
Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban originally refused to grant Kennedy a release to transfer within the SEC, citing rules that the league had in place. But now that the SEC has voted to change its graduate transfer rule, and the NCAA Division I Council has followed up with its rule, Saban will most certainly grant Kennedy’s release in the spirit of the changing rules.
As competitive as Saban is — and his championships have been won in part because of that ferocious nature — he’s not a spiteful man.
The Vols and Auburn both recruited Kennedy while he attended Wetumpka High School, near Montgomery, Ala.
Kennedy would compete for starting time immediately on Tennessee’s offensive line.
The Vols remain woefully thin on the offensive line, at one point last season getting down to just four healthy scholarship linemen.
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