CHARLESTON — Oklahoma Sooners graduate transfer quarterback Austin Kendall will enroll at West Virginia University on Thursday, according to a report by 247Sports' Chris Anderson.
Kendall, who will have two years of eligibility, was initially blocked from being allowed to play at WVU in 2019 by the Sooners before OU backed off to allow his immediate eligibility for the Mountaineers.
The saga of whether quarterback Kendall can transfer from Oklahoma to West Virginia without losing a year of eligibility apparently lasted a few hours Wednesday afternoon.
USA Today reported Wednesday that Kendall, a graduate transfer who is seeking to move on from the Sooners' program, won't face any restrictions from OU, no matter the destination. Several outlets reported earlier Wednesday that Oklahoma would not let Kendall transfer to WVU and become immediately eligible.
ESPN's Jake Trotter was first to report the Sooners keeping Kendall off the field for the Mountaineers next season. Coincidentally, OU got a commitment from
Alabama transfer quarterback Jalen Hurts, who will be eligible to play right away for the Sooners.
According to Yahoo Sports, Kendall is expected to be on campus in Morgantown on Thursday. Kendall is able to speak with members of the WVU coaching staff and is allowed to transfer to West Virginia.
However, Oklahoma, according to NCAA transfer rules, had the right to block Kendall from playing at another Big 12 Conference school for the 2019 season despite Kendall having already graduated from OU.
If the Sooners had stuck to their guns and Kendall enrolled at WVU, he would have had to sit out the 2019 season and have one year of eligibility remaining.
The Big 12 voted to change its intraconference transfer rule in 2016 for walk-ons and applied it to Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield after the fact, giving Mayfield a year of eligibility he had previously lost when he left Texas Tech for OU.
Kendall, who entered the transfer portal on Friday after learning of Oklahoma's desire to land Hurts, served as Mayfield's backup in 2015, then redshirted in 2016. He was Kyler Murray's backup last season. Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy with the Sooners in 2017, then Murray did the same in 2018.