Morgantown, WV – West Virginia University’s football program announced that former Oklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall has officially transferred into the program.
Yesterday, reports from Jake Trotter of ESPN and several others stated that Oklahoma would initially block Kendall from transferring to West Virginia. By blocking him, he would not be eligible in 2019 and would only have one year left to play.
Hours later, following the backlash of national media and social media, Oklahoma decided to lift the block.
In what was thought to be a contradictory and petty handling of the Kendall situation, Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley actively pursued Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts while keeping Kendall from making his own decision . If he didn’t think Kendall was the guy, then why on earth would he feel as if he should block his transfer?
Now that the block has been lifted, Kendall will be eligible to play in 2019 and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
He completed 12/17 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown while backing up Heisman winner Kyler Murray. More importantly with this addition, he becomes the third scholarship quarterback on the roster.
The Mountaineers now have two of the top ten quarterbacks from the 2016 recruiting class – Jack Allison (#9) and Austin Kendall (#4).