Saban won't let Bama Grad transfer to Tenn.

By: Dr. Spock



Ok, I can see doing this for undergrads.  Don't want recent recruits going to rivals.  I get that.  But doing this to a Grad Student who is never going to see the field for Bama in 2018?  That's f*cked up.

Nick Saban is a TOTAL DICKHEAD.

(Cue up my old friend Old Hickory Trojan's lame ass excuses for Saban in 3 . . . 2 . . . 1. . .)

From  247:

"Tennessee needs immediate help on its offensive line, and a graduate transfer might be the best route for the Vols go to.

One potential option is being blocked by Tennessee's SEC rival.

According to a Friday report from AL.com, transferring Crimson Tide offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy is interested is continuing his career at Tennessee or Auburn, but Alabama has prohibited him from having contact with any other SEC program and opponents on the Tide's future non-conference schedules.

Kennedy is in the process of appealing, the report states. 

He finished the 2017 season as Alabama's backup center and completed his degree in December. 

The Wetumpka, Ala., product was a four-star prospect ranked the No. 296 overall player and No. 19 offensive guard prospect in the 247Sports Composite for the 2015 class.

Kennedy redshirted his first season at Alabama in 2015 and appeared in seven games in 2016. Last season he played in three games off the bench in September before suffering a season-ending foot injury that limited his playing time He received a medical redshirt after the season ended.

Alabama in 2016 initially blocked defensive back Maurice Smith from transferring within the SEC to Georgia. The Bulldogs felt the conference's restrictions on players leaving one SEC program for another shouldn't apply to graduate transfer. The Tide didn't want the player going elsewhere within the league.

Initially Alabama maintained its restrictions, but the ongoing public saga that gained national attention ended when Alabama relented amid public pressure and permitted Smith to go to Georgia, albeit after SEC commissioner Greg Sankey got involved.

First-year Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt was Alabama's defensive coordinator the past two seasons, while tight ends coach Brian Niedermeyer also worked in the Tide's football program, along with a couple of support staffers who joined Pruitt's staff with the Vols.

In his meeting with the media before Thursday night's Big Orange Caravan stop in Chattanooga, Pruitt flatly said no when asked if the Vols were still considering the addition of another graduate transfer.

However, the Vols were set to host junior college offensive tackle David Swaby on an official visit this weekend before canceling the visit because, as Swaby told GoVols247 on Wednesday night, Tennessee "found another guy that was gonna go there for sure."

Tennessee has picked up two graduate transfers already this offseason in Stanford quarterback Keller Chryst and Michigan State running back Madre London, who are expecting to join the Vols officially this summer.

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The Vols also hosted a pair of graduate transfer cornerbacks on visits this spring in Stanford's Terrence Alexander and Texas A&M's Nick Harvey. Both are heading elsewhere in the SEC, with Alexander choosing LSU (he's a New Orleans native) and Harvey committing last week to South Carolina. Tennessee instead took a late 2018 commitment from junior college transfer Kenneth George Jr.

Excluding position changes, Tennessee is slated to have just 13 scholarship offensive linemen on its roster in 2018, including three true freshmen and Chance Hall, whose status for the season is unclear coming off knee surgery in March.

It's also a question mark if Trey Smith will be cleared to play this season after a what's been termed a "personal health issue" sidelined him for spring practice.

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