TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks during a press conference after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Graduate transfers within the Southeastern Conference won a major battle on Friday afternoon. According to multiple reports, the SEC will now allow graduate transfers to play immediately, if they earn their degree.This a huge win for a few different athletes that were awaiting this ruling before transferring.Most notably, this rule change would allow Alabama grad transfer Brandon Kennedy to play immediately, if he’s given permission from the Tide to transfer to another SEC program.SEC grad transfers no longer must sit out a year when transferring to another league school, SEC presidents voted today. Previously, SEC required grad transfers to sit out a year when transferring to another SEC school— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) June 1, 2018Kennedy hopes to transfer to either Tennessee or Auburn, but was allegedly being blocked by Saban and the university.From AL.com:Alabama denied offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy’s initial appeal to transfer to another SEC school on Monday, sources told AL.com.Kennedy, who decided to leave the Crimson Tide program in early May, is hoping to join either Auburn or Tennessee as a graduate transfer but is still blocked from even having contact with those two schools as well as any other SEC schools and any future Alabama opponents.The next step for Kennedy, who graduated in December, is an in-person hearing with Alabama’s appeal board.The new rule helps Kennedy in one area, but stills leaves him in limbo in another. Alabama can still block his transfer to another SEC school given the SEC as a conference has a rule in place that allows SEC programs to block an in-conference transfer.SEC commish Greg Sankey on whether schools can still block intra-conference transfers: “Those rules remain in place right now, but those rules may change (under the NCAA’s new transfer model that takes power away from schools to dictate where athletes can transfer).”— Alex Byington (@_AlexByington) June 1, 2018Up next for Kennedy is a meeting with the Alabama appeals board.
NASHVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 16: Bryce Brown #2 of the Auburn Tigers reacts with teammate Malik Dunbar #4 after sinking a basket during the second half of a 64-53 victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores at Memorial Gym on February 16, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)Virginia is on its way to the national championship game, thanks to Kyle Guy’s three clutch free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining. Guy went to the line after being fouled by Auburn’s Samir Doughty on a three-point attempt.The Doughty foul will be talked about for years to come, even though it looked like it was the correct call. A missed double-dribble seconds earlier will also be remembered.As you might imagine, Auburn players are not happy with how this game ended. It is gut-wrenching to lose in the Final Four, and even more so in that fashion.Yahoo’s Brandon Velaski captured video of Tiger players entering the tunnel following the game, and in it, guard Bryce Brown can be heard slamming the referees.“NCAA needs to get some new refs.” – @AuburnMBB’s Bryce Brown after controversial call at the end of their #FinalFour game vs Virginia pic.twitter.com/uHC0hbYcyV— Brandon Velaski (@bvelaski) April 7, 2019We can’t blame Brown for feeling angry right now. This loss has to hurt immensely.He may not be happy about James Breeding’s whistle on Guy’s final three-point shot, but it does seem like Breeding got the call right. The no-call on the double-dribble is another issue though.Either way, the Cavaliers are moving on to Monday, and Auburn is left heading home.