Oklahoma landed a major graduate transfer this afternoon when Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts committed to the Sooners. Hurts will be immediately eligible in 2019.
At the same time, Oklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall is exploring his options as a grad transfer. Kendall has visited a handful of schools, and one of the places he's considering is West Virginia.
Currently, Oklahoma is blocking Kendall from becoming immediately eligible at WVU next season, per ESPN's Jake Trotter. He can still transfer to Morgantown, but would have to sit out the year and play his final season in 2020.
Taking it one step further, The Athletic's Jason Kersey reports that OU is actually preventing Kendall from becoming immediately eligible at any Big 12 school or program on OU's schedule in the next two seasons.
Naturally, Oklahoma's seemingly hypocritical stance has drawn its share of criticism. The Sooners will play West Virginia next season, but it doesn't seem fair to block Kendall from doing something you're benefiting from as a program.
ESPN's Rece Davis and Rod Gilmore called OU out this afternoon.
Our guess is if Kendall really wants WVU, Oklahoma will relent and allow him to play immediately. That's usually how these things go with the team caving under public outcry.