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Lincoln Riley Explains Why He Lifted Austin Kendall's Transfer Block

Lincoln Riley staring across the field as Oklahoma's head coach.

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners looks on prior to their College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley opened up this afternoon about Austin Kendall's decision to transfer out of the Sooners' program.

Kendall, a former four-star recruit, will be transferring to West Virginia.

The Sooners' quarterback put his name into the NCAA's transfer portal earlier this month and was initially blocked from transferring to West Virginia.

Riley was criticized - quite heavily - for his decision to block Kendall's transfer to West Virginia, especially after Oklahoma landed a commitment from Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts.

The Sooners have had some serious success with transfer quarterbacks in recent seasons, from Baker Mayfield to Kyler Murray and, now, to Hurts.

So, it seemed a little ridiculous that Oklahoma would prevent one of its own quarterbacks from moving on.

Riley revealed today that the "human element" ended up making him lift the blocking of Kendall's transfer to West Virginia.

Kendall is a former four-star recruit who will have immediate eligibility with the Mountaineers, who are replacing both their head coach and their starting quarterback.

West Virginia and Oklahoma could both end up competing at the top of the Big 12 in 2019, so we could get a fun Kendall-Hurts matchup this fall.