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SEC Makes Major Change To Graduate Transfer Rule

A closeup of Nick Saban during a press conference.

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.

Kennedy 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.

Up next for Kennedy is a meeting with the Alabama appeals board.