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Alabama Offensive Lineman Is Transferring To An SEC Rival

A panorama view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during an Alabama football game.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Brandon Kennedy transfer saga is over. The former Alabama offensive lineman is officially transferring to rival Tennessee, where he will be able to play right away.

Kennedy announced his intention to leave the Crimson Tide in early May. It comes after a foot injury cost him most of his 2017 season, and he was set to enter this year as a back-up for Nick Saban's club.

Interestingly, the two schools that Kennedy had on his mind were also Alabama's two biggest rivals. Auburn and Tennessee were reportedly the finalists to land his services.

However, there were obstacles for Kennedy to make that move within conference, even as a graduate transfer. The SEC had a rule that made players wait one year before playing for another school in the league, and Saban was reportedly blocking him from talking to the Tigers and Vols staffs.

On June 1, the SEC changed the rule to allow graduate transfers to play right away. That opened the door for Kennedy.

This morning, Tennessee Rivals site VolQuest reported that Kennedy is joining the program this summer.

Sources tell that Kennedy is expected to take part in second session or July term summer school at Tennessee and is already in Knoxville around the program.

Additionally, sources tell Volquest that Kennedy chose a grad school program that isn't offered at Alabama, which helped his case to make the move within the conference before the SEC amended its grad transfer rule on June 1.

Because Kennedy received a medical redshirt last season, he has two years of eligibility remaining. He is expected to compete for a starting job in Knoxville.

Alabama has now lost two offensive linemen to graduate transfers this off-season. Dallas Warmack is heading to Oregon to finish up his college career.