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Report: Utah first up on Kendal Thompson’s transfer tour

Kendal Thompson AP

Based on one report, there’s certainly no lack of interest in a former Oklahoma quarterback.

Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, the Daily Oklahoman is reporting that more than 40 football programs — 42 to be specific — have expressed an interest in erstwhile Sooner Kendal Thompson.  The report stated that the 42 were from the Div. I level, although it did not specify the breakdown between FBS and FCS programs.

The source told the paper that Thompson will visit Utah this weekend.  Four visits to unnamed schools will also be made before Thompson settles on a landing spot.  There’s no word on whether OU is pulling a Texas Tech as far as restrictions go.

Jan. 21, reports surfaced that Thompson would be transferring from OU.  The school subsequently confirmed his departure.

As Thompson is on schedule to graduate in May, he will be eligible to play immediately at an FBS program.  Not only that, he will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Thompson was a three-star member of the Sooners’ 2011 recruiting class coming out of Moore, Okla., rated as the No. 21 dual-threat quarterback in the country and the No. 3 player at any position in the state of Oklahoma.  He played in just two games during his time in Norman, both of which came this past season.  All told, Thompson completed four of 13 passes for 64 yards and a touchdown.

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6 Responses to “Report: Utah first up on Kendal Thompson’s transfer tour”
  1. raysfan1 says: Feb 16, 2014 12:24 PM

    My opinion only, but I think that once a player graduates, the university should have zero say in what a player does or where he goes. If college football wishes to continue under the guise of amateur sports, then part of that is education being the first priority. If an athlete graduates, then he has fulfilled the stated purpose of having a scholarship.

  2. jkaflagg says: Feb 16, 2014 4:06 PM

    Still unclear on one thing….it used to be when a player had graduated he could transfer to a school and maintain eligibility if his new school had a graduate program that his original school did not….Do I have this wrong, or is this rule not applicable ? I see guys like Thompson and Max Wittek (ex-USC) talking to every school out there who needs a QB, and it seems impossible that all these schools have programs that Oklahoma or SC did not….thanks to anyone who can clarify !

  3. djshnooks says: Feb 16, 2014 7:24 PM

    The question is…is he that good? Could he start wherever he ends up?

    What a dream scenario…play college ball and enjoy the experience for TWO years without having to take ANY classes? If that’s how it works…what a setup this kid is going to have for the next 2 years…the pressure is off, you have no focus but football…it’s basically a free 2 year audition for the NFL. Doesn’t get any better.

  4. raysfan1 says: Feb 16, 2014 7:45 PM

    You are correct; the university to which he transfers must have a graduate program that OU does not. However, it is not hard to essentially custom-design a Master’s Degree program.

    No, he does have to attend class and pass…as a graduate student.

  5. jarzmel says: Feb 17, 2014 12:49 PM

    You cant tell me that college football is nothing but a for-profit machine, minor league farm system for the National Felons League.

  6. jkaflagg says: Feb 18, 2014 11:16 PM

    Thanks Raysfan1… does seem a little off that a player who has already completed his degree (and used a scholarship) will now get another scholarship to pursue another degree when it is clear that it is done only to give the player athletic eligibility…..I would imagine that some students battling to get into grad school might not be too pleased to see a guy take a spot solely to play sports….

    Unless of course the advanced degree has something to do with business, since it’s clearly all about the money….

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