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Oklahoma football: No OBU for Kendal Thompson?

by Berry Tramel Modified: January 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm •  Published: January 23, 2014

Oklahoma's Kendal Thompson (1) is hit by Oklahoma State's Lyndell Johnson (27) during the Bedlam college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Kendal Thompson (1) is hit by Oklahoma State's Lyndell Johnson (27) during the Bedlam college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Some theorized that Kendal Thompson might decide, in leaving OU, to drop down in status for his next go-round of college football. Thompson’s Southmoore High School coach, Chris Jensen, now coaches Oklahoma Baptist University, where Thompson’s former OU and Southmoore teammate, Nyko Symonds, is a star receiver.

But turns out, Thompson would be ineligible at OBU or any other NAIA school.

Thompson plans to graduate from OU, which would make him eligible to play immediately at any NCAA school, even Division I-A programs, provided they offered a graduate program unavailable at the departing school.

But an NAIA source pointed out to me that the NAIA actually has a rule requiring a graduate student at an NAIA school to have completed his or her bachelor’s degree from the same school.

“This is one of the few cases where the NAIA rule is tighter than the NCAA rule,” the source said.

NAIA rules are quite lax in terms of transferring. My source said coach tampering is a problem and that students jump around much to the detriment of their academics. But in this case, the NAIA actually tries to control the transfer a little more.

I really didn’t think Thompson was headed to OBU anyway. He can play at a higher level, and lots of school would be intrigued by a guy who has spent three seasons at OU and quarterbacked virtually the entire third quarter of Bedlam 2013.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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