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Oklahoma football: Quarterback Kendal Thompson announces that he's transferring

Kendal Thompson announced Tuesday evening via Twitter his intention to graduate in May and transfer to another college football program, theoretically leaving him two years of eligibility because of special NCAA graduate transfer rules.
by Jason Kersey Published: January 21, 2014

OU coach Bob Stoops declined to name a starting quarterback in the month leading up to the Sugar Bowl against Alabama, but ultimately went with Knight, who threw for 348 yards and four touchdown passes in the Sooners' stunning 45-31 victory.

Thompson's announcement also ends his father's dream of watching his son quarterback the Sooners.

Charles Thompson seemed destined for stardom at Oklahoma before his February 1989 drug arrest, which landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs.

The symbolic photograph came to represent all the perceived problems with Oklahoma football and ultimately led to legendary coach Barry Switzer's resignation four months later.

Charles Thompson spent 17 months in federal prison and wasn't embraced again within the OU football program until after Stoops' hiring in 1999.

Kendal Thompson became a high-school star at Southmoore, and committed to the Sooners in November 2009.

“I think one of the things that inspires him is the opportunity to finish something that I started,” Charles Thompson said last April.

As of right now, the Sooners return Knight, Bell and redshirt freshman Cody Thomas as their quarterbacks, and add 2014 signee Justice Hansen, the Edmond Santa Fe product who has enrolled early to participate in spring practices.

Bell may opt to graduate and transfer as well, although Stoops has implied that if he stays for his senior season, he could have an opportunity to play tight end.

Former Texas Tech quarterback Baker Mayfield has also enrolled at OU and intends to walk-on to the football program. Mayfield, who was a true freshman at Tech in 2013, lost his appeal to the NCAA for immediate eligibility at OU, though, and Stoops has said several times that his staff isn't interested in adding any transfer quarterbacks.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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