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Cade Mays will have to sit out the 2020 season at Tennessee.

NCAA denies former Georgia OL Cade Mays immediate eligibility at Tennessee

As it stands right now, Cade Mays will not be suiting up for the Tennessee Volunteers this season, as the NCAA denied his request for immediate eligibility after transferring from Georgia in January. Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt said the school will appeal the decision.

Mays, who is from Knoxville, Tenn., transferred to Tennessee in part to play with his brother, who signed as a 4-star member of the 2020 recruiting class. Mays’ parents are also suing the University of Georgia stemming from an incident that occurred on Mays’ official visit to Georgia as a recruit.

Mays’ former teammate Nolan Smith tweeted shortly after the news was announced.

Georgia did bring in a player this offseason who did successfully get a waiver, as the NCAA granted quarterback JT Daniels immediate eligibility after transferring from USC.  One difference is that Daniels redshirted his sophomore year after tearing his ACL in the opening game of the 2019 season.

Related: Teammates, Kirby Smart discuss what JT Daniels will bring to Georgia football quarterback battle

This is not the first time the NCAA has denied a former Bulldog of immediate eligibility, even though he moved closer to home. Former Georgia tight end Luke Ford had to sit out the entire 2019 season after transferring to Illinois. Conversely, Justin Fields was granted eligibility for the 2019 season after transferring to Ohio State.

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