Social media reacts: Tennessee-Georgia football animosity builds over Cade Mays’ transfer eligibility
ATHENS — The Cade Mays’ NCAA appeals case is fascinating on several fronts, and it has certainly captivated the Georgia and Tennessee fan bases.
It’s not often a two-year starter in the prime of his career on the brink of multi-million dollar draft status asks to transfer out of a national championship contending program.
But that’s what happened with Mays, who is seeking immediate eligibility at a rival school in the SEC despite having his first appeal denied.
The league has a policy where players who transfer within it must sit out a year, so Mays will need a waiver from both the NCAA and the SEC if he is to play this season.
There has been talk and proposed NCAA legislation allowing players a one-time transfer anywhere, but it has yet to be passed in its current form.
Some fans believe it needs to happen sooner than later and have taken out a petition asking Mays be made eligible immediately. More than 11,000 have already signed the petition, according to its website.
Still, many Vols’ fans are following the lead of their head coach, who says he writes letters of recommendation for immediate eligibility for very Tennessee player who wants to transfer out.
If Georgia is so good, some of them say, why do they care if Mays gets to play this season? And, this is a season where eligibility doesn’t count for players anyway, so why not give all transfers immediate eligibility?
Georgia fans, meanwhile, resent Mays wanting to leave his teammates in a bind after Coach Kirby Smart invested so much time and program resources into developing him into an elite player.
So, not only do UGA fans feel Mays should be bound to the rules in place, but he should especially not be allowed to play for a rival school the Bulldogs play every season and recruit against regularly in Georgia.
Jeremy Pruitt suggested Mays was in a tough environment on account of his father, former Tennessee player Kevin Mays, filing a $3 million lawsuit after losing the tip of his right pinky finger in a folding chair accident.
The lawsuit was filed on Dec. 5, 2019 — Mays transferred out on Jan. 10, 2020.
Smart and his players say the Georgia team environment has never been better, as there is a leadership committee that ensures all player issues are brought to the forefront.
Here’s some of the fans’ and media comments on the Cade Mays’ transfer issue:
Mays gets denied eligibility in a season where eligibility doesn’t count. There’s the story
— #FreeCadeMays (@cable18) August 23, 2020
Should Tennessee just play Cade Mays anyway?
The NCAA has been absent all pandemic, and now want to step in and ruin a kid’s future? Beginning of the end, IMO. https://t.co/MJTxrPdkuf
— Houston Kress (@VolRumorMill) August 18, 2020
— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) August 19, 2020
These Georgia fans, say they cared about you until you transfer home, and now want to rub it in your face. If it was a kid from Athens going back to Georgia they’d be okay with it. QBs transfer for playing time get approved, but a kid wanting to go home isn’t?
— Austin Farley (@FarleyAustinJ) August 18, 2020
My issue with the Cade Mays (initial) waiver denial has nothing to do with Mays.
Every NCAA athlete should be given a one-time free transfer. A failure to allow that is so wrong on every level.
— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) August 18, 2020
“Tennessee’s chances with Cade Mays would be much better if Tee Martin was the coach” – Jayson Swain
— Brandi Koontz (@bfkoontz) November 28, 2017
@TonyBasilio Im on here trying to get Vol fans to go on NCAA Twitter and over load it with Vol fans supporting Cade Mays. Let’s put some pressure on the NCAA. Not Cades fault his dad got hurt or filed a lawsuit. It’s wrong Georgia treated him like an outcast and NCAA won’t help.
— HereComesTheBooom! (@supercooper125) August 18, 2020
Tennessee has been pushed into this corner…Georgia is being petty and ridiculous by hampering his ability to play this upcoming year.
— Debbie Burton (@debmburton1) August 21, 2020
— Panda🐼 (@_LayZay_) August 18, 2020
I almost wish he could play and then turn that nasty defense of UGA loose.
— Georgiagirl (@Georgia33934877) August 22, 2020
ZERO chance Pruitt lets a 5 star transfer to Georgia immediately. Do they even have a 5 star player? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
— Bengals and Dawgs Fan (@DawgsAndBengals) August 22, 2020
His dad brought a lawsuit against the school. His stated reason for leaving was the incident in question. As soon as that happened, it was in the hands of the university’s lawyers, not the football staff. Letting him go would essentially be admitting liability in the suit.
— Adam Bruce (@BrucemanActual) August 22, 2020
1. What do they have to gain from it? Do they expect him to come back and play for them?
2. They are purposely jeopardizing his future. Revenge is not a good look. Georgia should be bigger than this.
3. If he wants to leave, let him go and wish him well.
— Allan Lane (@AllanVol) August 21, 2020
Why he is learning the hard way that the grass is not always greener on the other side it would be different if he was riding the pine but he was starting and had a starting job locked for this season he transferred because he wanted to no other reason
— UGAFAN MR.SIMMONS (@MrUgafan) August 21, 2020
I don’t get how Tennessee fans try to speak on this and be ignorant in the NCAA rules. He played all 14 games last year. He did not get injured and sit out most of the year. He’s not a grad transfer. What did you expect? I would like to see a 1-time transfer, it is what it is.
— Mike (@HotDawg1985) August 22, 2020
I have to giggle at all of the UT fans, I’m sure they would all be totally supportive if one of their starting offensive line men wanted to transfer to UGA & play immediately.
— Blondie (@DaisyBlondie200) August 21, 2020
Apparently the kid can’t think for himself. Daddy made him transfer for two reasons. First the lawsuit because Daddy is to stupid to use a folding chair. Second Georgia didn’t want Cade’s baby brother. Only reaso UT signed him was the deal Daddy was planning.
— Bourbon_Serious🥃 (@kjgGA1) August 21, 2020
Did UT support him when he chose UGA over UT because his dad was a legacy? I actually recall a video where he said a few unkind words about UT. How gracious have the UT fans been showing Nick Chubb’s leg injury over. We support the men wearing the red and black not ugly orange.
— Will ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@1991dawg12) August 21, 2020
There is no reason they should. The Mays are clearly a toxic family for Georgia and I don’t see how anyone could expect Georgia to assist them in any future endeavors based on their family’s exit from their program.
— Chris Taylor (@Ctaylor0780) August 21, 2020
VIDEO: Jeremy Pruitt on Cade Mays “It would be very disappointing, on many levels, if any kid in this pandemic is denied an opportunity to play” #Vols #FreeCadeMays https://t.co/mhPoBrSHlK pic.twitter.com/C3t6lRn3X3
— 99.1 The Sports Animal (@SportsRadioWNML) August 23, 2020
I guess I just have a different take on this. If Mays doesn’t want to be there, take a hike! I wish you well. I felt the same way about Justin Fields, although I don’t think he should have been given immediate eligibility.
— Mark Dakin (@MarkDakin5) August 21, 2020
Yeah, let’s support a kid who was last seen celebrating a Sugar Bowl victory with his buddies leave UGA because of a pinky finger lawsuit and his brother not being good enough to be a Dawg… to go be a Vol and compete against us the following year.
He should sit. He quit.
The grass is not always greener on the other side…
— Nolan Smith II (@SmithNoland2) August 17, 2020
— Michael H (@ElbertonDawg) August 21, 2020
But they were all cool with Maurice Smith coming over from Bama, right? It’s called being a hypocrite.
— George Arnold (@GeorgeA86425954) August 21, 2020
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