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Cade Mays granted eligibility by NCAA after appeal

Mays now needs approval from the SEC in order to play.
Credit: Tennessee Athletics
Georiga transer Cade Mays works out with Tennessee in the fall.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn — Former Georgia offensive lineman Cade Mays has been granted eligibility for the 2020-2021 season from the NCAA after an appeal, head coach Jeremy Pruitt announced during a press conference on Thursday evening.

Mays must now get approval from the SEC before being cleared to play for Tennessee this season.

"This has always been a two-step process, the next thing is the SEC. It's good that our governing body decided to allow him to play, now we go to the SEC," Pruitt said on Thursday.

Pruitt said he has not had any contact with SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey regarding Mays' transfer, but remains confident in the commissioner's decision making.

"Greg Sankey has done a great job from a leadership standpoint with everybody within the conference and his number one thing has always been the protection of the players and putting our student-athletes first, so I have a lot of confidence in the outcome."

A former Knoxville Catholic star, Mays initially played at Georgia before transferring to Tennessee in January of 2020. Mays is a 2020 preseason All-American as well as a member of the 2020 Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List.