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SEC relaxes transfer rules, clearing path for UF's Jefferson

The Southeastern Conference has relaxed two rules regarding intra-league transfers, clearing the way for former Mississippi receiver Van Jefferson to play at Florida this fall and opening the door for Alabama offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy to be eligible for a rival school this season.

SEC presidents and chancellors passed legislation Friday in Destin, Florida, that allows players at a school under NCAA sanctions to transfer to another institution within the conference without sitting out a season. Florida and Texas A&M sponsored the proposal, with Jefferson reaping the immediate benefits.

Jefferson, a fourth-year junior, caught 42 passes for 456 yards and a...