The NCAA finally made the right decision and freed Cade Mays.

Of course, when you take into account Mays transferred from one SEC school to another, his status remains uncertain at Tennessee until the conference makes a final determination on the lineman’s status for this season (All transfers within the SEC have to receive a waiver by the conference to be eligible).

Either way, Lane Kiffin was glad to see the NCAA finally approve Mays’ waiver to play immediately this season — something the Rebel coach has previously advocated for this offseason.

While Mays received word on his waiver, Kiffin and his Ole Miss program are still awaiting a final ruling from the NCAA regarding Otis Reese’s eligibility this season. Kiffin has already touted the former Georgia defensive back as one of his best players in Oxford, and the same as Mays, Reese needs both an NCAA and an SEC waiver to play this season.

The way Kiffin views the situation, given the fact the NCAA has given all players a year of free eligibility in 2020, it makes no sense for the NCAA to hold players out from action this fall.

“These guys that are sitting, they’re sitting and really losing that year,” Kiffin said during one of his recent media availabilities. “Take someone that’s sitting and has one year to play, next year. Well, they would’ve gotten a free year this year so they’d have two seasons to play. Now someone like that only has one season to play.

“Or Otis, he would have three seasons to play now. Now he’s going to sit and only have two. It’s pretty neat for everyone else but it’s really screwing these guys.”

The NCAA did the right thing with Mays, not it’s time for them to do the same for Reese and Ole Miss.