Report: Ole Miss opposing Patterson's eligibility appeal
Written by Matt Pargoff   

 

The Wolverines are past the midway point of spring practice, and they aren’t just left with the question of who is winning the quarterback competition, but who will be available. Receiving a transfer from Ole Miss signal caller Shea Patterson during the offseason could pay immediate dividends if his appeal for immediate eligibility goes through the NCAA, but one step in that process has hit a snag.

The basis for Patterson’s appeal, and that of five other former Rebels who transferred out, is that they were misled by the Ole Miss coaching staff about the severity of impending NCAA sanctions, which was ultimately the reason the players left. However, according to a report from CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd, who cites Patterson’s attorney Thomas Mars, Ole Miss has attempted to put up a road block.

Michigan and Patterson submitted the appeal February, and upon review by the NCAA, it was passed on to the Ole Miss program, which had 10 days to respond in support of the waiver, in opposition to it, or to remain neutral. Ole Miss took the full time allotted to respond, electing to stand opposed to the quarterback gaining immediate eligibility.

The NCAA is not required to accept the recommendation of Ole Miss and will render its own verdict, but support for the request would have been a preferred response for the Patterson camp.

“Whoever wrote that response for Ole Miss either wasn't paying attention last year or had a case of selective amnesia,” Mars told CBS Sports.

Patterson has two years of eligibility remaining after starting in each of his first two years at Mississippi, but the question of when he can play remains up in the air.

If he is granted immediate eligibility, he will be in the thick of the quarterback competition in the fall, along with redshirt sophomore Brandon Peters, redshirt freshman Dylan McCaffrey and true freshman Joe Milton.

 

 
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