Shea Patterson officially eligible to play in 2018
Written by Matt Pargoff   

 

Quarterback transfer Shea Patterson has officially been declared eligible to play this fall at Michigan. Joining the program in January, the former Ole Miss signal caller has been fighting to overcome the NCAA restriction that requires transfers to sit out for a year before playing, finally reaching a positive conclusion on Friday afternoon.

“There are a lot of people who worked really hard to help make this transfer process a success," said Patterson in a released statement. "I want to thank Coach Harbaugh, the University of Michigan and the NCAA for allowing me to continue my education and football career at one of the best universities in the country.

“A special thanks to Michigan’s Compliance Staff and to Tom Mars for his personal guidance for me and my family during this time. With this decision behind us, my family and I are fully focused on the upcoming season. My teammates and I are always committed to competing at the highest level and winning championships. Go Blue!”

Patterson and Michigan initially argued that he had been misled about the severity of impending NCAA sanctions at Ole Miss as a justification for receiving the waiver, which drew objections from the Rebels’ administration. It is not clear at this time the specific points of objection, or how they were resolved, but Michigan and Mississippi were able to reach an agreement on the matter, submitting a new waiver, which was approved by the NCAA.

The two schools put out a joint statement on the matter.

The NCAA Division I Council recently approved an amendment to transfer waiver guidelines for student-athletes seeking immediate eligibility following a transfer. This amendment was effective April 18, for transferring student-athletes who are seeking immediate eligibility for the 2018-19 academic year.

 

Following notification of this change, the University of Mississippi promptly reached out to the University of Michigan, to discuss how these new standards could impact the University of Mississippi’s support of a transfer student-athlete’s desire to compete immediately at the University of Michigan. The University of Mississippi and the University of Michigan have worked together over the last several days in conjunction with the NCAA national office staff, and with a focus on the best interest of the student-athlete, to put forward a new waiver application. That new application was submitted this week by the University of Michigan and supported by both schools. The University of Michigan has withdrawn its previous waiver application and all associated materials in favor of this new, cooperative approach based on facts which all parties agree to. The waiver has now been approved by the NCAA and thus football student-athlete Shea Patterson will be eligible to compete in the 2018-19 academic year.

 

Both schools are ready to move forward and appreciate the assistance of the NCAA staff in bringing this matter to a resolution. While the process has been complex at times, the solution was simple - two flagship universities and the NCAA staff working together with a focus on student-athlete well-being.

The 6-foot-2, 203 pound Patterson started 10 games over two seasons for Ole Miss, completing 63.8% of his passes for 2,259 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions as a sophomore last fall. He is currently in the competition to claim the starting job at the quarterback position along with redshirt sophomore Brandon Peters, redshirt freshman Dylan McCaffrey and true freshman Joe Milton.

 

 
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