Michigan has filed an appeal for the immediate eligibility of transfer quarterback Shea Patterson, according to the player’s attorney.
The university’s compliance office did it Monday, attorney Thomas Mars told 247Sports, which first reported the story on Tuesday.
The appeal also was sent to Ole Miss, where Patterson last played. The school now has 10 business days to respond, according to Mars.
Mars also said the appeal will be reviewed, Ole Miss will have a chance to respond and, pending that response or non-response, the case will move forward. A panel then will decide Patterson’s fate, which Mars and all of Wolverines faithful hope to find out before spring practice begins in late March.
Legal experts say Patterson has a great case to become eligible for the 2018 season after transferring from the Rebels following last season and requesting an exception to the rule that transfer players must sit out for one year if they transfer between FBS programs. The exception, according to the experts, is based on the fact that the quarterback — and other former Ole Miss players — are transferring as a result of sanctions imposed on the Rebels program because of actions to which the players were not a party.