On Wednesday, it was said by the Associated Press’ Ralph Russo that Michigan was unlikely to know whether Mississippi’s transfer QB Shea Patterson will be eligible to play next season once the Wolverines begin spring practice on March 23.
Patterson decided to transfer to Michigan over the offseason and the NCAA has to make a ruling on whether the former 5-star recruit will have to sit out a season or if he will be able to play right away. Tom Mars, who is an attorney advising Patterson, said a ruling can’t be made until Mississippi responds to Michigan’s application for a waiver.
Mississippi has 10 business days to respond once it receives the application from Michigan. It was reported by Mars that Michigan was likely to send its application on Wednesday.
Regardless of when Mississippi responds to Michigan’s application, Patterson will be able to practice with the Wolverines starting March 23.
Patterson threw for 2,259 yards and 17 touchdowns in the first seven games last season before tearing a ligament in his right knee.