About a month after Michigan initially filed an appeal for the immediate eligibility of transfer quarterback Shea Patterson, his old school, Ole Miss, has responded.
The Detroit News reported Wednesday that Ole Miss has submitted its response to the NCAA and that the NCAA now has the final say whether Patterson can suit up this season for the Wolverines.
“I can confirm that Ole Miss has delivered to the NCAA and the University of Michigan its response to Michigan’s request that Shea Patterson be granted eligibility to compete during the 2018 season,” Thomas Mars, Patterson’s attorney, said in a statement. “I’m referring all questions about Ole Miss’s response and the NCAA process going forward to Dave Ablauf at Michigan Athletics.”
Ablauf then said the school is aware of the response, but there won’t be an update until the ruling body makes a decision.
Patterson can participate in spring practice. He has been doing so while he awaits the decision.
Legal experts have said 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.