Shea Patterson’s drawn-out eligibility process took another turn Monday. It was reported that Ole Miss, Patterson’s former school, formally objected to a waiver request from the quarterback to play at Michigan in 2018.
Ole Miss and Patterson appear to be at odds over whether football program misled Patterson to believe an NCAA investigation wouldn’t result in penalties against the Rebels football program. Ole Miss and former coach Hugh Freeze were issued NCAA sanctions last December and Patterson decided to transfer.
While blocking Patterson’s waiver, Ole Miss objected to Patterson’s description of the program, according to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd. Patterson’s lawyer, Thomas A. Mars, fired back at the SEC program.
“If I didn’t know better, I would have thought Ole Miss hired Pinocchio to write its response to Michigan’s waiver request,” Mars told the Detroit News.
Mars went on to point out that Ole Miss publicly apologized to former coach Houston Nutt and settled a lawsuit with him last year.
Mars added to the Detroit News: “It appears that whoever wrote Ole Miss’ response to Michigan’s waiver request wasn’t aware that Ole Miss publicly apologized to Houston Nutt last October for making misleading statements to the sports media about the NCAA case.”
It’s unclear when the Patterson waiver case will be resolved or whether he will wind up playing for Michigan this season. He will be able to play in the Wolverines’ spring game on Saturday.