Ole Miss objected to the waiver QB Shea Patterson submitted to the NCAA requesting that he be able to play immediately in 2018 following his transfer to Michigan. Patterson’s former school provided an explanation on Tuesday:
“We would not oppose a waiver of the year in residence requirement based on a legitimate reason for any student-athlete who wants to transfer from Ole Miss,” athletic director Ross Bjork told USA Today’s Dan Wolken. “So the waiver in question, the way it was written, we had no choice but to respond the way that we did and anyone who left our program, we wish them the best academically and athletically, and at this point it’s not really our matter. It’s an NCAA and Michigan matter at this point.”
Wolken says Bjork declined to get into specifics of what Ole Miss objected to in his waiver, citing “privacy laws.” Ole Miss objected to the waiver last month, and its concerns became public in a CBS Sports story on Monday.
“It appears the school is not supporting his attempt at a transfer waiver,” Dennis Dodd wrote for CBS.
“Whoever wrote that response for Ole Miss either wasn’t paying attention last year or had a case of selective amnesia,” Thomas A. Mars, Patterson’s attorney, told Dodd.