We still don’t know whether Shea Patterson will play for Michigan football in 2018.
The transfer quarterback has filed a waiver request with the NCAA requesting that he be able to skip the requirement that non-graduate transfers sit out a season before playing for their new teams. It appears Patterson’s former team has no interest in helping him play this season.
Patterson’s request hinges on his assessment of the way Ole Miss recruited him and what the school told him about a pending NCAA investigation into its recruiting practices that eventually resulted in a two-year bowl ban, among other things, that was handed down during the 2017 season.
According to a report from CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd on Monday, Ole Miss objected to Patterson’s description of the program in a response to the NCAA last month.
“It appears the school is not supporting his attempt at a transfer waiver,” Dodd wrote.
“Whoever wrote that response for Ole Miss either wasn’t paying attention last year or had a case of selective amnesia,” attorney Thomas A. Mars told Dodd.
Land of 10’s Sean Keeler asked legal experts what they thought of the case last month. Their opinions were optimistic for Patterson’s chances of playing right away, but nothing’s a slam dunk here.
“I still think it’s a coin flip to decide, but I think the NCAA will do the right thing,” noted David Ridpath, associate professor of sport management at Ohio University and president of The Drake Group, an advocacy group seeking NCAA academic reform. “Shea Patterson will be available to start for Michigan [this fall]. It’s not a guarantee … that’s coming from a common-sense standpoint.”