Ole Miss quarterback transfer Shea Patterson is eligible to play this season at Michigan, the faculties announced Friday.
Patterson transferred to Michigan following final season, and utilized for a waiver to be eligible in 2018 with out sitting out a yr, reportedly claiming he was misled concerning Ole Miss’ impending NCAA sanctions. After Ole Miss officers reportedly agreed not to continue fighting Patterson’s transfer waiver, the NCAA authorised it this week.
The faculties launched the next joint assertion on Friday:
“The NCAA Division I Council lately authorised an modification to transfer waiver pointers for student-athletes looking for rapid eligibility following a transfer. This modification was efficient April 18, for transferring student-athletes who’re looking for rapid eligibility for the 2018-19 tutorial yr.
“Following notification of this change, the University of Mississippi promptly reached out to the University of Michigan to focus on how these new requirements might affect the University of Mississippi’s assist of a transfer student-athlete’s want to compete instantly at the University of Michigan. The University of Mississippi and the University of Michigan have labored collectively during the last a number of days at the side of the NCAA nationwide workplace workers, and with a concentrate on the very best curiosity of the student-athlete, to put ahead a brand new waiver utility. That new utility was submitted this week by the University of Michigan and supported by each faculties. The University of Michigan has withdrawn its earlier waiver utility and all related supplies in favor of this new, cooperative method primarily based on info which all events agree to. The waiver has now been authorised by the NCAA and thus soccer student-athlete Shea Patterson will probably be eligible to compete within the 2018-19 tutorial yr.
“Both schools are ready to move forward and appreciate the assistance of the NCAA staff in bringing this matter to a resolution. While the process has been complex at times, the solution was simple — two flagship universities and the NCAA staff working together with a focus on student-athlete well-being.”
Patterson (6-foot-2, 203 kilos) was the No. 1 quarterback within the 2016 recruiting class, and began the ultimate three video games of his true freshman season after Chad Kelly was misplaced for the yr due to harm. He began the Rebels’ first seven video games in 2017 earlier than struggling his personal season-ending knee harm.
In 10 video games over two seasons at Ole Miss, Patterson handed for three,319 yards with 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. A real junior, he is predicted to be the Wolverines’ beginning quarterback this fall.