Michigan’s national title contention in 2018 could hinge largely on whether or not transfer quarterback Shea Patterson is eligible. Patterson transferred to Ann Arbor from Ole Miss in December.
Because Patterson left Ole Miss in the wake of NCAA sanctions, he and several former teammates are appealing for immediate eligibility at their new destinations. He has yet to find out if he’ll be able to suit up this fall.
According to a new report from CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd, Patterson’s appeal process is “at a standstill.”
Patterson’s attorney, Thomas Mars, told Dodd that the NCAA received Patterson’s full transfer package on February 26, but has yet to send it to Ole Miss. Once Ole Miss receives it, they will have 10 days to review it.
Michigan begins practice on March 23.
“So, from a technical rules perspective, despite having all the information for the past two weeks, Old Miss could continue to keep its position on the Shea Patterson waiver request to itself for at least another two weeks,” Mars said.
“In the meantime, as everyone knows, the process is at a standstill.”
In two seasons with Ole Miss, Patterson has passed for 3,139 yards, 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He enrolled in Oxford as a five-star recruit in 2016.
Michigan opens up its 2018 season at Notre Dame on September 1.