Kirk Herbstreit isn't shy about expressing himself about any topic related to college football. The longtime ESPN analyst is one of the more recognizable names and voices in the sport.
This morning, Herbstreit chimed in on the ongoing eligibility appeal by former Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson. Patterson transferred to Michigan in December in the middle of Ole Miss' ongoing NCAA scandal.
Because of the circumstances that caused him to leave Oxford, Patterson is petitioning the NCAA to be able to play immediately in Ann Arbor. His former Ole Miss teammates who left are doing the same at their new destinations.
Appearing on an NFL Draft conference call Tuesday, Herbstreit backed Patterson and the other Ole Miss transfers.
“I think these guys should be able to leave a program that’s in disarray and right away be able to join a program and hit the ground running,” Herbstreit said via SEC Country. “I don’t know what (the NCAA) is waiting on … I feel bad he’s still going through some of that stuff.”
Not surprisingly, Ole Miss reportedly objected to Patterson's waiver recently. This could affect the NCAA's ultimate decision, but isn't a death blow for Patterson.
If Patterson is ruled eligible, he immediately becomes the favorite to be Michigan's starting quarterback. This spring, Patterson has been practicing with the Wolverines in preparation for potentially being able to play right away.
Besides Patterson, Brandon Peters and Dylan McCaffrey are the top choices to be the Michigan quarterback this season. Peters is the team's top returner at the position, while McCaffrey was a prized recruit.
Michigan opens its 2018 season at Notre Dame on Sept. 1.