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Shea Patterson's Attorney Won't Sue NCAA Over Eligibility

A closeup of Shea Patterson throwing the ball for Ole Miss.

AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 07: Shea Patterson #20 of the Mississippi Rebels looks to pass against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The five-star quarterback's attorney has no plans to sue the NCAA.

Shea Patterson's eligibility is undoubtedly the biggest storyline of Michigan football's offseason in 2018.

The former Ole Miss quarterback is transferring into the Wolverines' program with two years of eligibility left. He's not a graduate transfer, so he's not immediately allowed to play, but due to the Rebels' NCAA sanctions, some believe he should be granted it.

There had been some speculation about a potential lawsuit with the NCAA to grant Patterson immediate eligibility. That's not happening, though, according to CBS Sports.

The attorney for future Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson told CBS Sports he will not sue the NCAA to gain immediate eligibility for his client.

That is significant because attorney Tom Mars is largely why Ole Miss players' transfer status is in question in the first place. It was Mars who represented former Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt in his suit alleging school officials violated a separation agreement by making disparaging comments about the coach.

"I've never even had a private thought about suing the NCAA and have never said or suggested that to anyone," Mars told CBS Sports. "I have no idea who makes up this garbage."

This doesn't mean that Patterson won't be granted immediate eligibility. He plans on filing a waiver with the NCAA and he believes it will be approved.

We likely won't learn about Patterson's approval/denial until late January or early February.

If immediate eligibility is granted, Patterson will almost surely be Michigan's starting quarterback to start the 2018 season. He'll be the most-talented quarterback to play for Jim Harbaugh thus far in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines also have redshirt freshman Brandon Peters and true freshman Dylan McCaffrey coming back.

Michigan opens its 2018 season at Notre Dame. With Patterson at QB, the Wolverines should be a legitimate CFB Playoff candidate.