Shea Patterson has yet to learn of his eligibility for the 2018 season. The Michigan quarterback is expecting good news, though.
The former five-star recruit transferred to Michigan from Ole Miss. He left the Rebels’ program as a result of the impending sanctions hitting Oxford, Miss.
Patterson hopes to be eligible to play right away in 2018. Many expect that will be the case.
An NCAA expert has weighed in on the possibility of Patterson getting to play right away. He’s optimistic.
“I find it very easy to believe that the student-athletes were misled over the potential severity of the sanctions [that were coming],” David Ridpath, associate professor of sport management at Ohio University and president of The Drake Group, an advocacy group seeking NCAA academic reform, told Land of 10.
“I think Shea Patterson and the other Ole Miss athletes, they have a great case for contending that they were misled by Ole Miss. … Personally, I think he will be found eligible.”
Patterson’s eligibility is of massive importance to Michigan’s 2018 season. The Wolverines have some nice quarterback depth, but most think Patterson is clearly the best option.
ESPN analyst Mel Kiper, for example, has Michigan as a preseason top-six team, assuming Patterson will be eligible. If the former Ole Miss quarterback is eligible, Michigan will likely contend for a Big Ten title and College Football Playoff berth.
A decision on Patterson’s eligibility is likely to come in the next month or so.