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Father Of Ole Miss QB Shea Patterson Weighs In On Hugh Freeze's Departure

Hugh Freeze is out at Ole Miss. What does that mean for the future of young star quarterback Shea Patterson?

Patterson, the No. 1 quarterback in the class of 2016, was a huge recruiting victory for Freeze, who built his program on landing similarly ranked five-star talents.

After Chad Kelly was sidelined by injury to end the season, Patterson was handed the reins for the final three games of the year for Ole Miss.

In his first collegiate game, he spurred a huge 29-28 upset of Texas A&M, throwing for 338 yards and rushing for another 64, with two touchdown passes. He finished with 880 passing yards, 169 rushing yards, six touchdowns, and three interceptions in those three games.

Patterson's father spoke to 247Sports about where things stand in light of the Freeze news. It should come as a relief to Rebels fans that he is focused on the season ahead.

"Shea and I really haven't talked about this in detail. Matt Luke is his coach and Shea is the Rebel quarterback and we have a game to play in 30-something days," said Patterson, who said he received a phone call from Luke, who has been named the interim head coach, late last night.

Patterson said that the situation with Freeze is "sad." His older son, Sean Patterson, was hired by Freeze as associate director for recruiting operations in 2015, ahead of Shea's commitment. While it doesn't sound like the former high school All-American is going anywhere soon, his father did leave the door open, with regards to the looming potential NCAA sanctions.

"As of right now, unless the NCAA does something to cause a mass exodus, I think this whole thing has lit a fire under Shea. Ole Miss football has been around forever, and it's still going on. Someone has to be there to lead it."

Patterson will be a true sophomore this fall, and it seems unlikely that he would transfer and sit out a year when he could leave for the NFL after the 2018 season, which is good news for Ole Miss. The bad news for the Rebels? Everything else.

[247Sports]