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Report: Ole Miss objected to Shea Patterson’s transfer waiver request

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Ole Miss objected to Shea Patterson’s request for a transfer waiver from the NCAA, according to a report.

CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd has been following the story of Patterson’s attempt to be cleared by the NCAA to play immediately at Michigan this fall. Patterson, a former top high school quarterback recruit, announced in December his intent to transfer from Ole Miss to Michigan. He ordinarily would have to sit out a season, but he’s petitioning the NCAA to play now because he says he and others were misled by former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze about the scope of the NCAA investigation against the program. Ole Miss disputes that.

Dodd says Ole Miss had the opportunity to respond to Patterson’s request for a waiver. They could have been supportive, neutral, or opposed to it, and they apparently contested the appeal.

The next step is the NCAA ruling on the case. Some legal experts feel Patterson has a great case to win his request.

The determination regarding Patterson could also impact the future of Wilton Speight. He is considering leaving Michigan for another program as a graduate transfer, but he could stay if Patterson is not cleared.

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