QB Shea Patterson, other Ole Miss transfers at standstill awaiting eligibility ruling

Shea Patterson's transfer request to become eligible immediately at Michigan is at "standstill," his lawyer tells CBS Sports.

The quarterback and five other former Ole Miss teammates requested transfer waivers after Ole Miss was hit with NCAA sanctions on Dec. 1, 2017.

Over three months later, the NCAA, Ole Miss and Michigan are still in process of determining whether those players sit out the typical year in residence for transfers or receive a waiver to be eligible immediately for the 2018 season.

The players' appeals contend they were misled by former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze about the scope of the NCAA investigation.

Michigan is among the schools anxious for resolution. The Wolverines begin spring practice March 23. It's no secret Jim Harbaugh would love for Patterson, a difference-making quarterback, to be available immediately.

On Feb. 26, Mars said the NCAA received what is being referred to as the full application package from Michigan regarding Patterson's waive request. However, until Ole Miss officially receives the same package from the NCAA, a 10-day waiting period for Ole Miss to review the request doesn't even begin.

Complicating matters, Ole Miss actually received that package as a courtesy from Michigan. Because it didn't officially come from the NCAA, the 10-day clock did not start ticking.

"So, from a technical rules perspective, despite having all the information for the past two weeks, Old Miss could continue to keep its position on the Shea Patterson waiver request to itself for at least another two weeks," Mars said.

"In the meantime, as everyone knows, the process is at a standstill."

Once Ole Miss officially receives the package from the NCAA, it has 10 business days to respond. It can make a favorable response, a negative response or no response. The NCAA would then rule at some point after. 

Last month, CBS Sports reported details of those waiver requests. The players produced smartphone and text interactions that seem to support their claims that Freeze misled them.

Mars is representing all six players. Ole Miss and Michigan officials didn't immediately return request for comment.

"For reasons that aren't entirely clear to me, I learned [Sunday] that the NCAA had not yet sent a duplicate copy of the waiver application package to Ole Miss," Mars said.

Mars represented former Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt in his breach of contract suit against the program. The parties eventually settled.

Freeze resigned in July after it was discovered he had called an escort service.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Dennis Dodd has covered college football for CBS Sports since it was CBS SportsLine in 1998. He is one of only seven media members to attend all 16 BCS title games and has chronicled conference realignment... Full Bio

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