Florida remains hopeful that wide receiver Van Jefferson will be ruled eligible for the 2018 season following his offseason transfer from Ole Miss.
But whenever asked, Gators coach Dan Mullen has remained coy about where that process stands.
A report Monday from USA Today’s Dan Wolken sheds some more insight on Florida’s approach with the matter.
Wolken reports that Florida and Texas A&M have co-sponsored a proposal to be voted on at the SEC spring meetings next week that would lift the conference’s restrictions on athletes who wish to transfer from one SEC school to another if the original program receives a postseason ban, which is the case with Ole Miss.
Jefferson would still need to have his eligibility cleared by the NCAA once that official petition is filed by Florida, if it hasn’t been already, but if successfully passed, this SEC proposal would remove any obstacle at the conference level.
The Ole Miss football program received a two-year postseason ban from 2017-18 for violations committed under former coach Hugh Freeze, who resigned last August.
Ole Miss players entering their final year of eligibility were permitted to transfer without penalty, while other former Rebels underclassmen who transferred out after the 2017 season, including quarterback Shea Patterson at Michigan, have been granted their immediate eligibility, waiving the rule that an athlete must sit out a year following a transfer within the FBS ranks.
Jefferson, who would be a redshirt junior this fall, looked like one of Florida’s best wide receivers during spring practice.
He totaled 91 catches for 999 yards and 4 touchdowns over two seasons at Ole Miss. His 42 catches for 456 yards last season are more than any other receiver on Florida’s current roster.
Florida is also hoping to get a separate eligibility waiver for fellow wide receiver Trevon Grimes, who transferred from Ohio State to be closer to his family in Florida due to a personal matter.