Shea Patterson was the first former Ole Miss player to be granted immediate eligibility for the coming season. And now it seems that a number of the other Ole Miss players who have transferred also have been granted the right to play immediately this fall.
According to USA Today‘s Dan Wolken, safety Deontay Anderson, wide receiver Tre Nixon, offensive lineman Jack DeFoor and running back Jarrion Street are eligible to play this fall. Rivals’ Sean Callahan reports that linebacker Breon Dixon also has been ruled eligible.
Anderson sat out the 2017 season and took it as a redshirt season.
Anderson transferred to Houston, Nixon to Central Florida, DeFoor to Georgia Tech, Street to UAB and Dixon to Nebraska. Patterson transferred to Michigan, where it seems that he will be in the running to be the starting quarterback.
However, there has been no decision on wide receiver Van Jefferson, who transferred to Florida. According to attorney Thomas Mars, Florida had not yet submitted a waiver for Jefferson. Last season, Jefferson caught 42 passes for 456 yards for the Rebels. On Tuesday, Florida coach Dan Mullen also stated that Florida had not yet submitted a waiver for Jefferson.
It’s good to see that the players weren’t punished for what happened behind the scenes at Ole Miss during the end of the tenure of coach Hugh Freeze. Freeze was replaced last summer on an interim basis by Matt Luke, who was then given the full-time job after going 6-6 in 2017.
The players sought to transfer and play immediately for their new schools on the grounds that they were misled about the seriousness of NCAA violations committed by Ole Miss.
Because of NCAA penalties, Ole Miss cannot play in a bowl game this season. The Rebels also were not eligible for a bowl game last season, but that was because of a self-imposed penalty. The school is also facing a scholarship reduction and a probationary period.
The Rebels open the season against Texas Tech on Sept. 1 in Houston.