Ole Miss DB Deontay Anderson reportedly no longer wants to be a part of the Ole Miss football program.
Per a report from USA Today’s Dan Wolken, the talented safety is seeking an immediate and full transfer release from the program on the grounds of allegedly being misled about the NCAA investigation into the Rebels football program. He is reportedly seeking the ability to be eligible to play next season after voluntarily sitting out this season.
Wolken reports that Anderson’s attorney has laid the groundwork for a claim that Anderson should be eligible to play without sitting out a season, and perhaps at a competing SEC program:
The grounds for his request are notable because Anderson, via his attorney Tom Mars, said he was recruited to Ole Miss under false pretenses and that both former coach Hugh Freeze and athletic director Ross Bjork misrepresented the status of the school’s NCAA infractions case when he signed in February 2016.
If that attorney’s name sounds familiar, that’s because it is the same one who represented former Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt during his very public legal battle with the university over clearing his name from association with alleged NCAA violations that he did not commit. Ultimately, the matter was settled.
Inside Wolken’s report, Mars claims that had Anderson known all the details that came out during the Nutt legal proceedings that he would not have signed to play for the Rebels.
“There’s no doubt about that in my mind,” said Mars, via Wolken’s report. “Like many other parents, I’m sure, Deontay’s parents made sure they were as fully informed as they could possibly be. They’d come too far to turn this decision over to their son so they were part of the process.”
If Anderson is not granted a waiver by the NCAA, he may be forced to sit out the 2018 season. That would leave him with just two years of eligibility remaining after participating in the 2016 season for the Rebels.