Shea Patterson’s lawyer, Thomas Mars, has come out hard against Ole Miss.
On Monday, a report from CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd surfaced that revealed the former Rebels quarterback’s waiver appeal was objected by Ole Miss. Patterson, who threw for 3,139 yards and 23 touchdowns with the Rebels during the 2016 and 2017 seasons, officially transferred to Michigan in December shortly after the NCAA handed down sanctions related to its investigation of Ole Miss’ off-field problems stemming from the Hugh Freeze era.
Not surprisingly, Mars is frustrated with Ole Miss’ treatment of Patterson, who is seeking to play in Ann Arbor in the fall. On Tuesday, Mars was quoted as saying in a piece by USA Today’s Dan Wolken that Ole Miss trying to keep Patterson from appearing on the field for the Wolverines in 2018 “is pure spite.”
“I’m convinced that ‘doing the right thing’ never even crossed anyone’s mind in Oxford when the decision-makers at Ole Miss were deciding what to say to the NCAA about Michigan’s request to allow Shea to be under center next season,” Mars told Wolken. “The only reason Ole Miss is trying to stop Shea from being able to compete this fall is pure spite.”
That’s a strong statement from Mars, but you’d expect such a stance from him. He aggressively pursued Ole Miss while representing former Rebels coach Houston Nutt during the Freeze episode last summer.
We’ll see what comes of Patterson at Michigan this year, but it would seem odd to see the quarterback sit out the entire 2018 season. If Mars has his way, you can bet that won’t be the case.