Shea Patterson may have played his last game at Ole Miss. That’s becoming an increasingly real possibility at a breakneck speed.
On Saturday, it was reported that Ole Miss would allow the former 5-star quarterback to seek a transfer. Shortly after, it was revealed that the stipulations to the potential transfer were that it could not be to another SEC program and it could not be a team that Ole Miss will play during the next two seasons.
By Saturday afternoon, a couple of early favorites had emerged in what is sure to be a crowded sweepstakes for the talented playmaker.
According to a report from 247Sports’ Tracy Pierson, Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan program and Chip Kelly’s UCLA program are “potential destinations” for the sophomore. Harbaugh had trouble with the position all season in Ann Arbor, and Kelly surely will be looking for a Josh Rosen replacement as he embarks on a new journey as the Bruins coach.
Perhaps more interesting than the emergence of two big names is the revelation that Pierson’s sources also believe that Patterson feels confident he may be able to avoid having to sit out the 2018 season as part of NCAA transfer rules.
The NCAA handed down a second postseason bowl ban to the Ole Miss football program Friday, resulting from a five-year-long investigation. It’s believed that many Rebels players will transfer as a result of the ban, and the NCAA will waive its transfer rule of having to sit out a year.
The rule, however, only applies to seniors-to-be and Patterson is currently a sophomore. Sources close to the situation are indicating that Patterson intends to transfer regardless and the Patterson family feels they’d have a good chance at winning an appeal to the NCAA and gaining immediate eligibility.
If Patterson does end up leaving Oxford, he will do so with 3,139 yards passing and 23 touchdown passes through two seasons.