Former Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson will not sue the NCAA for immediate eligibility following his transfer to Michigan, his attorney told CBS Sports on Monday.
Patterson is represented by Tomas Mars, who was also Houston Nutt’s attorney in his defamation case against Ole Miss.
“I’ve never even had a private thought about suing the NCAA and have never said or suggested that to anyone,” Mars told CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd. “I have no idea who makes up this garbage.”
Patterson may have to sit out a year because of NCAA transfer rules, but there is a chance he could become immediately eligible if he’s able to prove he was given misleading advice by former coach Hugh Freeze during his recruitment.
Mars will be handling Patterson’s waiver request to the NCAA and told Dodd he hopes it will be approved “as soon as possible.”
“I’m not aware of any rational, legitimate reason for Ole Miss to oppose any of the requests for immediate eligibility,” Mars said.
Ole Miss is currently appealing a punishment that includes a loss of scholarships and a bowl ban for the 2018 season after a lengthy investigation by the NCAA into the program.
Patterson was effective for Ole Miss this season before suffering a season-ending knee injury on Oct. 21. He threw for 2,259 yards, 17 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.