It's Christmas in April for Jim Harbaugh and Michigan
As long awaited, the school confirmed that the NCAA has approved a waiver for quarterback Shea Patterson the Ole Miss Transfer to be due for the 2018 season instead of sitting out a year.
"The NCAA Division I Council recently approved a change to transfer waiver policies for student-athletes looking for immediate eligibility for a transfer," Michigan said in a publication. "This change came into force on April 18 to transfer student athletes seeking immediate eligibility for the 2018-19 academic year."
"Following the announcement of this change, the University of Mississippi immediately turned to the university From Michigan Discuss how these new standards could impact the University of Mississippi's support when it comes to a transfer student athlete's desire to compete immediately at the University of Michigan. The University of Mississippi and the University of Michigan have collaborated with national NCAA office workers over the last few days to focus on the best interests of the student-athlete to submit a new waiver. This new application was submitted this week by the University of Michigan and supported by both schools. The University of Michigan has withdrawn its earlier disclaimer and all related materials in favor of this new collaborative approach, based on facts agreed by all parties. The exemption has now been approved by the NCAA, and thus football student Shea Patterson is eligible to compete in the 2018-1919 school year.
"Both schools are ready to move forward and appreciating the support of NCAA staffs brings this issue to a solution. While the process was sometimes complex, the solution was simple – two flagship universities and the NCAA staff worked together with a focus on the well-being of students and athletes. "
Patterson, who has become familiar with running, plays with The team in spring training in recent weeks, suffered a knee injury as a sophomore sophomore in Oxford, but solid numbers over two seasons at Ole Miss – throw for over 3,000 yards with 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The news should put him in the series as a starter of the team when opening with Notre Dame this season via fellow campaigners Brandon Peters, Dylan McCaffrey and early-enrolled Joe Milton .
This in turn should further reinforce the belief that the Wolverines could be a contender for the Big Ten title and make an elusive trip to the College Football playoff. The former five-star certainly showed lightning as a true freshman for the rebels and if nothing else solidifies a point, the team has struggled for much consistency with the position.
Noteworthy in the JOIN publication was also the collaboration of Ole Miss in The Reason. The school was once seen as a kind of "transfer process" and as part of an ugly back-and-forth with Patterson and his lawyer, but it seems everyone is leaving the past behind and moving forward.