Ole Miss to potential suitors: Contact Shea Patterson and you're breaking NCAA rules
The Ole Miss Rebels received some hefty penalties from the NCAA on Friday, including an addition to their self-imposed bowl ban that will extend through 2018.
However, during a press conference on Friday afternoon, the Rebels, led by chancellor Jeffrey Vitter and AD Ross Bjork, vowed to appeal the extra sanctions.
Because of the extended bowl ban, rising seniors can now transfer to new schools without having to sit out a year. But, Bjork made it very clear that rising juniors and younger players, like star QB Shea Patterson, may not be contacted by other teams:
Bjork: "Schools can contact rising seniors (about transfers) and they must notify us. If they contact anyone else, it is an NCAA violation."
— DM Sports (@thedm_sports) December 1, 2017
That means Patterson, star WR A.J. Brown and other younger players are off-limits to teams trying to poach talent from Ole Miss.
They can still transfer, of course, but would be subject to NCAA transfer rules and would have to sit out for a year.
This news is good for the Rebels, but it’s likely that there are several other teams that aren’t so happy with that part of the NCAA’s ruling.