The big news out of Oxford on Saturday is that star Ole Miss QB Shea Patterson was granted permission to seek a transfer to a new school.
That’s a huge blow for the Rebels, who were recently punished by the NCAA for several recruiting violations.
However, if Patterson wants to leave, he’ll have to choose his next location carefully, as Ole Miss has put some restrictions on his potential transfer:
Shea Patterson's release comes with stipulations: No SEC schools or teams on Ole Miss' schedule in next 2 years. #LSU is out
— Jimmy D Smith (@JimmyDetail) December 2, 2017
So, if you’re keeping track, that means Florida and LSU (and every other SEC team) is out, as are non-conference foes like Texas Tech, Cal and Memphis.
It’s worth noting that those restrictions don’t prevent him from transferring to another SEC school, but he wouldn’t be able to go on scholarship with that school right away:
Restrictions can’t block a transfer but it can keep a player from going on scholarship the first year. https://t.co/40zPuPzctn
— Chase Parham (@RivalsChase) December 2, 2017
Two schools that have been linked to Patterson as a potential landing spot are Michigan and UCLA, both of which he’s eligible to transfer to, per his release terms.
At the moment, it appears Patterson will have to sit out a year if he transfers, but he could still receive an NCAA waiver to play immediately, though that is no sure thing.
It’s not 100-percent certain that the star quarterback will leave Oxford, but if he does, he still has some intriguing options available to him.