Shea Patterson's attorney goes on the offensive, challenges objection of waiver request by Ole Miss
It appears Shea Patterson’s attorney does not appreciate the fact that the waiver request of the former Ole Miss quarterback continues to drag on. Following the news of Ole Miss formally objecting to Patterson’s waiver to play immediately for Michigan, attorney Thomas Mars appears to have gone on the offensive.
While Ole Miss has no say in the final results of the waiver request, it’s objection suggests the school does not believe the accusations brought forth by Mars’ clients hold merit — despite the fact the school has issued sanctions on itself and received further punishment from the NCAA.
At the heart of the issue is Patterson’s claim, as well as several former Ole Miss players that have all left the program this offseason, that the Rebel football program misled them regarding the severity of the NCAA’s investigation into the program during their recruiting process. These actions are alleged to have taken place under former head coach Hugh Freeze, not under Matt Luke’s leadership.
Here is a comment attributed to Mars via Angelique S. Chengelis of the Detriot News:
“If I didn’t know better, I would have thought Ole Miss hired Pinocchio to write its response to Michigan’s waiver request.”
And here’s an even more scathing comment from Mars via Dan Wolken of USA TODAY:
“There’s no reason to put lipstick on this pig. I’m convinced that ‘doing the right thing’ never even crossed anyone’s mind in Oxford when the decision-makers at Ole Miss were deciding what to say to the NCAA about Michigan’s request to allow Shea to be under center next season. The only reason Ole Miss is trying to stop Shea from being able to compete this fall is pure spite.”
There is no timetable for the NCAA to decide the eligibility of Patterson or his former Ole Miss teammates, which include receiver Van Jefferson who now plays for Florida.