Shea Patterson Reportedly Given Permission to Explore Transfer from Ole Miss

Shea Patterson Reportedly Given Permission to Explore Transfer from Ole Miss

The source told The Spirit the move is meant to allow Patterson to explore options and that does not mean he is committed to leaving Ole Miss.

The NCAA disagreed, and doled out more punishment Friday. The Rebels are appealing that part of the sanctions.

Chris Vaughn: Five years, during which "he must not hold any athletically related duties during this time".

Ole Miss says it hasn't stopped fighting. "But there is more work to be done and that work has already started".

The NCAA Committee on Infractions has extended Ole Miss' postseason ban for another year, among other penalties dealing with the 21 allegations against the football program.

The university's athletic leaders appeared in front of the NCAA committee on infractions in Covington, Kentucky, on September 11-12. Once the appeals committee acknowledges the request, the university has 30 days to file.

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Six football staff members and 12 boosters were involved in the violations, which included providing $37,000 to prospects through cash payments, use of automobiles, lodging, transportation, meals and apparel. The organization noted it was the third time in three decades that the athletic department and boosters were accused of breaking the rules. "Even the head coach acknowledged that upon coming to MS, he was surprised by the "craziness" of boosters trying to insert themselves into his program".

According to, Patterson's release would have restrictions to every SEC school and any Ole Miss regular season opponent the next two years. "We don't make that decision, that is the NCAA that makes that decision on multiple years remaining of eligibility".

Vitter believes the 2018 postseason ban was excessive. "We will vigorously appeal the additional postseason ban". That suspension would go into effect only if Freeze became a head coach again. "I want to thank everyone who stood by me, including my family, my friends, and the University of MS".

Former Rebel head coach Hugh Freeze did not receive a show-cause penalty.

Three years of probation from December 1, 2017, to November 30, 2020. The show-cause is directly related to the NCAA investigation into recruiting violations.

The 2017 season wasn't much better for Patterson, following the abrupt exit of Freeze, Patterson was lost for the season in the LSU game. Bjork said no players have made him aware of their desire to transfer yet. The 41-year-old led the Rebels to a respectable season, including an Egg Bowl win over rival Mississippi State last week. The school said the resignation was not in relation to the NCAA case.

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