Jim Harbaugh has no news on Shea Patterson eligibility

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Shea Patterson

Ann Arbor – Shea Patterson, a quarterback transfer from Ole Miss, is officially part of the fold at Michigan, but it remains unclear if the NCAA will waive the transfer rule and allow him to be immediately eligible to play this fall.

Michigan must submit paperwork to the NCAA and will try to prove he was misled during his recruitment by former Ole Miss coach Huge Freeze about an NCAA investigation and how that might affect the program. Ole Miss had a self-imposed bowl ban this past season and the NCAA added a bowl ban for this year.

Coach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday he has no news on Patterson’s status.

“I don’t have any update on the calendar,” he said.

Warinner contract

Ed Warinner joined Michigan’s staff from Minnesota, where he was offensive line coach and run-game coordinator. He will be a senior offensive analyst for Harbaugh.

“Ed Warinner has been fantastic,” Harbaugh said. “Feel great about Ed. Didn’t know Ed before, feel like we’re becoming best friends.

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“As good a coach as he is, I plan on this being a long and trusting friendship with Ed Warinner and the Michigan football program. I’ve been very, very, very impressed with Ed.”

Warinner signed a two-year deal worth $250,000 annually with Michigan on Jan. 19, according to his contract, obtained by The Detroit News on Wednesday through a Freedom of Information Act request. According to the deal, he will earn a monthly rate of $20,833.33 and can earn supplemental pay from Michigan’s summer football camps.

As an analyst, Warinner, who spent five seasons as offensive coordinator at Ohio State, can’t be hands-on coaching athletes, nor can he recruit off-campus.

Off to Paris

Harbaugh announced last summer he intends to take his team overseas during spring practice for a second straight year, to Paris and Normandy, and he confirmed Wednesday the trip is still happening.

“We’re closing in on a date,” Harbaugh said. “After finals are over, somewhere around the 26th of April.”

Michigan went to Rome last spring and held three practices, in addition to sightseeing and participating in a Papal audience at the Vatican, along with other activities. About three dozen players then took part in three-week study-abroad programs.

The trip to Rome was paid for by a Michigan donor who chose to remain anonymous.

The Wolverines begin spring practice March 22.