Among the information that will be used to help sway the NCAA to waive the transfer rules for Ole Miss transfers, including quarterback Shea Patterson, who is now at Michigan, are copies of text and direct messages, according to a CBS Sports report Thursday.
Six former Ole Miss players are hoping for immediate eligibility since leaving the program, which was slapped with heavy NCAA penalties. The players' attorney, Thomas Mars, indicated in the report there is substantial proof former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze misled the players when they were recruits.
Each school to which the players transferred must supply the NCAA with information to be considered to waive the transfer rule. Mars said an outcome likely will not come until late March or early April. The former Ole Miss players provided Mars with some text and direct message interactions with Freeze. Along with Patterson, Mars is representing Tre Nixon, Deontay Anderson, Jarrion Street, Jack DeFoor and Van Jefferson.
In one message exchange provided to CBS Sports, Patterson told his future teammate, Nixon, on Jan. 29, 2016: "… don't listen to any of that crap. (The violations) happened before freeze was even here. The worst thing that can happen will be we lose one or two scholarships for next year. Nothing serious …"
Ole Miss was given a two-year bowl ban by the NCAA.