Michigan Wolverines quarterback Shea Patterson says that he decided to leave Ole Miss becuase he was misled by school officials and the coaching staff regarding NCAA violations with the program.
Patterson, who transferred to Michigan from Ole Miss in December, states that he was “told for so long that there was no way” Ole Miss would receive a bowl ban for the 2018 season after the school imposed its postseason ban for the 2017 season.
“We had put together a really, really good group in the 2016 class and did everything we needed to do, and [Ole Miss] didn’t do everything they needed to do,” Patterson said, according to ESPN.
“Some things were left unsaid [about the NCAA investigation] that we didn’t know about. They didn’t think we were going to get the two-year bowl ban. At the end of the day, I wanted to do what was best for me and my career.
“I’ve learned that this is a business, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”
The NCAA levied a postseason ban, scholarship reductions, and suspended former head coach Hugh Freeze, as part of their penalties to Ole Miss.
“It was tough [to leave Ole Miss],” Patterson said. “Once it came out that I was transferring, there were a lot of other people’s sides of things, and it’s tough waking up every day for those four months that everything was going on, not knowing if I was going to play football, the one thing I love doing. A lot of stress was relieved and taken off my shoulders a few weeks ago, so I’m happy to have that.
“I can deal with having a chance of not getting [to a national championship], but not having a chance at all, I can’t deal with that. I put myself in the best situation to succeed and have a better college career.”
“I love Coach Freeze, but I just wish things had gone differently,” Patterson said. “That ultimately affected us as a team. We could only keep it together so much.”