Ole Miss Lifts Transfer Restrictions on Six Players

The Ole Miss athletics department, led by AD Ross Bjork, has given several football players permission to contact other universities for possible transfers. Photo by Joshua McCoy / Ole Miss Athletics.

Ole Miss has lifted transfer restrictions on the six players that have asked for permission to contact other universities.

The six non-rising senior players looking to leave the Ole Miss program are Shea Patterson, Deontay Anderson, Jalen Julius, Tre Nixon, Jarrion Street, and Van Jefferson.

Anderson was initially the only player who received a full release, but later in the day Ole Miss took away the restrictions on the five other players. Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports reported that the parents of Jarrion Street and Van Jefferson were not happy with transfer restrictions that Ole Miss had previously imposed.

On Tuesday, Jim Harbaugh arrived in Oxford and reportedly met with Patterson and Anderson prior to their official visit to Ann Arbor this weekend.

Since the NCAA ruling was handed down on Friday, only seniors were able to transfer without having to sit out a year and lose some eligibility.

DeMarcus Lodge has said he is staying his senior year and will play for the Rebels. A.J. Brown has said he will stay at Ole Miss, too.

Ole Miss’ athletic department put out a statement Tuesday about the transfer restrictions.

“As far as the limitations initially placed on the permission to contact, the restrictions are common,” the statement said. “Until we were notified [Tuesday] morning, none of the student-athletes had communicated they were unhappy with those restrictions. Frankly, if they had any objections and a legitimate reason to seek transfer to one of the limited schools, we would ordinarily work through those issues with the student-athlete and his family. The student-athlete’s best interest is always the priority. Coach [Matt] Luke and [athletic director] Ross Bjork discussed the matter this morning. To be consistent, they are removing any restrictions on their permission to contact for all those who have requested permission. Our compliance office has reached out to the student-athletes to let them know.”

Adam Brown is the sports editor of HottyToddy.com

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