As Shea Patterson was waiting to learn whether he would be eligible to play for the Michigan football program immediately, he made no secrets about his feelings towards Ole Miss. Patterson transferred from the Rebels after Hugh Freeze was fired and sanctions were looming over the program, and he felt like he was lied to when he was on the roster and on campus.
But while it was an unfortunate situation for the signal-caller, Patterson learned some lessons that he will not take for granted.
The entire situation opened Patterson’s eyes up to a different aspect of the sport; the business side.
“Some things were left unsaid (about the NCAA investigation) that we didn’t know about,” Patterson told Edward Aschoff of ESPN. “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 it’s a business, and there’s nothing wrong with 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.”
Now, Patterson is looking to be the man at Michigan, where the former five-star recruit could help the Wolverines compete for a Big Ten Championship and perhaps a national title.
Michigan opens its 2018 campaign on Sept. 1 with a marquee matchup against Notre Dame.