A pair of Hoosiers from the offensive side of the ball will not see the field with the team this season.
At Indiana Athletics' On the Road with the Hoosiers event at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Thursday night, Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson announced Camion Patrick is academically ineligible for the 2015 season and Tommy Mister will transfer.
"We went through a process where he needed to have a credit pass, that, quite honestly with our academic schedule and with his enrollment, he was only allowed a four-week window for the summer class," Wilson said at the event. "It was offered over two six-week classes. So we were appealing based on time. Didn't get what we needed... We presented our material today to the NCAA and they denied that."
With Indiana's appeal to the NCAA denied, Patrick will be an academic redshirt this season. This will also be the case with next year's signing class if a player doesn't meet the GPA requirement, Wilson said. The academic redshirt won't prevent that player from practicing with the team.
Patrick, a JUCO wide receiver transfer from East Mississippi Community College, had been practicing with the team over the summer and through most of preseason camp while Wilson awaited his status, and will still be able to even with the academic redshirt. At 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, he drew comparisons to former IU receiver and current Denver Bronco Cody Latimer and was expected to be a major contributor to the receiving corps.
"He was given a chance to do it, but the four weeks and the academic things we needed - we wish could've had him for 12," Wilson said. "Our support people in academics and compliance are awesome, and at the same time I don't disagree with the NCAA's position as well."
Mister, a redshirt freshman running back, entered the 2015 preseason camp battling five other running backs for playing time this fall. In 2014, he suffered a season-ending knee injury during preseason camp which forced him to redshirt last year.
"He leaves in good standing," Wilson said, "and just wanted an opportunity to get out on the field."
Wilson said if Mister transferred to an FCS school, he would be immediately eligible to play this year. However, if he stays in FBS, he'd have to sit out but would have four years of eligibility remaining.
The news was fairly recent, as the team found out his intentions to transfer a couple days ago, Wilson said.
"We wish him well, (and) I wanted him to stay," Wilson said. "But at the same time, with our running back depth he was coming off the knee injury he had a year ago just a little bit behind. But we wish him well."
Other news and notes
Green, a redshirt junior, has been suspended indefinitely since being arrested on preliminary battery charges on April 19. Griffith, a redshirt sophomore, has been practicing with the team in preseason camp.
Watch what Wilson had to say in the embedded media player below: (video courtesy of and recorded by Bloomington (Ind.) Herald-TImes sports reporter and IU basketball columnist Jeremy Price)