Jerrell Powe, the highly-touted DL signee for Ole Miss, was ruled ineligible last Saturday to receive scholarship aid or play football at Ole Miss this season. That ruling came from the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse, an Iowa-based firm that certifies the eligibility of all NCAA freshmen athletes and the NCAA Review Committee.
An interesting part of the ruling from the court injunction stated:
"It is further ordered and adjudged that upon hand delivery of this Order to the Office of the Registrar of the University of Mississippi, Minor Plaintiff Jerrel Q. Powe shall be admitted to the University of Mississippi from the date of this Order and shall be allowed to participate in all programs at the University of Mississippi including all classes, athletic practices, and all sports, including the sport of football. It is further ordered that Minor Plaintiff Jerrell Q. Powe is to receive the financial aid that he would have received had the NCAA Defendants not declared him academically ineligible."
Jerrell is supposed to meet with Coach Orgeron this afternoon to determine what his athletic options are.
In another interesting twist, we have learned that Ole Miss filed an appeal on behalf of Jerrell Powe.
The University of Mississippi's compliance office and athletic department filed an appeal with the NCAA earlier this week to reconsider the verdict that the NCAA handed down last Saturday, which deemed Powe ineligible.
expectations for a positive answer to the appeal to the NCAA are not high, but their answer is expected by tomorrow morning, we were told. The appeal went before a different NCAA review committee, so the hope is that they will "see things differently" than the original review committee that denied Jerrell.
At this point in this sudden turn of events, some things are still cloudy but we hope we can get some clarification in the next 24 hours on the many questions being posed by Rebel fans.