BLOG — Jeremy Liggins’ homecoming is all but complete. The former Lafayette High standout at quarterback got a great piece of news Tuesday night when he was granted an appeal by the Southeastern Conference to gain immediate eligibility at Ole Miss.
The former two-time EAGLE Player of the Year spent the past season at Northeast Mississippi Community College, trying to re-start his football career after not meeting freshman academic requirements at LSU in the summer of 2012. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound Liggins had been a verbal pledge for the Rebels for most of 2013. He ultimately signed with Rebels last month.
Liggins has been waiting word on his appeal, to see if he could go through spring drills, and begin school from an academic standpoint. An appeal was needed to bypass SEC Bylaw 18.104.22.168 which states that a transfer is not eligible for financial aid, practice or competition until he meets the following:
Once Liggins failed to gain eligibility at LSU, he enrolled at Gulf Coast and took summer classes. He then left MGCC, before the 2012 football season started, in the attempt to gain entrance at Ole Miss for the spring of 2013. That attempt also failed, and Liggins enrolled at NECC where he remained until this past December.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze hasn’t said publicly where Liggins will end up playing, but it will more than likely be on offense, as a Wildcat quarterback or even as a tight end. Regardless of where he starts his career or ends up playing, Liggins’ journey to become a Rebel only lacked him being officially enrolled and in classes as of this morning.
(January 22, 2014)