Wednesday, August 08, 2007

It Keeps Coming

Below is the story the Clarion Ledger has posted on their website concerning today's events. It was just updated tonight. Looks like he could practice tomorrow.

(C-L)OXFORD — Jerrell Powe could be on Ole Miss’ football practice field as early as Thursday, according to his attorney.
Don Jackson said the former Wayne County High defensive tackle applied for admission at Ole Miss today and has signed scholarship papers with the school. The university won’t receive the scholarship papers until tomorrow morning and Powe must first be admitted to the school before he can join the Rebels, but Jackson said he’s confident it will happen.“He’s relieved about it,” Jackson said. “This will be his first time putting on an Ole Miss helmet. That’s a long time coming.”The news came one day after Jackson said Powe’s nearly three-year relationship with Ole Miss was nearing an end because he was working on signing scholarship papers with the University of Miami.However, Jackson said the lines of communication with Ole Miss were opened — with the help of unnamed intermediaries — and the two sides came to an agreement. Jackson said he received a letter from athletic director Pete Boone that indicated the school was completely behind Powe in his efforts to become academically eligible, would support him and intended to sign him to a scholarship.Under NCAA rules, Ole Miss can not comment about Powe because until it has not received scholarship papers from him.Getting admitted to school and onto the practice field will be a big step for Powe, who is 6-foot-3 and weighs 330 pounds. But it doesn’t mean he’ll be eligible to play.Powe still must be ruled academically eligible by the NCAA, which recently presented Jackson with a 27-item list of required information it must have in hand before it will make a ruling on his case. Jackson said he is still in the process of gathering information for the NCAA’s review.Powe will be permitted as many as 14 days to practice while he waits for the NCAA’s ruling.“Now the next step is working with the (Ole Miss) compliance staff to try to get admission in the NCAA and try to move forward,” Jackson said. “But I’m very optimistic about him being cleared.”