Powe’s future in Slive’s hands

OXFORD — Ole Miss doesn’t know if defensive tackle Jerrell Powe will be ruled academically eligible to play football this season, but a rule change during the Southeastern Conference summer meetings could help his cause.
Ole Miss athletic director Pete Boone said the SEC has relaxed initial eligibility requirements for non-qualifiers out of high school and has given SEC commissioner Mike Slive more power to rule in non-qualifier cases.

“Basically, the SEC’s initial eligibility rules will generally mirror the NCAA’s, which allow some non-qualifiers to attend school and try to get their grades up before competing,” Boone said. “The one caveat is that any non-qualifier still has to be approved by the (SEC) commissioner.”