Ole Miss Defense Hears from NCAA

Apparently 35 pounds of paperwork wasn't enough to declare former Wayne County defensive tackle Jerrell Powe eligible for the 2007 college football season.

The NCAA is now requesting more information from Powe's attorney, pushing back a decision on his eligibility yet again.

Don Jackson says the questions from the clearinghouse are minor and should be answered by Thursday.

A statement from the NCAA says that if everything is received before Monday, a decision will be announced in time for the Rebels season opener against Memphis on September 1st.

Until that time, Powe will be allowed to continue working out with the team although his 14-day practice provision expired this afternoon.

The eligibility issues surrounding former South Panola standout Chris Strong didn't seem to bee quite as complicated.

Mississippi's reigning Mr. Football will be allowed to play for Ole Miss this season after being declared academically eligible by the NCAA.

Despite the uncertainty surround the linebacker, Strong, like Powe, has been practicing with the Rebels' first team defense for the past two weeks.

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