BY PARRISH ALFORD
OXFORD - The new Brent Schaeffer target date is Aug. 3.
Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron had hoped the quarterback he has already named the 2006 starter would be on campus today for the beginning of the second summer term.
"Brent will not be here for the second session," Orgeron said. "He has some course work to finish right now. I expect him to arrive at the report date."
All players are to report for the beginning of practice on Thursday, Aug. 3.
Chandra Schaeffer said her son has six hours of course work to complete to gain eligibility. He is at home in Deerfield Beach, Fla., completing courses online.
Wednesday, an official in the admissions office at College of the Sequoias, where Schaeffer played last fall, said the player is enrolled for the summer school session, contradicting earlier reports that said he had graduated.
The COS summer school session ends Aug. 3.
Chandra Schaeffer said her son could be at Ole Miss by the end of July.
Orgeron said cutting the timing so close with Schaeffer's eligibility hasn't made him nervous.
"No, not at all. I fully expect him to make it," the coach said.
In the event those expectations are not met, Orgeron will turn over his offense to walk-on quarterback Seth Adams, who won the race to be Schaeffer's backup in spring drills.
Adams, a Holly Springs native, arrived in January after playing last season at Hinds Community College.
Orgeron would not confirm that Schaeffer is only six credit hours away from eligibility but said there are no further obstacles in his path to Ole Miss.
"It's just the course work. He has to get the course work done," Orgeron said.
Schaeffer played as a true freshman in 2004 at Tennessee, where he was sharing the snaps with Erik Ainge before a season-ending injury.
He transferred to COS in northern California and threw for 2,975 yards and 40 touchdowns with only six interceptions last year. He also rushed for 854 yards and 12 touchdowns while leading the Giants to an 8-3 record.
Schaeffer eventually chose Ole Miss over North Carolina State and Wisconsin.
Ole Miss offensive coordinator Dan Werner has maintained contact with Schaeffer regarding the playbook he's been studying, but the subject of football has drifted into the background.
"They talk once in a while, but the priority is on academics," Orgeron said.