Oklahoma linebacker Mike Balogun will try to settle his eligibility issues out of court

Published on August 26, 2009 by     

sp-bcs_champions_0499636735Oklahoma linebacker Mike Balogun will try to settle his eligibility issues out of court.

A Cleveland County judge had been set to hear arguments Monday on whether to extend an injunction and allow Balogun to play for the No. 3 Sooners, but NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said the hearing “was postponed to allow for the existing eligibility certification process to be completed by the NCAA Eligibility Center.”

The NCAA decertified Balogun’s eligibility earlier this month, and the senior middle linebacker subsequently filed a lawsuit against the NCAA.

Even if a judge had ruled that Balogun could play this season, that still wouldn’t have settled the issue. If Balogun eventually lost his lawsuit, Oklahoma may have had to forfeit any games that he played.

Sooners coach Bob Stoops said after practice Monday that he wasn’t involved in the process, but expressed hope that Balogun and the NCAA could “just work through it.”

Balogun’s status is particularly crucial for the Sooners after they lost reserve middle linebacker Tom Wort to a knee injury last week. If Balogun can’t play, Oklahoma may have to do some shuffling behind starter Ryan Reynolds, who has suffered three knee injuries in his college career.

At issue is whether Balogun played for a semipro football team after he turned 21 years old. If he did, he stands to lose one year of college eligibility for each corresponding year that he played semipro ball.

Balogun contends in his lawsuit that he played for the Maryland Marauders of the North American Football League from June 2003 until August 2004 – prior to his 21st birthday. He also claims that he paid for all of his own expenses.

The lawsuit includes an affidavit from former Maryland Marauders owner Gary Rice stating that Balogun only played for the team in 2003 and 2004. Glass filed three additional affidavits Friday from other semipro football officials who were either unfamiliar with Balogun or unaware of his participation beyond age 21. The court made the affidavits available Monday.

Balogun’s attorney, Woody Glass, did not return telephone calls to his office Monday.

Glass told The Oklahoman newspaper he hopes the NCAA will make a ruling before the Sooners’ season opener Sept. 5 against No. 20 BYU at the Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium in Arlington, Texas. However, Osburn said that although the NCAA had been in touch with Glass, it had no timeframe for its decision.

© 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

via News from The Associated Press.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

140527thomas600

Tuesday in Hawkville: Earl Thomas as punt returner?

All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas has been lobbying Pete Carroll to get his hands on the ball. It ...
140526-harvin-600

What’s next? OTA sessions begin Tuesday for Seahawks

A Memorial Day edition of Monday metatarsal musings: For the first time since before their Super Bowl victory, ...
052314-nfl-Garrett-Scott-pi-mp.vadapt.955.medium.75

Seahawks waive sixth-round pick Scott after tackle fails physical

The Seahawks waived tackle Garrett Scott today after the sixth-round pick failed his physical because of a rare ...
NFL.com   Official Site of the National Football League

President Obama jokes with, lauds Seahawks

The Seahawks visited the White House today and met with President Barack Obama in the East Room. It ...
bI9wJ.AuSt.5

Rookie receivers shine at Seahawks minicamp

Hoping to come out of the recent NFL draft with a receiver who could provide the offense with ...
140517marsh660

Cassius Marsh has found his football Nirvana

He has gone through life bearing the given first name of Muhammad Ali, but the knockout moment of ...
140515-price-600

Keith Price optimistic about his latest opportunity

When the Seahawks kickoff their three-day rookie minicamp Friday, former University of Washington quarterback Keith Price will get ...
tempcst_K2V8670--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Seahawks Receivers room is packed full

It’s getting crowded on the sidewalk. After fighting off the label of being a “pedestrian” group last season, the ...

Shop for Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII Champs Merchandise at NFLShop.com

Shop for Conference Champs and Super Bowl XLVIII Match Up Merchandise at NFLShop.com

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz