Wednesday, August 19, 2009

FSU Questioned Balogun's Eligibility

Comments made during telecast raised questions: In the first half of the BCS National Championship game, Mike Balogun corralled Florida running back Chris Rainey for a 3-yard loss. Had Balogun not made that tackle, his eligibility at Oklahoma may have never come under investigation by the NCAA. Court documents obtained by The Oklahoman from Balogun's lawsuit against the NCAA allege that comments made by TV announcers during the national-title telecast about Balogun being age 25 and playing semi-pro ball before coming to OU sparked the NCAA's inquiry into his past. Balogun filed a civil lawsuit against the NCAA on Tuesday and was granted a temporary restraining order against the governing body by a Cleveland County Court judge. According to court records, the day after watching the title game and hearing what the announcers had said about Balogun, officials from Florida State's compliance department contacted the Big 12 Conference and suggested league officials investigate Balogun's eligibility. After a follow-up, the Big 12 was satisfied with the information provided by OU's compliance department. (More at The Oklahoman)

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