Friday, August 14, 2009

NCAA Investigates Linebacker's Eligibility

OU Linebacker Mike Balogun's eligibility called into question: As a result of information provided by the University of Oklahoma, the NCAA has decertified the eligibility of OU linebacker Mike Balogun pending further review. The senior is eligible to continue in practice through Wed., Aug. 19, but may be sidelined after that time. The matter that is being reviewed is Balogun's participation in the North American Football League, a semi-professional league, and whether he participated in any games after the age of 21. Any participation during each 12-month period after his 21st birthday would result in a corresponding loss of a season of collegiate eligibility. The NCAA is responsible for the certification of amateur status for all student-athletes. As part of that process, the NCAA was aware of Balogun's participation in the league prior to the 2008 season. The NCAA interviewed Balogun, reviewed information, then certified him on May 28, 2008. OU's compliance office subsequently confirmed the NCAA's information and certification. More information came to light after the 2008 season and OU again reviewed the matter and shared its information with the NCAA. "I don't know how we could have done more than we have in this matter, and we've had a good working relationship with the NCAA on Mike's case all along," said OU Head Coach Bob Stoops. "We're still hopeful that Mike will be eligible for this season, but we'll have to see what happens over the coming days." (

OU linebacker Mike Balogun's eligibility in question: The Oklahoman
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