Judge Rules In Favor Of Andy Oliver

A judge in Ohio has reinstated the eligibility of a baseball player at Oklahoma State University who sued the NCAA for finding him ineligible to compete, the Associated Press reported today.

Andrew Oliver, a junior at Oklahoma State and a native of Ohio, sued the NCAA last year after the association revoked his eligibility. The NCAA alleged that Oliver, a standout left-handed pitcher for the Cowboys, had violated rules that bar college baseball players from hiring advisers who can communicate with professional clubs.

But Judge Tygh Tone, of the Erie County Court of Common Pleas, sided with Oliver, ruling that his eligibility be reinstated immediately and that he be allowed to compete for Oklahoma State's baseball team.

A spokesman for the NCAA said the association was "disappointed" by the court ruling and planned to appeal.

Analysis: There is no word yet from Oklahoma State, Cowboy head coach Frank Anderson or the OSU athletic department compliance office. Oklahomas State is between a rock and a hard place here. They must reinstate Oliver in order to be compliant with Judge Tygh Tone's order, yet the NCAA is going to appeal and if the organization wins its appeal they could come back and force Oklahoma State to forfeit any games that Oliver appeared above and beyond his NCAA-ordered 40-game suspension. It will now be interesting to see how Oklahoma State responds to this courtroom victory by Oliver.

Opinion: I will be the first one to admit that Oliver was guilty, if not of accepting free advice from a representative, he was at least guilty of a poor decision in his timing of notifying his previous advisor that he intended to use a different advisor in his pro career which could commence with this May's MLB Amatuer Draft.

Despite his poor decision, Oliver and Oklahoma State have been bullied by the NCAA on an issue that happens repeatedly in college baseball. If I am Oklahoma State, I play Oliver and hope that either a) The NCAA loses its appeal or b) The appeal procedure takes longer than the upcoming baseball season and any forfeit by OSU does not result in the loss of postseason play and amounts to no more than an asterisk in the record book and media guide.

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