The attorney for Oklahoma linebacker Mike Balogun expects the NCAA’s decision on his client’s eligibility to come down at some point today, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting.
If the NCAA certifies Balogun’s eligibility, he would be permitted to play in tomorrow’s season opener against BYU.
If it’s not certified, Balogun would have another course of action he could take in order to get his eligibility restored.
“The Amateurism Staff will submit their proposed findings of fact supporting their decision,” attorney Woody Glass explained. “They will request a response from [Oklahoma] and Mike to agree with their proposed findings.
“If we cannot agree, we will submit our proposed findings of fact. The two position statements will then be submitted to a Fact Finding Committee that will resolve the factual issues. Once the factual issues are decided, the case gets submitted to the Amateurism Certification Committee for decision.”
At issue is an NCAA investigation into whether Balogun participated in semi-professional football after his 21st birthday. If he was found to have played after he turned 21, he would lose a year of eligibility for each 12-month period in which he played semi-pro ball. As he is a senior, it would effectively end his collegiate playing career.