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Mike Balogun won't play for OU this season, attorney says

By Jake Trotter - Staff Writer Modified: September 21, 2009 at 1:00 pm •  Published: September 21, 2009
NORMAN — Oklahoma linebacker Mike Balogun won’t be playing for the Sooners this season.

Woody Glass, Balogun’s attorney, said Monday morning the fact-finding wing of the NCAA has sided with the NCAA’s original ruling that Balogun played semi-pro football after his 21st birthday and is out of eligibility.

“The writing is clearly on the wall,” Glass said. “They made the finding Mike played in 2004, 2005 and 2006.”

Balogun turned 21 in September of 2004.

Glass, who has obtained sworn testimony from various sources suggesting Balogun didn’t play semi-pro ball after his 21st birthday, said he has already filed an appeal with the NCAA, but is doubtful it will have any effect.

“My initial optimism has been depleted,” Glass said. “They have totally disregarded sworn affidavit testimony we have submitted. Mike is just not going to be able to play this season through the NCAA."

Glass said he and Balogun will meet this week to discuss two possible courses of action.

One, Balogun can move on from his fight with the NCAA and test the waters in the NFL.

Or two, he can pursue a permanent injunction through the courts. The hope there is the courts will eventually supersede the NCAA’s ruling before next season and Balogun could play then. Balogun still technically has a redshirt season remaining he could use for this year.