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OU LB Mike Balogun continues legal battle

FROM STAFF and WIRE REPORTS Published: August 23, 2009
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Mike Balogun’s attorney has filed three more affidavits in Cleveland County District Court in hopes of showing that the University of Oklahoma linebacker did not play semi-pro football after turning 21.

The Tulsa World reported Saturday that Norman attorney Woody Glass filed the affidavits in advance of a Monday hearing where Balogun hopes a permanent injunction will allow him to play for OU this season.

Balogun was awarded a temporary injunction last week that has allowed him to practice with the team despite the NCAA’s decertification of his eligibility on Aug. 14.

In the affidavits obtained by the Tulsa World, three people say Balogun didn’t play semi-pro ball after turning 21:

→James Walsh, a coach for an all-star game for small college and semi-pro players, says Balogun didn’t play in the 2004 All-American Bowl, despite being named on Mid-AmericaFootball.com as a 2004 all-star linebacker.

→John Phillips, a statistician for 2005 NAFL2 championship game in Orlando, said roster and even jersey information is often incorrect and unreliable within the league, and that "rosters ... were likely inaccurate and players I mentioned in the game report likely did not play in the game.” Balogun was listed on SemiProFootball.org as playing in the 2005 NAFL2 championship game.

→Tony Hall, president of the Diamond Football League, certified that Balogun "did not play with the Prince George Jets,” as it was reported during the 2008 BCS Champoinship game on FOX.

The affidavits were filed Friday, the same day Florida State officials said they had no issues with Oklahoma.

The school confirmed it contacted Oklahoma’s compliance office earlier this year about the Balogun’s eligibility.

Florida State compliance director Brian Battle said the inquiry was a fact-finding call related to a similar eligibility case involving former Seminole receiver Corey Surrency.


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