OU linebacker Mike Balogun's eligibility in question

Mike Balogun's future on the field at Oklahoma is in jeopardy. The NCAA is investigating whether Balogun participated in a semi- professional football league after his 21st birthday.
JAKE TROTTER Published: August 15, 2009
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NORMAN — Mike Balogun’s future on the playing field at Oklahoma is in jeopardy.

The NCAA has ruled Balogun ineligible while it investigates whether the senior middle linebacker participated in semi-pro football after his 21st birthday.

Per NCAA rules, a player loses a season of collegiate eligibility for each semi-pro season he plays past the age of 21.

Balogun, 25, is being allowed to practice with the team for now; however, after Wednesday it is uncertain whether that will be allowed to continue.

After high school, Balogun, who didn’t play football his last two years of high school, joined the Maryland Marauders, a semi-pro team. The next season, he played for the Prince George Jets.

Balogun eventually earned a scholarship to Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College. After two years there, Balogun was signed by the Sooners in 2008.

Before his arrival at OU, the NCAA interviewed Balogun about his semi-pro past, then certified his eligibility in May 2008, Sooner officials said. OU’s compliance office subsequently confirmed Balogun’s eligibility after the NCAA did.

However, according to OU officials, "more information came to light” after last season regarding when Balogun played semi-pro football. OU’s compliance office passed along its finding to the NCAA.



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