If a decision made late last week and reiterated this week by the NCAA holds up, Oklahoma State junior left-handed pitcher Andy Oliver will be suspended for the 2009 season, and also would lose a year of eligibility, Rivals.com learned Monday afternoon.
Since getting suspended from the Stillwater regional last May because of alleged past improper services from an advisor, Oliver's situation has received national attention. For those unaware with the situation, Oliver's former advisor claimed the left-hander owed him a significant amount of money. But by NCAA rules, Oliver is not allowed to have an actual agent. He obviously would not be allowed to pay an advisor for his services.
Oliver was temporarily reinstated this past summer, but a decision struck down by the NCAA voided that decision. Now Oliver once again is fighting for his eligibility and ability to play for the Cowboys this spring.
Oliver's situation has received much attention for many reasons. The talented left-hander was a Rivals.com All-American last season and is expected to be one of the top-20 picks in the '09 MLB Draft next June. Oliver played for Team USA this past summer and had a 2-0 record with a 0.93 ERA in 19 1/3 innings of work.
Though Oliver would be forced to sit out the spring if today's news was the final decision, a source close to the situation expects several appeals to be made. The source also believes Oliver eventually will become eligible to play for the Cowboys.
Oliver, his lawyer and the NCAA had a mediation appointment earlier this week, but we learned the meeting didn't end on a positive note for Oliver. If more meetings end on a negative note, it looks like a trial will begin in January.
Rivals.com will keep you updated with the latest information on Oliver.
Kendall Rogers is the college baseball editor for Rivals.com and Yahoo! Sports. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.