Published October 6, 2009
|Oliver's Case Has Sparked National
Stories About NCAA Regulations
Andy Oliver, the former Oklahoma State Univ. pitcher who won a court decision earlier this year voiding the NCAA's regulation prohibiting student athletes from having an attorney make direct contact with a pro sports team, has settled his case against the NCAA, two weeks before it was to go to a jury trial. "I can confirm there is a settlement and that it is confidential," Oliver's attorney, Rick Johnson, said late yesterday. He declined to comment further. The NCAA did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Oliver signed with the Tigers for a reported $1.495M signing bonus in August after being drafted in the second round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft in June. Oliver's case against the NCAA sparked national news stories about NCAA regulations, and sports attorneys said it had the potential to have a far-reaching impact, but it is not clear what, if any, impact the case will have now that it has been settled. Oliver had been declared ineligible hours before he was scheduled to pitch in the '08 NCAA tournament. An NCAA investigation found his former advisors had contact with the Twins, the team that drafted Oliver out of high school in '06. In February, Erie County (OH) Judge Tygh Tone ordered Oliver to be reinstated and declared NCAA regulation 126.96.36.199 to be void, calling it "arbitrary and capricious." That regulation prohibits college athletes from having an attorney make direct contact with sports organizations about contract negotiations. Baseball agents and a scout told SportsBusiness Journal such contact is a common industry practice.