I have not posted on the Andy Oliver topic in a while, but that does not mean that all parties in the lawsuit are now enjoying barbecues at the pool on Sundays. The lawsuit remains in place and Andy has still not re-gained the right to pitch for Oklahoma State. There are still six months before the beginning of the season, though. Andrea Cohen of The Oklahomian has continued her coverage of the Andy Oliver affair, and quoted me in her article, OSU’s Oliver continues to wait for reinstatement.
Darren Heitner, who runs sportsagentblog.com and has followed the affair closely, said that in the scheme of things any possible violations are minor.
“The problem here is that while the NCAA tries its best to distinguish advisers from agents, often times there’s a gray area,” Heitner said. “I’m not trying to draw any conclusions, but compared to a lot of the infractions you have going on this Andy Oliver affair is very small. They have a lot bigger fish to fry.”
I am all for weeding out those who violate the rules and regulations that bind our profession; however, I believe that the NCAA is appropriating way too much attention to this story when there are many larger issues that it must confront. Do you agree?