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Andy Oliver Update

Andy OliverTired of Andy Oliver news yet?  Not up to speed on everything that has gone on?  No worries, you can read all of our previous posts on the Andy Oliver issue by clicking here.  Latest news that I received from Andy Oliver’s attorney this weekend (Richard G. Johnson) is that the complaint against the NCAA has been refiled and there has been a temporary restraining order (TRO) issued against the NCAA.  What that means is the NCAA must immediately reinstate Andy Oliver’s collegiate eligibility.

Directly from the order granting a temporary restraining order:

This Court finds that the Plaintiff will suffer immediate and irreparable harm, if this Court does not grant the preliminary injunctive relief sought herein, there is a certain threat of the same, and the Plaintiff’s remedies at law are therefore inadequate for that reason.

This Court finds that of great importance is the continuing and ongoing damage to the Plaintiff’s reputation, and the fact that he will again be subjected to his classmates disapproval and scrutiny, when he restarts school on August 18, 2008, if this injunctive relief is not immediately granted.

The TRO will last for twenty-eight days following the order granted by the Court on August 15th.  It may be extended at its conclusion.  This is definitely a win for Team Andy.  Now they will go on offense and try to get some of their complaints through the system.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

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