Now with that being said, "there are some obvious parallels between the stories of Mike Balogun from Oklahoma and Corey Surrency from Florida State. "Both players skipped the usual recruitment process as teenagers, played briefly in approved "developmental" leagues for little to no pay, eventually enrolled in junior college and earned scholarships with major programs. Both were on track for degrees until the NCAA descended with an obscure rule that stripped them of their senior seasons because their semi-pro stints – otherwise acceptable – extended past their 21st birthdays." I didn't know that to be the case either. That once it extends past your 21st birthday...that you are in trouble.
Apparently Florida State noticed the similarities, too, according to the Oklahoman, because it was the 'Noles who ratted Balogun out. Wow, is all I have to say to that.
Here is the information provided in the court records: Oklahoma's Balogun's lawsuit against the NCAA allege that comments made by the FOX TV announcers immediately after that play (a tackle in the BCS Championship game vs. Florida) ultimately sparked the NCAA's inquiry into Balogun's past.
"He played a little semi-pro ball, the Prince George Jets, the Maryland Marauders, before he went to Lackawanna," color commentator Charles Davis pointed out during the telecast. Hey, I like Charles Davis too....I wouldn't think that he hasn't thought anymore about this and that he wasn't apart of bringing this to light on purpose.
According to court records too, the day after watching the title game and hearing Davis' remarks about Balogun's semi-pro past, an official from Florida State's compliance office contacted the Big 12 Conference and suggested the league investigate Balogun's eligibility. I personally think it was a coach that overheard it and started to think and then went to the compliance office.I was actually shocked when I saw the headline FSU turns in Oklahoma. Considering all the that FSU is going through with the NCAA, you would think they would stay away from other teams' mess....even if it would clarify one of their situations.
I didn't remember the Surrency situation at all. My dad had to remind me of it and, give me his thoughts that FSU was probably just trying to get clarity on this case versus theirs....sure Dad. I think this was good ole "if my guy can't play for these reasons then neither can your guy.
As of now, Oklahoma's Balogun is on the outside looking in with two weeks left before the season starts..
What's even more interesting is that no matter what these two teams start a home and home in 2010. What a way to initiate a rivalry?