Oklahoma State star pitcher Andrew Oliver was barred by school officials from pitching in a tournament game in May. They claim that he violated NCAA rules involving meetings with professional teams. Oliver is now suing the NCAA.
They said Oliver, a left-handed pitcher who went 7-2 last season with a 2.20 earned run average, had violated a rule intended to preserve amateurism in college athletics. As a high school senior, he allowed his adviser to be present at a meeting with the Minnesota Twins, who had selected him in the 17th round of baseball’s amateur draft. Under N.C.A.A. rules, amateur players are permitted to select “advisers” who can guide them through the negotiation process, but the advisers may not communicate directly with professional teams.
Apparently Oliver might have a mound to stand on. In August, a judge granted a temporary restraining order, allowing him to pitch until his trial in December. But it seems that the issue isn't so innocent and super agent villain Scott Boras has pushed himself into the spotlight as usual.
The violation probably never would have become public had Andy Oliver not angered the Barattas by replacing them with the prominent baseball agent Scott Boras this spring, a year before he would become eligible, as a junior, for the draft. The Barattas then mailed the Olivers a bill for their services, totaling more than $100,000.
We'll be looking out for Oliver's $350 million contract demands. Any day now. H/T The College Baseball Blog