Feb. 13, 2009
Oliver Reinstated at Oklahoma
Andrew Oliver, a junior left-hander from Oklahoma
State, was reinstated on Thursday when an Ohio judge threw out
an NCAA rule preventing college players from hiring advisers who
are in direct contact with major league teams.
The NCAA suspended Oliver last May after it said
his advisers listened in on contract negotiations with the
Minnesota Twins after he was drafted out of Vermilion High
School in June 2006.
Erie County Common Pleas Judge Tygh Tone ruled
that the NCAA can’t restrict a player’s right to have legal
assistance while negotiating a major league contract.
Oliver was 7-2 last season in 15 appearances, of
which 14 were starts, with a 2.20 ERA. He fanned 96 in 98.1