Oklahoma State lefthander Andy Oliver’s lawsuit against the NCAA will be decided in court starting Monday, but the Cowboys are no longer a defendant in the case.
An Ohio court dismissed the NCAA’s cross-claim against OSU on Friday, according to court documents, which means that Oklahoma State won’t be responsible for any monetary damages that Oliver wins in his suit. Last month, the court forced Oliver to include OSU as a defendant in the suit, but Oliver was only suing the Cowboys for injunctive damages to restore his eligibility. On Friday, the court changed its mind and dismissed Oliver’s suit against Oklahoma State, reasoning that OSU would also be bound by any injunction Oliver wins against the NCAA to restore his eligibility.
Oliver’s lawyer, Richard Johnson, also said in an e-mail that the court cut the case in half. Oliver’s injunctive and declaratory claims (which would restore Oliver’s eligiblity and declare the "no agent" and "restitution" rules void) will be tried on Monday starting at 9 a.m. Oliver’s breach of contract and tortious interference with contract claims (which could result in a monetary award for Oliver) will be tried to a jury shortly thereafter, although the date has not yet been set.
(CORRECTION) The trial could last all week or longer, but soon enough we should know whether or not Oliver’s eligibility will be restored, and whether the "no agent" and "restitution" rules will be struck down. See last week’s story for more on the "no agent" and "restitution" rules.
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