After six days of testimony, the bench trial to restore Andy Oliver’s eligibility and invalidate the NCAA’s "no agent" and "restitution" rules concluded Tuesday, but a decision might still be weeks away.
Judge Tygh M. Tone of the Erie County Court of Common Pleas took the case under advisement and ordered the parties to file proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law by Jan. 23, according to Oliver’s attorney, Richard Johnson. Thereafter, the judge said he will deliberate and issue an opinion within a week or two. He gave no indication how he will rule.
Under this timeline, a written decision should be issued around the end of January or start of February, or about the time Division I teams can start practicing for the spring. Oklahoma State opens its season Feb. 20 against Brigham Young, with or without its ace lefthander.
As for the trial portion of the case, which would address Oliver’s monetary claims against the NCAA, the judge said he would schedule that phase after he issues his ruling on the bench trial.
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