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Friday, August 21, 2009
FSU responds to reports on Oklahoma linebacker

By staff

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Here's the background: A story in the Oklahoman portrayed FSU as the "whistle blower" which prompted the investigation into the eligibility of Oklahoma linebacker Mike Balogun. The reason FSU got involved, though, was because FSU receiver Corey Surrency was going through the same situation.

Contrary to the report in the Oklahoman, FSU says its compliance office did not contact the Big 12 or the NCAA. Instead, it contacted Oklahoma's compliance office.

Here is Florida State's official response, which was just released:

In response to erroneous media reports, Florida State University athletics would like to clarify its conversation with Oklahoma University as it pertains to the eligibility of Sooners linebacker Mike Balogun.

Florida State's compliance office did contact the Oklahoma University compliance office after learning that Balogun had played in a semi-pro football league while watching the Jan. 9, 2009 television broadcast of the Bowl Championship Series national championship game.

"The purpose of the inquiry to Oklahoma University was to gather information regarding a similar eligibility case involving former Florida State wide receiver Corey Surrency," said Brian Battle, FSU Associate Athletic Director for Compliance. "Florida State's compliance office did not contact the Big 12 or the NCAA."

Surrency, who also played in a semi-pro football league beyond his 21st birthday, was denied a second year of eligibility by the NCAA following the school's appeal on April 28, 2009.

"There was no ill intention on our part," Battle said. "It was merely a fact-finding phone call, made only to the Oklahoma University compliance office. This is a very common practice amongst compliance offices with this type of complex situation."