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NCAA Releases Documents

October 27th, 2009 by flanews

The Florida Supreme Court today refused to delay the release of records detailing the reasons for sanctions against FSU.

The decision caps weeks of litigation that the NCAA lost both in the trial court and an appellate court. Just hours after the order, the NCAA made the records public. The documents contain a transcript of FSUs hearing before NCAA committee discussing the school penalty following a cheating scandal among athletes. The NCAA continues to appeal the decision, but Attorney General Bill McCollum says their chances of getting the court to hear the case are slim.

“Their likelihood of success is very limited. The Supreme Court is denying the stay. I think that they need to produce the documents that they have been denying. They have an obligation to do it. They clearly do under the law. It’s very clear in the Florida law that if you pass through this material that’s being used by FSU as it has been, and they have seen it, it’s public record,” said McCollum.

NCAA has said since the beginning it had no obligation to release the documents since they were never printed and were only posted on line. State law makes no such distinction.

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