Saturday, August 29, 2009

FLORIDA STATE WINNING THE JUDICIAL BOWL

The NCAA must release documents on Florida State’s appeal of an academic cheating penalty, a Florida judge ruled Friday, noting that the NCAA’s rationale for keeping the documents secret would “emasculate” the state’s broad public access laws.

Circuit Judge John C. Cooper ordered that the copies be turned over to The Associated Press and other media, which filed a public records lawsuit.

The documents focus on Florida State’s appeal of a plan to strip coaches and athletes of wins in 10 sports, including 14 from football coach Bobby Bowden. It would dim Bowden’s chances of surpassing Penn State’s Joe Paterno for most wins by a major college coach. Bowden has 382 victories—one behind Penn State’s Joe Paterno.

Karen Kaiser, an attorney for the AP, said the news organization is “thrilled with the court’s decision, which upholds the right of the people to access important public documents such as these. We look forward to receiving the documents that the court has said we are entitled to receive.”

The NCAA in a statement said it is reviewing the court’s order and discussing its options. It plans to appeal to a state appeals court and ask to block the release until it can rule. Florida State had no immediate comment.

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