Florida State will abide by state records law in NCAA case

The NCAA said Tuesday that Florida State officials can comply with state law and release a response to an appeal of having to vacate wins in football and nine other sports, a penalty stemming from an academic misconduct scandal.

Media outlets statewide filed a lawsuit against FSU and the NCAA Monday demanding a copy of the Committee on Infractions' response, a document kept on a secured Web site that only FSU officials could view as they craft a rebuttal, which is due July 1. They could not download it or print it out and had to sign a confidentiality agreement.

But in a letter to FSU general counsel Betty Steffens, the NCAA said it didn't object to the school releasing the document after retyping the online copy, redacting student-athletes names and checking the accuracy of the transcription. FSU officials asked for a copy of the 21-page document, but the NCAA has refused.

"We're going to start first thing (today)," school spokesman Frank Murphy said. "We're anxious to get it to people."

That won't render the lawsuit moot, however. There's still the issue of the NCAA's long-standing policy of keeping documents in an infractions appeals case on a secured Web site that media see as a "scheme" to circumvent public records laws, according to the lawsuit.

The NCAA maintained its position that it isn't subject to Florida's public records law nor is it a custodian of FSU's public records. It also said the decision to allow FSU to comply "does not waive any rights the NCAA has to object to the application of Florida's public records law to any other NCAA document in the future."

Baseball World Series

TEXAS 10, ARIZONA ST. 6: Cameron Rupp's second homer broke a tie, and the top-seeded Longhorns erased a six-run deficit in Omaha, Neb. Rupp hit Mitchell Lambson's first pitch of the seventh inning over the rightfield wall to give Texas (48-14-1) the lead as an anticipated duel between the nation's top two staffs never materialized. ASU (50-13) came in with a 2.76 ERA; the Longhorns were at 2.86.

N. CAROLINA 11, S. MISS. 4: Dustin Ackley went 5-for-6 and became the career CWS hits leader to lead the Tar Heels (48-17) in an elimination game. Ackley, the No. 2 overall pick by Seattle in last week's MLB draft, has 27 hits in 14 CWS games. Stanford's Sam Fuld (2001-03) had 24. The coach of the Golden Eagles (40-26), 55-year-old Corky Palmer, is retiring.

Other sports

SOCCER: Clemson men's coach Trevor Adair resigned more than two months after his arrest on charges of attacking his teenage daughters. Adair, 48, faces two counts of assault and battery.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Clemson coach Oliver Purnell agreed to a two-year extension through 2016. … Federal prosecutors delayed the trial of Karen Cunagin Sypher, who is accused of trying to extort millions from Louisville coach Rick Pitino, for at least six weeks.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Epiphanny Prince of Rutgers is skipping her senior season to play pro in Europe.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Florida State will abide by state records law in NCAA case 06/16/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 12:06am]

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