NCAA: Please keep Auburn tapes quietThe NCAA has asked...

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October 11, 1991

NCAA: Please keep Auburn tapes quiet

The NCAA has asked former Auburn football player Eric Ramsey's attorney not to make public secretly recorded tapes that Ramsey claims will prove his allegations of wrongdoing at the school. NCAA enforcement director Richard R. Hilliard, in a letter sent Wednesday to Birmingham, Ala., lawyer Donald Watkins, said allowing the public to hear the tapes could damage the NCAA's ability to investigate Ramsey's claims.

"It has been the investigative experience of the NCAA enforcement department that if information is publicly disseminated prior to conducting an interview. . . it further reduces the number of individuals that are willing to be interviewed by the NCAA," Hilliard wrote in a letter that was obtained by The Birmingham News. Watkins said Ramsey was "torn between his obligation to let the public hear these tapes and his desire to cooperate with the NCAA in its investigation of the Auburn football program."


The Great Orange Flap between the state Game Commission and Pennsylvania's 300,000 turkey hunters has ended, at least temporarily, and the turkey hunters have won. A proposal to require turkey hunters to wear fluorescent orange while hunting was shot down yesterday by a 3-3 vote of the commission. However, the commission voted unanimously to keep the proposal alive for reconsideration at its January meeting.

The mandatory orange requirement was crafted in response to a rise in hunting accidents. Turkey hunters, who often wear camouflage, were being shot mistakenly by other hunters, who assumed the movement they saw and sounds they heard were coming from turkeys. Turkey hunters have opposed the plan, saying turkeys are not colorblind and will be spooked by the orange. The hunters contend the commission should pump money into hunter education and not implementing a dress code.

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