NCAA keeping Memphis case quiet

November 20, 2009

The NCAA is defending the secrecy of its response to the University of Memphis' appeal, saying member schools require confidentiality before a ruling.

Memphis has refused to release the NCAA's response to its appeal of a ruling vacating the 2007-08 men's basketball season under an open records request. Memphis cites NCAA rules that prohibit printing the document for media off the association's Web site.

An NCAA spokeswoman told the AP on Thursday the association is required to keep infractions case information confidential until a decision is announced.

But that argument didn't work in Florida last month. The NCAA tried to keep its response to Florida State's appeal of an academic cheating penalty secret on the same read-only, secure Web site, but a judge ruled that document had to be released.

The Florida Supreme Court rejected an emergency motion by the NCAA to delay that court order. Attorneys for the NCAA provided the records to a law firm to prepare for a release, though Florida State released copies earlier from "screen shots" of the Web site.

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