Yet another reason that the NCAA is crossing the line from public educational institution to big-time commercial sports entity — it is completely thumbing its nose at Florida public records law regarding recent correspondence with Florida State over the Tallahassee school’s recent academic violations.
The Associated Press and others have joined an open-records lawsuit against the NCAA, and yesterday a Florida Circuit judge ruled that the NCAA should turn the records over. The NCAA says that since the enforcement statements were online, FSU never had physical custody of them and therefore the items don’t fall under Florida open records law.
FSU, of course, is on the side of the NCAA in this, as all schools are when push comes to shove in the courtroom. What is there to hide? Does the NCAA not understand that it is a collection of mostly public institutions that must operate in the light of day? [Read details here]
SCREEN PASS: Jerry Jones has erected the largest HD video screen in the world in Dallas Cowboys Stadium (photo above, courtesy AP). The only problem is, it hangs so low over the field that it was hit by a punt in a preseason game. While the screen is five inches higher than the league requires, NFL officials are saying it can stay put, for now, but the issue might not be over. [Tim Colishaw, Dallas Morning News]
VIDEO LINKS: Rick Bozich and I do some cooking at the Kentucky State Fair in this video.
BATS ONE WIN AWAY: The Louisville Bats have had the International League West Division title in their pockets since the All-Star break, but now are down to a magic number of one. A win tonight by the Bats or a loss by Toledo will finish off their fourth divisional title since 2000. And that coming despite sending one successful call-up after another to the parent club in Cincinnati. Head over to Louisville Slugger Field tonight to be a part of it all. I’ll be there. [C-J article]
NOT-SO-RANDOM MOVIE QUOTE OF THE DAY: Honoring Louisville’s minor-league success, words of wisdom from Kevin Costner as Crash Davis in Bull Durham:
Your shower shoes have fungus on them. You’ll never make it to the bigs with fungus on your shower shoes. Think classy, you’ll be classy. If you win 20 in the show, you can let the fungus grow back and the press’ll think you’re colorful. Until you win 20 in the show, however, it means you are a slob.