Appeals court denies NCAA FSU public records challenge


Bobby Bowden
Bobby Bowden

In this Oct. 11, 2007, file photo, Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden watches during the first half of a college football game against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C. The NCAA won't have to immediately release public records about Florida State's appeal of an academic cheating penalty.

Gerry Broome/The Associated Press, file photo
Published: Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 11:42 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 11:42 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. An appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that the NCAA must release documents on Florida State's appeal of an academic cheating penalty.

The 1st District Court of Appeal upheld a circuit court decision Thursday. The Associated Press and other media groups had sued, saying the NCAA's desire to keep the process private violated Florida open records laws.

The documents focus on Florida State's appeal of an NCAA sanction to strip coaches and athletes of wins in 10 sports.

That includes football coach Bobby Bowden, who stands to lose 14 victories. It would dim his chances of again becoming major college football's winningest coach. Bowden has 384 victories two behind Penn State's Joe Paterno.

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