Nice FOI get by the Texas student paper…

The Daily Texan broke some news today thanks to some reporter’s brilliantly simple FOI request:

Texas co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite engaged in “inappropriate, consensual behavior with an adult student” in 2009, according to a statement released by UT men’s head athletics director DeLoss Dodds on Friday night.

The incident took place during the 2009 Fiesta Bowl, when Applewhite served as running backs coach. The identity of the student was not revealed…

The story was made possible thanks to an FOI request for a letter from UT’s athletic director to Applewhite outlining his punishment for the incident: the department froze Applewhite’s salary for the rest of the year and required him to schedule an initial session with a licensed professional counselor.

NC Court Rules on UNC NCAA Investigation Records…

Here is a really excellent, detailed blog post on the recent NCAA records ruling involving the scandal in the University of North Carolina athletic department:

North Carolina Superior Court Judge Howard Manning recently ruled on the scope of protection for documents related to the highly-publicized investigation of irregularities in the University of North Carolina football program. The Court held that the majority of communications among attorneys are protected from disclosure, but that other categories of investigative documents must be disclosed as public records of a public agency. The Court also ruled that portions of former UNC football coach Butch Davis’ personal cell phone records must be disclosed.  The Court’s rulings are available here and here, and a discussion of a subsequent order entered by the Court is linked here.

Oregon Ducks Say No Text Messages in Response to FOI Request…

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In documents released by the University of Oregon today to OregonLive.com in response to media requests for information about the Ducks’ football recruiting, one notable item was missing: the text in 934 text messages.

Oregon’s Public Records Law, written in 1961, did not foresee a day when people would use mobile phones to conduct university business, let alone without uttering a word. So although the letter of the law requires UO and all other public agencies to keep records of all correspondence pertaining to their work, many do not save text messages.

Confusion reigns about whether and how to archive messages sent via text message, on Twitter and through Facebook, state archivist Mary Beth Herkert said. As a result, archivists advocated a bill in the Oregon Legislature that would broaden the definition of a public record and require public agencies to adopt written policies for retaining such records.

As revealed in media reports in March, in spring 2010, Oregon paid Houston-based recruiting consultant Willie Lyles $25,000 for a package of information and video highlights of players. The payment arrived a few weeks after highly-sought running back Lache Seastrunk signed with Oregon, raising the question of whether Lyles had steered Seastrunk or other players from Texas to the Ducks.

The Oregonian, among other media outlets, requested access to text messages between Oregon coaches coach Chip Kelly and running backs coach Gary Campbell, Lyles and his representatives from 2007 to March 4, 2011. But Oregon has no formal policy regarding the archiving of text messages, UO spokesman Phil Weiler said.

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