Schedule set in Ohio State/ESPN lawsuit

Sept. 21, 2011 at 12:17 PM
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COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- A lawsuit against Ohio State University by ESPN over public records requests for e-mails about wrongdoing inside the OSU athletic department has been scheduled.

The Ohio Supreme Court ordered the parties to file evidence within 20 days, The Columbus Dispatch reported Wednesday.

ESPN must then file its brief within 10 days of presenting its evidence, the court ruled, and OSU must respond within 20 days after ESPN.

ESPN sued OSU in July, claiming the school withheld the e-mails by wrongfully hiding behind a federal student-privacy law.

OSU officials say shielding some details of alleged violations inside its athletic department comes under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act designed to protect educational records.

ESPN has filed public record requests for e=mails and documents relating to alleged violations of NCAA rules by the OSU football program.

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