Over the weekend, the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch published the results of a six-month long investigation of how NCAA schools use their own interpretations of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act to "censor information in the name of student privacy.”
In its investigation, titled "Secrecy 101,” which included making extensive open records requests from all 119 Football Bowl Subdivision schools, the Dispatch learned that among several violations committed by various schools across the country, an unidentified University of Oklahoma football player committed a violation last spring that was discovered in November 2008. According to the Dispatch, the player traveled to an NFL Draft party as the guest of a former college teammate. The $1,300 trip, which included use of a credit card, was paid for by the former teammate’s agent. The university erased all names from the violation report. The Dispatch reported that the NCAA’s penalty for the violation was that the football player had to repay $832 to a charity from his scholarship, a federal Pell grant, and the school-issued spending money he received during the team’s trip to the BCS National Championship game. An OU spokesman said the player was reinstated with no competition penalty.