Remember when Hugh Freeze put his manhood on display and challenged the world to send any complaints about Ole Miss recruiting to the school’s compliance staff? Well, he got more than eighty takers in response.
The school has sorted through all the deliveries and – guess what? – found that there’s no there there. One slight catch, though. In response to a public records request, the compliance department refused to release all the e-mails in question.
The university declined to release the remaining 31 emails after the public records request by The Clarion-Ledger, citing four different reasons: The NCAA requires institutions to keep information confidential while the matters are being examined; those who sent the emails have a “reasonable expectation of privacy”; some or all of the emails are protected under applicable Mississippi tort law protecting privacy and prohibiting public disclosure of private facts; some of the emails were protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which protects the privacy of student education records.
The university noted that disclosing certain emails could have a “chilling effect on future sources of information, thus frustrating our compliance and enforcement efforts.” A university spokesman didn’t respond to a request for further comment on the emails.
I guess we’ll just have to trust them on that.
Tyner said if the university discovers any violations that were “originally disclosed in one of those emails,” it will self-report to the NCAA or Southeastern Conference.
O.J. is still looking for Nicole’s killer, too.