NCAA Wins Temporary Stay in Records Fight vs media

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The NCAA won't have to immediately release public records about Florida State's appeal of an academic cheating penalty.

An appeals court Tuesday granted a temporary stay to the NCAA and gave attorneys for The Associated Press and other media organizations a day to show why the motion should not stand.

Circuit Judge John Cooper earlier ordered the NCAA to release documents related to Florida State's appeal of penalties to strip coaches and athletes of wins in 10 sports, including 14 from football coach Bobby Bowden.

Cooper said the NCAA's rationale for keeping the documents secret would "emasculate" Florida's broad public access laws.

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