NCAA, Florida St. to pay $325k to media attorneys
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida State and the NCAA are paying $325,000 in legal fees to compensate the attorneys of news media companies that sued to force the release of documents in the Seminoles’ academic cheating scandal.
The records were part of an NCAA investigation that eventually implicated 61 athletes and stripped the school of victories in 10 men’s and women’s sports.
Florida state and the NCAA tried to block the release in a series of appeals. But the Florida Supreme Court affirmed a lower court decision determining the records were public and refused in May to reconsider the case.
Under the agreement filed Friday in court, the school will pay $65,000 and the NCAA will transfer $260,000 to the attorneys who represented more than 20 outlets, including The Associated Press.