The NCAA is allowing Florida State to release a version of its letter to the school on a disciplinary case resulting from an academic cheating scandal, officials said yesterday. The school must first retype the report from a computer format and redact names, Florida State general counsel

Betty Steffens


The letter details the NCAA's response to Florida State's appeal of sanctions resulting from the cheating. The school would be stripped of wins in 10 sports, including football. That would seriously hurt Bobby Bowden's bid to become college football's all-time winningest coach.

Several media outlets, including the Associated Press, sued the school and NCAA on Monday to release the report.

Florida's attorney general was not satisfied with the NCAA's decision.

"It's a step in the right direction, but it's not sufficient," said Sandi Copes, spokeswoman for Attorney General Bill McCollum. However, NCAA attorney Naima Stevenson repeated the NCAA claim that it does not consider the response a public record.

In other college news:

* Longtime Clemson men's soccer coach Trevor Adair has resigned, more than 2 months after his arrest on charges of attacking his teenage daughters. Adair is charged with two counts of assault and battery.


* Olympic champion Tyler Hamilton received an 8-year ban from cycling, all but ending his drug-tainted career after he admitted to taking a steroid. The penalty was handed down 2 months after Hamilton acknowledged taking an herbal product to combat depression, knowing it included a steroid.

* The International Olympic Committee said Kuwait will be suspended from the Olympic movement if it does not change its sports laws within 6 weeks. The IOC's executive board gave Kuwait a July 31 deadline to amend a law that currently allows the state to interfere in elections for positions in sports organizations.

Philly File

* Philadelphia is among 37 U.S. cities that have been asked to submit proposals by the USA Bid Committee for potential World Cup soccer games in 2018 or 2022. Lincoln Financial Field is one of the 45 venues associated with the 37 cities. The U.S. application is due to FIFA in May 2010.

Auto Racing

* An expert witness for suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield does not have the medical degrees or certifications he listed in his qualifications, NASCAR alleged. In a motion filed in U.S. District Court, NASCAR asked that Dr. Harvey MacFenerstein's sworn affidavit be dismissed from Mayfield's lawsuit because the expert falsely represented himself on six counts. *