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Beshear: U of L broke open records law in request for basketball scandal documents

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The University of Louisville violated Kentucky’s open records law when it conducted an “inadequate” search for records related to its self-imposed postseason basketball ban, the state Attorney General has ruled.

In an opinion released Thursday, Kentucky's top lawyer ordered U of L to look more thoroughly for documents used by former President James Ramsey when he decided Feb. 4 to keep the men’s basketball team out of the 2016 NCAA tournament.

At issue is a request made by Dr. Peter Hasselbacher, founder and president of the Kentucky Health Policy Institute. He asked for the records Ramsey had “on hand” at the time of the ban’s announcement, but U of L denied the request and said those records didn’t exist.

Hasselbacher then appealed to the Attorney General’s Office. During that review, U of L acknowledged that the investigator it hired, former NCAA compliance official Chuck Smrt, has the investigative records. Smrt, Beshear’s office said, is an “agent of the University.”

“Thus, the question is whether or not the records in Mr. Smrt’s possession are encompassed by and thus responsive to the request. After careful review, we find that they are,” the Attorney General’s opinion says.

Beshear’s office asked to see those records, but it says U of L refused and should turn over Smrt’s documents that are not exempt under open records laws.

(It remains unclear if any of the records U of L or Smrt have must be disclosed. The state open records law, for example, allows some records in investigations to be withheld.)

Ramsey resigned in July, ending a 14-year tenure at the university.

Katina Powell alleges that former U of L staffer and player Andre McGee asked her to arrange for women to have intimate encounters with players and recruits. Besides the self-imposed ban, U of L is waiting on any sanctions from the NCAA.

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