ESPN Sues Ohio State Over Tressel E-Mails


ESPN asked the Ohio Supreme Court on Monday to release "all e-mails, letters and memos" to and from former football coach Jim Tressel, Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee and others that mentioned Pennsylvania businessman Ted Sarniak.

Sarniak was a mentor to former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor whom Pryor reached out to before he left the team in June.

According to the lawsuit, ESPN asked for all e-mails involving Sarniak since March 15, 2007, that were from Tressel, Gee, Ohio State director of NCAA compliance Doug Archie and athletic director Gene Smith.

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It also asked for all documents that were forwarded to the NCAA since Jan. 1, 2010, related to an investigation of Tressel, along with a list of people who were officially barred from student-athlete game tickets since Jan. 1, 2007 and all correspondence between the NCAA and Archie or any other Ohio State athletic department official related to any violation of NCAA rules since Jan. 1, 2005.

ESPN's court filing said that the university wrongfully denied its request for records.

The university told ESPN that the request was overly broad and may have involved student privacy issues, 10 Investigates' Paul Aker reported.

10 Investigates has also had numerous requests that have been in the works for weeks and months, Aker reported.

If ESPN's suit is successful, Ohio State could have to turn over the records and pay ESPN's legal fees.

The university was not available for an immediate comment.

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