FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS THE RELEASE OF FINANCIAL RECORDS
A federal judge on Wednesday ordered each of the 301 NCAA
Division I schools to turn over financial information needed in
an antitrust lawsuit the NCAA lost last year, according to the
K.C. STAR. U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil ruled in May '95
in favor of assistant coaches whose earnings had been restricted
to $16,000 a year by an NCAA rule. The restriction has since
been suspended and Vratil's ruling appealed, but since then, the
coaches have tried unsuccessfully to get financial information
from the NCAA to prepare for the damages part of the trial.
Vratil "castigated" the NCAA for defying court orders to produce
the information, and has ordered each Division I school to submit
info to the coaches' lawyers by July 5. If the information is
not received, a fine of $100 a day will be imposed, effective
July 6, on the NCAA and its lawyers for each failure to comply
(John Dauner, K.C. STAR, 5/30).