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A Guide to the University of Florida Office of the President's Files Relating to the Official NCAA Inquiry into Conduct of the Football Team

Finding aid created by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
February 2012


Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Florida. Office of the President.
Title: University of Florida Office of the President's Files Relating to the Official NCAA Inquiry into Conduct of the Football Team
Dates: 1979-1986
Abstract: Documents compiled for a 1984 NCAA investigation into recruiting violations by the University of Florida football team.
Extent: 2.5 Linear feet. 6 boxes.
Identification: Series P20
Language(s): English
Access: Researchers should consult with Special Collections staff before using the collection because there are access restrictions. See the Access note for more information.

Scope and Content

Series P20 contains documents compiled for a 1984 NCAA investigation into recruiting violations by the University of Florida football team. The series contains photocopies of documents submitted to the NCAA as well as original files of Presidents Robert Marston and Marshall Criser on the matter. The latter includes compliance records, correspondence from alumni, and records related to a suit filed by the Miami Herald to obtain information through the Public Records Act.

The photocopies are divided into three categories. 1. Exhibits: Documents from the University of Florida Athletic Association, the football coaching staff, and administrative offices of the University. 2. Statements made to attorneys for the University by individuals associated with the violations. 3. Response documents from the University.

Included with the exhibits were thousands of copies of invoices and receipts. These were discarded, and only correspondence and other substantive material were retained. Also removed were registration forms and cancelled checks for a summer football clinic held for high school players.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

Access to this series is restricted. Much of the series deals with specific named students and is therefore restricted by Federal law. The compilers of this series blackened out the names of students, but in most cases the names can still be read. To use this collection, sensitive documents must be photocopied again to insure anonymity. Costs for reproduction will be assumed by the researcher.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], University of Florida Office of the President's Files Relating to the Official NCAA Inquiry into Conduct of the Football Team, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Processing Notes

The collection originally contained multiple copies of most documents. An effort was made to eliminate duplication, but some duplicates probably remain.


Contents List

Photocopies


Box
1 Exhibits
2 Exhibits
2 Statement Book A
3 Statement Book B
3 Additional statements
3 University Response
3 University Appeal


Original Files


Box
4 Appeal of sanctions to NCAA Committee on Infractions
4 Basketball program violations
4 Board of Regents v Miami Herald
4 Coach Galen Hall
4 Correspondence received relating to NCAA inquiry, sanctions and the SEC
5 Miami Herald v Criser
5 NCAA Dallas meeting (January 9-10, 1984)
5 NCAA general files
5 NCAA inquiry/violations
6 NCAA investigations
6 NCAA June meeting
6 NCAA legislation amendment
6 NCAA notes
6 NCAA program investigation - media correspondence
6 News release and NCAA committee on infractions report
6 Newspaper articles
6 Notes and points for argument
6 Pell news release
6 Pell resignation statement
6 Proposal for review of membership in the SEC by the University of Florida. Submitted to President Criser by Athletic Director Bill Carr 6/19/1985
6 SEC executive committee action and Criser statement
6 UF head football coach (position)



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