It may be only July, but Ohio State is taking quite a beating. The school’s top recruit, offensive tackle Kyle Kalis, jumped ship, choosing to take his talents to Michigan because “I can’t go [to OSU] and take penalties for something I never did.”
As if losing Kalis — who called Brady Hoke from the “M” in the middle of the Michigan Stadium field to commit to the school — weren’t enough salt in the Buckeyes’ multiple wounds, he predicts that “the Michigan-Ohio border is now open. I think you're going to see eight or nine guys from the state of Ohio going over to Michigan this year.”
Ohio State faces a new legal battle as well. ESPN has filed a lawsuit against the school over what it says is OSU’s violation of state public records law.
ESPN’s lawsuit, filed Monday in the Ohio Supreme Court, contends that OSU has denied requests for information related to an NCAA investigation that prompted the departure of Coach Jim Tressel and quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
Ohio State maintains that the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, designed to protect education records, prohibits them from revealing details of wrongdoing. ESPN contends that any improprieties are not related to academics.
“FERPA has no application here,” John Greiner, an attorney for ESPN, wrote in the company’s brief, “and this court should not permit it to be used in a manner that is equal parts cynical and hypocritical.”
Records being sought include correspondence referring to Ted Sarniak, who mentored Pryor in his Jeannette, Pa., hometown. Tressel had forwarded to Sarniak emails concerning sales of game memorabilia by players.
Saying that ESPN has received a “voluminous amount” of information, OSU spokesman Jim Lynch said the university believes it has complied with the law.