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Media seeks records in UNC football probe

Posted April 15, 2011 7:12 p.m. EDT

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A coalition of media outlets asked a Superior Court judge Friday to order the release of records from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The hearing comes in response to UNC's refusal to turn over certain records relating to last year’s investigation into misconduct involving the football team.

Four players were declared permanently ineligible for accepting gifts and travel from sports agents. Ten other players missed at least one game while the NCAA and university officials investigated allegations of improper relationships with agents and academic misconduct.

UNC's lawyers argued Friday that student privacy laws prevent them from turning over phone records, information about parking tickets and records of academic tutors.

WRAL News and other media maintained that documents pertaining to the investigation are a matter of public record.

Judge Howard Manning held off on issuing a ruling.