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JSU seeks AG opinion on public records

JACKSONVILLE (AP) — Jacksonville State University officials are asking for Attorney General Troy King's opinion on whether it must let the public see the multi-year contracts of the school's athletic coaches.

The university asked for the opinion after The Anniston Star filed a request under the Alabama Open Records Act for the recently signed contract of Gamecocks head football coach Jack Crowe.

The newspaper contends that because JSU is a public institution, any contract it enters into is a public document and denying its release is a violation of state law.

The university has offered access to review the documents, but the statute allows citizens to inspect and make copies of public writings.

Crowe signed a new five-year contract last month that is said to carry a base salary of $150,000 and include incentives for the athletic and academic performance of his program. Without seeing the document, it is impossible to confirm any of the conditions set forth in the contract.

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