OU refuses to release cell phone records; Open Records Act doesn't allow officials to hide public records by placing them in investigatory file
The fact that officials may keep the cell phone records confidential in an investigatory file "does not extend to other files in which the document is kept." (1999 OK AG 58) (See also 1990 OK 60)
The Oklahoman noted that TMZ.com reported last month that a former Merrill Lynch financial adviser wired $3,000 into an account held by an OU basketball player and his mother last August.
The newspaper said it's not clear whether the investigation shielding the cell phone records is related to OU’s investigation into the relationship between the former financial adviser and the player.
The newspaper requested correspondence between OU's athletic department and the NCAA regarding the former financial adviser. But university officials denied the request, saying the correspondence is part of "confidential litigation files and investigatory reports."