Public Denied Access To UT Athletics Board Meetings

Public Denied Access To UT Athletics Board Meetings

CREATED Jan 20, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A decision by the University of Tennessee to start denying public access to athletics board meetings is raising questions.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported UT officials previously allowed the media to attend meetings, but decided to stop that policy last year.

Since then, it has begun meeting more frequently, it has cut its membership by more than half and it has stopped keeping minutes of meetings.

UT officials said the board meetings are exempt from state open meeting laws because the board is only making recommendations and not "making decisions."

Tennessee Press Association Public Policy Director Frank Gibson said the moves raises questions about the need for secrecy if the group has no authority and no power.

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