Almost four months after a California appeals court ruled that the NCAA couldn't seal hundreds of pages of documents in a lawsuit by former USC running backs coach Todd McNair, the organization is attempting to do the same thing in another case in Maryland.
Last month, the NCAA asked a Montgomery County Circuit court judge to seal 14 documents in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the family of late Frostburg State University football player Derek Sheely.
The internal emails, memos and meeting minutes in question deal with the NCAA's response to concussions, including research and proposed rule changes.
Disclosing the documents could damage "student health and safety" if "picked up by the media," the NCAA said in the documents.
Attorneys for the Sheely family assailed the NCAA's request in a response filed last week.
"Distilled to its essence, the real interest the NCAA seeks to protect is its own -- from embarrassment and shame," the court filing said.
The NCAA didn't respond to a request for comment.
In February, a strongly worded opinion from California's 2nd District Court of Appeal ended the NCAA's attempts to seal documents in McNair's long-running defamation lawsuit.