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CFO Patronis Submits Public Records Request to NCAA 


For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 24, 2023
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CFO Patronis Submits Public Records Request to NCAA

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis submitted a public records request to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) President Charlie Baker for all records regarding the NCAA’s transfer waiver process for University of North Carolina (UNC) Wide Receiver Tez Walker and Florida State University (FSU) Defensive Tackle Darrell Jackson. Recently, the NCAA made the decision to overturn the waiver denial of UNC Wide Receiver Tez Walker.

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October 24, 2023

President Charlie Baker

National Collegiate Athletic Association

700 W. Washington Street

P.O. Box 6222

Indianapolis, Indiana 46206-6222

Dear President Baker,

I’m writing you today regarding the NCAA’s recent decision to overturn the waiver denial of University of North Carolina (UNC) Wide Receiver Tez Walker.

The NCAA explained that Mr. Walker’s waiver denial was overturned because of “new information.” While I’m happy that Mr. Walker is now playing college football, it begs the question, what was this new information? Why is Mr. Walker now eligible to play when other student-athletes, including Florida State Defensive Tackle Darrell Jackson, are not? What is the NCAA hiding, and why are these decisions made behind closed doors? Were special accommodations made for UNC and no other programs?

The reality is time is fleeting and each day that passes Mr. Jackson is not allowed to play is robbing him of his opportunity to achieve his dreams of being a student athlete. The NCAA’s lack of transparency on this issue raises equal protection and anti-trust concerns. 

The NCAA and major college sports are at a pivotal time in history, and these questions need to be answered publicly for the good of the sport and the NCAA's survival. I’ve always said that transparency is the best disinfectant, and to hold the NCAA accountable to the student-athletes they serve, we must bring these decisions into the light. The NCAA should not be allowed to pick winners and losers and play with the lives and livelihoods of student-athletes. We must shed light on how these decisions are made so more student-athletes can benefit and play the games they love.

As Florida’s CFO, I respectfully submit this letter as a formal public records request to the NCAA for all records regarding the NCAA’s transfer waiver process for UNC Wide Receiver Tez Walker and FSU Defensive Tackle Darrell Jackson. Moreover, any information uncovered during the public records process will assist the state with the discovery phase in any necessary legal proceedings.

If you choose to deny this records request in any part, please explain in writing why the NCAA will not provide more transparency on your decision to deny a student-athlete the opportunity to compete, while granting similar requests made by a different student athlete.   


Jimmy Patronis

Chief Financial Officer


About CFO Jimmy Patronis  
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).