The California Supreme Court has just ruled, consistent with the trend of cases from other jurisdictions, that government business conducted on personal cell phones, personal emails, or other devices, generates a public record, which is subject to a freedom of information request.
What does this have to do with big-time college sports? It reinforces what Butch Davis was told, at the time he was head football coach at Carolina: public business is public business, subject to a FOIA request, whether that business is conducted on a cell phone paid by the head coach’s employer, or paid for by the coach himself.
Good coaches play dip-and-dodge, to avoid scrutiny. So if you are a good, wary head coach, at a big-time, public ‘program,’ get yourself a burner phone, or a phone which is under your wife’s name, to do all of your business as a head coach. It’s not iron-clad, but you will make it much harder for anyone to get at the substance of your emails, texts, or other communications, long after the fact.