It was a teeth-extracting exercise tracking down expense reports for the 70 teams competing in bowl games last season.
Tennessee was just another bump in the road.
"Dear Mr. Christensen:
"The Tennessee Public Records Act does require that the requesting party is a citizen of Tennessee."
OK, I live in Los Angeles, so could probably run down to Alvarado and 8th and get a fake Tennessee driver's license. About anything is available on the streets in that neighborhood, and I was ready for a fight — but a fair and legal one.
This battle involved filing Freedom of Information requests with 70 universities. With the exception of 11 private schools, the remaining 59 had an obligation to comply with the law.
Tennessee's stonewalling gave me an indication that not all schools would oblige.