There was a point last year where the University of Tennessee athletic department didn't receive a single public records request for more than four months.
In September 2010 alone, the month in which it was revealed that former men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl and his assistants misled NCAA investigators and the football and baseball programs were also in the association's crosshairs for potential violations, UT fielded 11.
It was only the beginning.
Media outlets from all across the country had circled their target and pounced, looking for any sort of public document that would shed light on what exactly transpired in the 17 months before Pearl's emotional press conference.
Since that press conference, which was hastily called on Sept. 10, the UT athletic department had fielded at least 63 public records requests.
Included in that total is the records request filed by the News Sentinel to obtain a log of public records requests processed by the university since 2010.
Of the 63 filed since Sept. 10, 21 came from the News Sentinel, while others came from a variety of TV stations, websites and newspapers scattered across the U.S.
According to Tennessee Code, "records" are defined as "all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, photographs, microfilms, electronic data processing files and output, films, sound recordings, or other material, regardless of physical form or characteristics made or received pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business of any governmental agency.
Because UT is a government-funded, state university, it is required to comply to the Tennessee Public Records Act or risk legal action.
Under the Public Records Act, the university is required to "promptly make available for inspection any public record not specifically exempt from disclosure."
Because the vast majority of public records requests are not able to be processed on the spot, the university is afforded seven business days to either make the information available, deny the request with proper reasoning or "furnish the requestor a completed records request response . . . stating the time reasonably necessary to produce such record or information."
Nearly all of the requests filed since Sept. 10 were first handled with a records request response letter.
At that stage, the times of completed requests range from days to weeks or even months.
A number of the requests fizzled away after the initial response letter because the university, for requests that require heavy redaction, necessitate hours of legwork to put together or require hundreds of pages to satisfy, was within its rights to charge fees that climb into the hundreds of dollars.
To acquire more than a year's worth of invoices from UT's NCAA investigation legal team, the News Sentinel paid $166.11.
The cost stemmed from the nearly four hours it took one employee to compile and properly redact the 204 pages worth of documents.
The employee's hourly rate was set at $43.27.
Universities frequently cite the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) when redacting documents to a point in which the context is illegible.
In February, when it released the Notice of Allegations it received from the NCAA for allegedly committing 12 major violations, UT was heavy-handed with the Sharpie, covering up entire sections and even smudging out NCAA bylaws that were allegedly violated.
Two weeks later, after a flurry of requests from a number of media outlets, the university released a new version of the Notice of Allegations that featured 19 modifications from the original document, but only provided a minimal increase of insight.
To comply with FERPA, the university covers up names of currently-enrolled students, UT spokesman Jimmy Stanton said.
There was another common reason why a number of records requests came up dry: the document requested simply didn't exist.
Shortly after Cuonzo Martin was named the new UT men's basketball coach, multiple news outlets requested his contract.
At that time, only terms and conditions of Martin's five-year deal were made available, and it wasn't until May when the university released his Memorandum of Understanding, which provides the basic framework of the contract, but doesn't hit every last detail.
Out-of-state requests also came with a few hurdles because proof of residency in the state of Tennessee is required to acquire public documents.
After receiving a letter of explanation from UT, some non-Tennessee residents found a friend or associate to request the document on his or her behalf.
Others simply gave up.