The NCAA argued that documents in former USC assistant Todd McNair's defamation lawsuit against the association should remain sealed.
McNair and his attorneys want to unseal the documents that they believe show that the NCAA acted improperly during its investigation of USC that ended three years ago.
The NCAA concluded that McNair provided false information when he denied speaking to agent Lloyd Lake, who gave benefits to running back Reggie Bush while he played for the Trojans.
CBS Sports reported Monday that the NCAA released a 71-page argument stating that its enforcement process "will be substantially prejudiced by public disclosure" of the sealed documents.
McNair filed the lawsuit in an attempt to clear his name. He claims he cannot find work in football because the NCAA penalized him for a year as part of the sanctions against USC in 2010.
McNair starred at Temple and played running back in the NFL.
In an earlier case, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the NCAA had to release documents pertaining to its investigation of Florida State for academic fraud. The court cited Florida's "Sunshine Law" since the school is a public institution.
It is unclear what effect that would have on the McNair case, considering USC is a private school.