Texas Tech Officials called fans and alumni nitwits and nuts in e-mails obtained by Dolcefino Consulting.
In the wake of an angry reaction to the firing of Coach Mike Leach, the University even investigated the financial support of angry fans before deciding how they would respond, if at all.
The e-mails paint a disturbing portrait of Chancellor, Kent Hance and Former Regent, Jerry Turner. Turner led the effort to fire leach. The University never completed the thorough investigation they promised, and now fight the release of the investigation they did do.
For the first time, Dolcefino Consulting has discovered some Leach documents may already have been destroyed. We discovered a shared drive with Leach communications that was created at the time of the PR disaster but, has since been destroyed.
The e-mails we have now obtained will not sit well with the Red Raider nation.
Like this one, sent by Linda Steele, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor to Kent Hance as angry fan e-mails started pouring in after the Coach Leach ouster.
“WILL WE HAVE SOME KIND OF A CANNED RESPONSE WE CAN SEND TO THESE NITWITS. IF THEY EVEN DESERVE A RESPONSE.”
Chancellor Hance kept most of the e-mails secret from the Board of Regents, but it is clear Hance had a dime view of alumni and fans who were complaining.
“DETAILS OF THE FIRING WAS FUELING THE “FLAME OF THE UNKNOWN AND UNEDUCATED.”
E-Mails show Tech officials literally spied on the history of outraged fans, just to see how much money they had given to the University.
Texas Tech has fought for months to keep many of the Leach records secret.
“These new e-mails should anger the Red Raider Nation,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting.” We know Texas Tech lied to the fans about the Leach case, and now we know what they think of the fans and alumni. Apparently buying a ticket to a game or spending tens of thousands of dollars in tuition doesn’t earn fans the right to cry foul.”
Tech is also fighting release of e-mails between former Chancellor, Kent Hance and his former Chief of Staff, Jodey Arrington.
Arrington is now a West Texas Congressman. His office has refused to comment.
Texas Tech Alumni, Jodey Arrington was elected to represent Lubbock in the United States Congress in November 2016. For years prior however, the West Texas Congressman had been the right-hand man of Kent Hance, the former Chancellor at Texas Tech.
Texas Tech is now fighting to keep the public from seeing e-mails sent between Hance and Arrington during the 2009 investigation and firing of Texas Tech Football Coach Mike Leach.
Congressman Arrington refuses to discuss the Leach case, despite evidence Arrington was involved in the campaign to “dirty up” the famed football coach after fan outrage.
Dolcefino Consulting asked Texas Tech to turn over e-mails sent between Hance and Arrington about the Leach investigation. The University released just a handful of documents, including an e-mail sent by Lubbock television station General Manager Don Jackson at the time of the Leach firing.
“I hope I can someday say the actions were totally justified, but my viewers are angry,” Jackson wrote in an e-mail shared by Arrington to Kent Hance.
“Eight years after the firing, Texas Tech is hiding any e-mails sent between Hance and Arrington prior to the decision to suspend and fire Coach Leach,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “It’s time for the media in Lubbock to demand full transparency. What in the world are they hiding? I would think the Congressman would be demanding Tech release the e-mail record, so this doesn’t become a political problem for Arrington.”
Former Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance
The Texas Two Step…more than just a lottery game, or a dance step…it’s also how Texas Tech paid its outgoing Chancellor Kent Hance.
Hance worked out a deal with the University upon his retirement to become Chancellor Emeritus. His responsibilities included assisting the new Chancellor, fundraising, and teaching one class.
Those duties…and his $240,000 a year paycheck… were supposed to continue until the 3-year term expired on July 7, 2017.
Except Hance retired again.
In October of 2016, he sent a letter to his successor Chancellor Robert Duncan, stating he was retiring but wished to continue to teach his class.
The transition agreement signed by Hance and then Board Of Regents Chairman Mickey Long states in part:
“If Hance terminates this agreement prior to the end of the transitional term all obligations of the parties shall cease immediately.”
In other words…if Hance quits, he doesn’t get paid.
Documents obtained by Dolcefino Consulting will now expose the Texas Tech double dip.
One month after his second retirement Hance was rehired by the University to teach his class for a salary $44,000 a year.
But when we looked at the financial records, it simply didn’t add up.
In 2016, Texas Tech records show Hance had been paid $386,147.45, a lot more than Texas Tech was contracted to pay him.
Now you’ll know why.
Just two weeks after Hance retired the second time… Texas Tech paid him a lump sum of $153,603 that he hadn’t even earned yet under the old contract. The deal never was approved by the Board Of Regents… Just between the old Chancellor and the new one.
Hance was then re-hired to teach his class starting in November and began drawing his $44,000 a year salary.
Maybe the University figured that since it exceeded its goal of raising a billion dollars from alumni donations, that Hance deserved an extra $153,603.
But that makes you wonder why this school year, Texas Tech students are paying $110 more per semester in tuition… that’s 1391 kids, and their parents, who might have avoided paying that increase without a Kent Hance bonus.
“This is just the beginning,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting, “I promised Texas Tech we were going to expose their secrets until they stop cheating Mike Leach. More are coming.”
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WHEN: 10:00 am, January 8, 2018
WHERE: Law Office of Lynn, Pinker, Cox and Hurst
2100 Ross Avenue, Suite 2700, Dallas, Texas 75201 (MAP)
A major news conference is scheduled at the law offices of Lynn, Pinker, Cox and Hurst Monday morning to announce the filing of a lawsuit in Lubbock against Texas Tech University.
The lawsuit accuses the University of withholding public records regarding the controversial firing of Mike Leach, which includes communications of the Board of Regents and former
Chancellor Kent Hance.
The lawsuit will be filed by Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting, the Houston based investigative communications firm hired by the former Coach to uncover the truth.
Attorneys Michael K. Hurst of Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst and Julie Pettit of The Pettit Law Firm will represent Dolcefino Consulting and detail the lawsuit at the morning news conference.
Michael K. Hurst says, “This case represents an example of abuse of power entrusted to Texas Tech as a governmental body, and about demanding accountability.”
“The public—including students, alumni, and taxpaying citizens—have a legal right to see the emails and investigative notes surrounding Coach Leach’s improper termination,” states Julie
Under Texas law, the writ of mandamus to gain access to public information is to be filed in Lubbock County, where the public records are located.
There is growing evidence Texas Tech fired Coach Mike Leach without a promised investigation, manipulated the firing, and the sworn affidavits of employees. An investigation by Dolcefino Consulting has already uncovered new questions about the preparation of sworn affidavits created after the firing to justify the action, a questionable pay day for former Chancellor Kent Hance, and documents showing Regents were kept in the dark about the depth of fan protest after the controversial firing.
“Texas Tech has chosen to spend taxpayer money to keep the Leach records secret from students, parents, alumni, donors and Texas taxpayers,” says Dolcefino.
Leach filed suit against the University after his firing, but the case was dismissed because of a 100 year-old law in Texas called sovereign immunity. Leach says he was cheated out of $2.5
“A law that gives a public school the right to just cheat a coach, or a company out of money they are owed is beneath Texas,” says Dolcefino. “Regardless, it is time for the secrecy in
Lubbock to end. What are they afraid the public will see?”
The University has refused to release Regent phone records, details of expenditures of the football team, and e-mails between Hance and Kelly Overly, a former Tech foundation official.Petition_Filed
Texas Tech University is stepping up the battle to keep secrets about the investigation that led to the firing of popular football Coach Mike Leach.
The University is asking the Texas Attorney General to keep all the records secret.
“The people who pay the bills at Texas Tech are the students, parents and taxpayers,” says Wayne Dolcefino President of Dolcefino Consulting. “Maybe the Regents should get a refresher course in the public right to know. They are acting like we are looking for the body of Jimmy Hoffa.”
In recent days, Dolcefino Consulting has learned Texas Tech University fired Coach Leach without even completing an investigation into the alleged mistreatment of a player. Now, they don’t even want you to see what they actually did do before they slimed the reputation of a guy who led the Red Raiders to their best season ever.
“It is time for the truth to come out,” says Dolcefino, “All of it. Good or Bad. What’s the University afraid of?”
Coach Leach says the University still owes him $2.3 million dollars under his contract.
Dolcefino Consulting has asked for financial records and e-mails in a growing review of possible waste, fraud, and mismanagement at the University. Texas Tech Regents are trying to hide phone records. We have also asked for documents detailing payments to former Chancellor Kent Hance since his resignation. The University now claims he is still a part time employee.
In letters to the Texas Attorney General, Texas Tech lawyer Ronny Wall complains Dolcefino Consulting has asked for the records to pressure Texas Tech to pay Coach Leach.
“First of all, Mr. Wall has no business questioning my motives,” says Dolcefino. “The law makes that quite clear. Second, the records belong to the people of Texas, including the good folks in Lubbock. What are they hiding?”
Supporters can sign the petition at PayCoachLeach.com . The website also has a way to leave tips about possible misconduct at Texas Tech University.
Elizabeth Pace of KLBK interviews Coach Mike Leach and Wayne Dolcefino about the money the famous coach is owed by Texas Tech University:
“I plan to expose that they never have arrived at any cause or completed investigation on the subject and worse they can’t even select a reason,” Leach said. “They bounced back over the years hoping something would happen, and literally nothing happened and I did nothing wrong. They were upset that I wouldn’t sign a low-ball contract and they were embarrassed and they cheat me out of what they agreed to pay me.”
“Texas Tech has been offered a choice, pay the guy,” Dolcifino said. “People in Lubbock work hard. If you worked hard and weren’t paid, you’d be mad too. This guy was leading the Red Raiders in the best season in their history and then they cheat him. They’re going to pay him back or we’re going to find out the truth of what happened.” READ MORE