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
In just one weekend, nearly a thousand people have already called on Texas Tech to pay Coach Mike Leach what they owe him.
The petition drive is on-line at paycoachleach.com and also on Facebook.
Supporters of the former Red Raider coach showed their support during the homecoming game, waving the #PAYCOACHLEACH balloons handed out before the game. One supporter walked ten miles to express his support, and another Red Raider offered to donate $500 dollars cash to the Coach.
“Texas Tech will have a stain on the reputation of the school until they pay Mike Leach what he is owed,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “Any company in Lubbock that does business with the University should wonder if the school can break their contract and get away with it.”
Leach has hired Dolcefino Consulting to investigate waste, fraud and abuse at Texas Tech. The website paycoachleach.com also provides a way for folks to provide tips. The University is already fighting our public information requests for the phone records of Regents.
“The Regents claim they don’t know which calls they make are personal or Texas Tech business,” says Dolcefino, “How convenient. They are smart folks. They can figure it out if they want.”
The phone records will show if Regents communicated with school vendors.
At a press conference this weekend, Dolcefino detailed the investigation now underway to also uncover just how many hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money has been spent by the school to fight the payment of $2.5 million dollars owed to Leach.
WHEN: 10:00 am, Saturday October 21, 2017
WHERE: Footbridge near the Northwest Corner of Jones AT&T Stadium between lot C-1 and the Stadium
It’s time for Coach Mike Leach to get paid.
In 2009, Texas Tech University fired the most winning football coach in University history, after allegations he mistreated a player. Leach was never charged, and the University never paid him the more than $2 million dollars he was contracted to be paid.
Tomorrow, Wayne Dolcefino, president of Dolcefino Consulting, will speak at a press event outside the stadium. Coach Leach wants all of his supporters to show up and sign the petition to compel the University to make good on his contract.
Texas Tech doesn’t deny the members of the Board of Regents talk about government business on their phones. We all know they do. The University just doesn’t want you to see who they talked to.
What’s the big secret?
Dolcefino Consulting filed a formal request under the Texas Public Information Act for the phone records of the Regents, along with former Chancellor Kent Hance. The request only seeks records of phone calls and text messages relating to the business of Texas Tech.
Texas Tech University’s fiscal year 2017 operating budget was over $926 million dollars, an increase of $27 million dollars over the previous year.
The Texas Attorney General has previously ruled the detailed cell phone records of public employees and government officials are public, and defines the University as a major state agency. However, the school is arguing the Regents are just appointed, only meet five times a year, and have no individual power.
“My favorite argument from the esteemed University lawyer is all these smart Regents won’t be able to tell which phone calls were business and which ones were personal,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “I say take a stab. You can do it. This is an important fight for the public’s right to know. Most University business is being done by phone and e-mail and Texas Tech knows it. They just want to hide it.”
The phone records were requested as part of a widening investigation by the Houston based Investigative Communications Firm run by former Investigative Reporter Wayne Dolcefino.
Dolcefino Consulting is also probing the refusal of the University to pay former football coach Mike Leach, who led the Red Raiders to the best winning season in history. The University still owes Leach $2.5 million dollars.
Leach, now a football coach for Washington State has waged his own campaign to get the money he is owed. On Twitter, #PAYCOACHLEACH has a growing number of supporters.
“Maybe Texas Tech needs help finding waste in the University so they have the money to pay Leach,” says Dolcefino. “We are going to help them find it.”TEXAS TECH CORR TO AG 10-12-17