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This is the news that Red Raider fans have been waiting to hear. The winningest coach in Texas Tech football history is coming back to Lubbock.

Sorry. He is not coming back to coach football.

Coach Leach is returning to Lubbock to sign copies of the new book “Double T – Double Cross – Double Take: The Firing of Coach Mike Leach by Texas Tech University.”

The book signing will start at 6 PM on July 23, 2018 at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at 6002 Slide Road, Lubbock, Texas 79414.

“I am looking so forward to seeing all my friends and fans who supported me while I had the pleasure of coaching the Red Raiders to the best season ever, and the folks who continue to support me as I fight to simply get paid what I was promised”, says Coach Leach.

Texas Tech is still hiding lots of records detailing the firing of Mike Leach. They are even ignoring the order of a Lubbock Judge. The University is also fighting release of records on sexual harassment and sexual assaults on campus, along with communications with Lubbock Police about sex crimes on campus.

“Every day they cheat Mike Leach is another day that the character of Texas Tech school officials takes a real hit with donors, parents and students,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting, the Houston based Investigative Communications Firm fighting for transparency at Tech.

“What are they hiding? Think about the lessons they are teaching the kids. You can get away with being a cheat. Your word means nothing. It’s okay to lie. Is that really the lesson a great school should be teaching?”

Come see Mike Leach on Monday evening, July 23, 2018.

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Texas Tech has decided to ignore an order from State District Judge Bill Sowder just one day after the Lubbock judge ruled a lawsuit filed by Dolcefino Consulting could move forward.

The appeal by Texas Tech and the Texas Attorney General will stall the fight to finally give Texans their fundamental right to see public records the University has been hiding for nine years, records detailing the investigation used to cheat former Tech Football Coach Mike Leach out of 2.5 million dollars he is still owed.

Judge Sowder had already criticized the University in court for playing word games to justify the withholding of key records. Dolcefino Consulting has also accused the University General Counsel Ronny Wall of ongoing attempts to impose illegal charges to intentionally withheld public records.

Judge Sowder included this message to the lawyers in his court order Monday.

“Issues of what to produce and how much to charge for production are not difficult matters and the Court expects reasonableness as opposed to nitpicking to control the ins and outs of this case.”

Today, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed notice of appeal a notice of appeal to the 7th Court of Appeals in Amarillo.

“Apparently Texas Tech would rather waste more time and money rather than try a new tactic, the truth,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “This conspiracy to keep
secrets and cover up the fraud perpetrated against Mike Leach has stained the reputation of a great University. Apparently protecting the big-wigs is more important.”

Texas Tech has used the legal fight over the Leach records to also conceal any history of sexual assaults on campus, and payments to vendors of the Red Raider football team.

“Ken Paxton is the Texas State Official who is supposed to safeguard the public right to know, but here he is helping Texas Tech try to keep secrets from students, parents, donors and
taxpayers, says Dolcefino. “ What a great campaign slogan for the fall.”

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Judge Bill Sowder has sent a message to Texas Tech that Dolcefino Consulting’s lawsuit will move forward in his court.

In his message Judge Sowder writes, “In addition, it appears to the Court that the issues of what to produce and how much to charge for production are not difficult matters and the Court expects reasonableness as opposed to nitpicking to control the ins and outs of this case.”

Earlier this month, attorneys for Texas Tech and the Texas Attorney General’s Office tried to claim the request for the completed investigation into the firing of Coach Mike Leach wasn’t provided because the investigation was interrupted. Judge Sowder called that wordsmithing.

“Finally we have a real chance to finally expose Texas Tech’s scheme to cheat Mike Leach, and then show Red Raiders the sham investigation used to get rid of the Coach,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “Tech is also hiding reports of sexual incidents on campus, payments to companies from the football team, and trying play games to keep us from seeing phone records and e-mails of Regents.”

Tech has tried all kinds of ways to keep public records secret including bogus and illegal charges for production.

“It is sad the Regents have not seen the value of restoring the school’s tarnished reputation,” says Dolcefino, “Paying the Coach what they owe him to erase the stain of dishonesty and remove the curse that many believe plagued the Tech football team. I stand ready to help them close this chapter. I also stand ready to expose all the secrets at Tech. Their choice.”

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The Texas Tech Board of Regents are scheduled to meet next week, and Dolcefino Consulting has requested they consider beginning negotiations to pay Mike Leach.

In a letter to Chairman L. Frederick Francis dated May 9, 2018, Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting, urged the Regents to “write the last chapter of this unfortunate football divorce.”

“We have in recent weeks, learned a lot about the failings of the process used by Texas Tech in the Coach Leach matter,” wrote Dolcefino, “Every major university in the state has made decisions, right or wrong, to change football coaches. In all, but one case, the schools have worked out a financial settlement.”

Earlier this week the Texas Attorney General’s Office filed an Advisory to the Court on behalf of Texas Tech. It tries to clean up the bad court day Tech had when the Judge told them their arguments in a public records lawsuit filed by Dolcefino Consulting, were wordsmithing and did not the pass the smell test.

“Supporters of Mike Leach talk about a curse on Texas Tech,” wrote Dolcefino, “They say the University is teaching kids a horrible lesson in the way the University has cheated Coach Leach… all that should matter, is ending this horrible chapter and the damage it has done to the legacy of the Red Raider Nation.”

Dolcefino Consulting urges Texas Tech to lift the curse of the pirate, and pay coach Leach.

Fans and alumni can raise their voice by signing the petition at paycoachleach.com.

The Texas Tech Board of Regents is scheduled to meet in Lubbock on Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18, 2018.

5-9-2018 FRANCIS LETTER

We promised to keep you updated on Dolcefino Consulting’s public records court fight with Texas Tech.

Dolcefino filed suit in January after Texas Tech failed to produce documents related to several requests for open records, including documents never released in the Coach Mike Leach Investigation.

The winningest coach in school history was fired in December 2009, kept from leading his team in a bowl game, and the University refused to pay him $2.5 million dollars they owed.

Embedded below is an Advisory to the Court filed by the Texas Attorney General’s Office, on behalf of Texas Tech. It tries to clean up the bad court day Tech had when the Judge told them their arguments were wordsmithing and did not the pass the smell test.

If Pinocchio had continued on like this, he would have stayed a donkey, instead of becoming a real boy.

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Texas Tech’s Board of Regents are meeting next Thursday and Friday, May 17th and 18th. We will release the letter we sent to the Chairman of the Board of Regents, calling on them to put the Coach Leach payment on the agenda.

Fans and alumni can raise their voice by signing the petition here.

Advisory to the Court FINAL

Wayne Dolcefino is headed to Lubbock for an important court fight with Texas Tech over the public’s right to know.

Texas Tech University says State District Judge Bill Sowder doesn’t even have the legal right to hear the case because he doesn’t have jurisdiction over the suit.

Dolcefino filed suit in January after Texas Tech failed to produce documents related to several requests for open records, including documents never released in the Mike Leach Investigation.

The winningest coach in school history was fired in December 2009, kept from leading his team in a bowl game, and the University refused to pay him $2.5 million dollars they owed.

Wayne Dolcefino is the long time investigative journalist and President of Houston based Dolcefino Consulting, an investigative communications firm.

Dolcefino is represented by Dallas attorneys Julie Pettit of The Pettit Law Firm, and Michael Hurst from Lynn Pinker Cox Hurst LLP.

“Texas Tech is a state university getting tens of millions of dollars, yet they are now spending school money to fight your right to know,” says Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting, “Tech is hiding the truth about the conspiracy to fire and cheat Mike Leach and it is time for them to come clean. They should use the school’s money to educate, not fight transparency. What in the world are they hiding from Red Raider fans?”

The hearing is scheduled for 1:30 pm Thursday, May 3 in Judge Bill Sowder’s Courtroom at the Lubbock County Courthouse.

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Texas Tech is now claiming they cannot release records of sex assault and harassment complaints on the Lubbock campus because of a lawsuit filed by Dolcefino Consulting.

“Our lawsuit doesn’t have a thing to do with sex cases, just the improper conspiracy to fire Mike Leach and cheat him out of millions of dollars. Tech is hiding records and hiding the truth, but parents should be furious that now they want to hide their sex assault records using the Leach fight as a cover,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting.

Dallas Attorneys Michael Hurst and Julie Pettit updated their lawsuit today against Tech for violations of the Texas Public Information Act.

The brief details the nearly 40 requests for public information filed by Dolcefino Consulting, and Texas Tech’s refusal to produce documents which should be available to the public.

“Tech claims they are immune from a public information lawsuit, they claim Lubbock Judge William ‘Bill’ Sawder doesn’t have the right to rule, and they claim they can keep secrets about the Coach Leach railroad job secret from Red Raider fans,” says Dolcefino.

Tech has asked for a hearing on May 3, 2018. Dolcefino says they are ready for a long legal battle.

“What is really sad is Texas Tech could release every single one of these records today. Instead they waste taxpayer money and money for education, to fight the public right to know. Students, Parents and Taxpayers should be asking what they are hiding. Sounds like the truth about the Leach firing isn’t out.”

Some people think the truth hasn’t come out about alleged sexism and sexual harassment in Tech’s Biology department. The University conducted an investigation after video of a retirement party for a staff member surfaced. The results of that investigation have since

disappeared from Tech’s website, but news articles say the University essentially exonerated the department.

Dolcefino Consulting recently asked for records related to sexual assault and harassment, but Tech went to the AG, claiming those records shouldn’t be released because of ongoing litigation.

“Now the University wants to hide documents detailing allegations of sexual harassment and assault on campus, and they want to blame us,” says Dolcefino. “The University is hiding a lot more than records proving the Coach Leach firing was improper I suspect.”

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Dolcefino v. TTU_1st Am Pet

Lubbock State District Judge, William “Bill” Sowder has set a date of May 18th for the first courtroom battle over records Texas Tech is trying to hide from Red Raider fans, students, parents and taxpayers.

Texas Tech University has withheld records detailing the investigation of former coach, Mike Leach and expenditures of the football team.

Dolcefino Consulting sought a deposition of a Texas Tech official last week. The University has moved to block the questioning, citing in part the same 100-year old sovereign immunity law used to cheat coach Leach out of 2.5 million dollars.

Dallas attorneys, Michael Hurst and Julie Pettit now want a hearing to fight for the public right to know.

“It is time to set the record straight,” says Hurst. “It is time for the whole truth. The public’s right to know should be honored by Texas Tech. What are they hiding?”

“It is sad that a Texas State University is now spending taxpayer money to fight the taxpayers’ right to know,” says Pettit. “All Dolcefino Consulting wants is sunshine and transparency. It is time to end the secrecy.”

“Every day more of the truth is coming out, one way or the other,” says Wayne Dolcefino, president of the Houston based investigation communications firm, Dolcefino Consulting. “We have already exposed the sweetheart deal given former Chancellor, Kent Hance, the secret communications that exposed the plan to cheat Coach Leach out of money he earned. Everyday Texas Tech is damaging their reputation by this arrogant withholding of public records. Coach Leach deserves the truth, but even more important, Red Raider fans deserve to know.”

Dolcefino is the long time investigative television reporter who has waged numerous battles for transparency.

“None of the records Texas Tech is hiding are confidential. The university could release them all tomorrow, avoiding the continued waste of money that should be spent on the kids,” says Dolcefino. “It is time to end the secrecy, or the mistreatment of Coach Leach will sadly curse the Red Raider nation. It doesn’t have to.

The legal action by Dolcefino Consulting followed the refusal of Texas Tech to release records obtained during the Leach investigation.

“It is time for legislators in Austin to ask what the university is hiding. We have intentionally focused our investigation on former Tech officials because they are the ones we know conspired to fire Leach and keep money owed to him, but time is running out for the current regents to do the right thing,” says Dolcefino.

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