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