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Judge rules WVU can’t stop letter publication

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A state judge rejected WVU’s request to prohibit West Virginia Radio Corp. (WVRC) from publishing open letters, about university practices and Athletic Director Oliver Luck, in media outlets.

Judge Thomas Evans issued his ruling on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

WVRC initially sued WVU and several officials over various procurement issues, one of which was the awarding of the university’s media rights to IMG College.

An investigation by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey found WVU had not followed its own procedures when it initially awarded the rights, but committed no intentional wrongdoing. The contract was rebid and again awarded to IMG.

The initial complaint said, among other things, that some or all of the defendants are guilty of fraud, conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duty and violation of the Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act.

WVU argued for the ban as the attacks crossed into personal attacks on Luck…

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