Toxicity at Texas Tech

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Ronny Wall and Marlene Stollings toxic at Texas Tech

The widening scandal in the Texas Tech woman’s basketball program is highlighting the significance of the two-and-a-half-year legal fight over Coach Mike Leach records.

The Houston based investigative media firm Dolcefino Consulting has now asked an Austin judge to hold Texas Tech in contempt for fighting the sworn testimony of University lawyer Ronnie Wall.

Tech has fought Wall’s testimony since it was ordered in January, and he faces tough questions about the destruction of records in the Leach case and the overcharging of public records.

One of the journalists who broke the Tech woman’s basketball scandal fought for a year to get Wall to release public records exposing the scandal.

“The only reason why they fired Marlene Stollings was our story came out” says Daniel Libit of the Intercollegiate news website. “It is a culture of retrenchment (at Texas Tech) where you protect at all costs and circle the wagons at all costs.”

While Associate General Counsel Ronny Wall refused to turn over the records, female players continued to complain of abuse and fear of retaliation. “How much alleged suffering could have mitigated?” Libit complained in a recent blog on the Tech scandal.

That is exactly what Leach has been fighting to expose at Tech for ten years.  In his case, it was the contrived firing of the winningest coach in school history after a shoddy investigation that included lies to donors and fans.

“My records aren’t the only ones that Texas Tech is covering up, they’re covering up any records that they feel like covering up which has nothing to do with democracy, the constitution or the legislation around open records, and so no, all those records should be revealed,” Leach said.

Austin Judge Paul Davis has set a hearing for September 11 to deal with the motion for sanctions against the University as well as a motion to disqualify the Texas attorney general.

Wall has been busted twice for overcharging Dolcefino Consulting for public records. The administrative judge in West Texas has failed to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the illegal withholding of some regents’ phone records.

“It is time for someone to expose how ridiculous this game of hide and seek is,” says Dolcefino. “We are supposed to complain to the Texas attorney general when a state university hides public records but in this case they are the school’s lawyers. This is the most ridiculous conflict of interest and it is past time for the attorney general to get out of the way in this fight, because they certainly have no interest in helping the public right to know.”

“I feel like there’s something clearly endemic going on a Texas Tech at just the level of what happened with Marlene Stollings and some of the other things,” Libit said. “There does seem to be like an issue there, a cancer.”

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