Nice Use of FOI in Sports: WVU Coach’s Agreement

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Here is a nice example of the old maxim: always, always ask.

Bill Stewart’s alleged past indiscretions with NCAA rules helped conspire to cost him his future as West Virginia University’s football coach.

The Charleston Daily Mail obtained – through the Freedom of Information Act – the seven-page modified employment agreement Stewart and WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck signed on Nov. 17.

That was four days after the Mountaineers defeated Cincinnati to begin a four-game winning streak at the end of the regular season, but also the day WVU agreed to advance the ongoing NCAA infractions case through the summary disposition process.

The Nov. 17 agreement was amended in a three-paragraph letter on Dec. 7, three days after WVU’s regular season ended. It is under the guidelines spelled out there that Stewart will work the 2011 season as WVU’s football coach.

 

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