"At this point, we would recommend an independent, third-party investigator," Gwynne said.
IMG College President Ben Sutton Jr. and West Virginia Media Holdings President Bray Cary are longtime acquaintances.
WVU Board of Governors Chairman Drew Payne serves on West Virginia Media's board of directors and held a major stake in the media firm until last year. Payne, who stands to benefit financially from the media rights deal, has said he played no role in selecting IMG or West Virginia Media, which haven't reached a formal agreement.
The third-tier media rights cover some non-conference football and basketball games, non-revenue sports, radio broadcast rights, coaches' shows, signage, online content and seatback sales.
Last month, WVU started a review of how IMG was selected. The university has suspended the bid process amid the inquiry.
Raese alleges WVU officials violated university and state purchasing rules when IMG was tentatively selected to handle the university's third-tier media rights.
WVU administrators have declined to comment on the allegations.Reach Eric Eyre at erice...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4869.