Morrisey's report also scolded Payne, saying he had a conflict of interest because he serves on the board of directors of West Virginia Media, a Charleston company that hoped to partner with IMG College on the media rights deal.
"... [Payne] wouldn't know a conflict of interest if it hit him in the face," Raese said Monday.
In his formal protest letter, Raese said WVU's plans to rebid the media rights contract "tars the innocent with the dirt of the guilty."
Raese asks WVU to keep associate athletic director Mike Szul and deputy AD Mike Parsons on a panel charged with evaluating contract proposals. Szul and Parsons were potential roadblocks to IMG winning the bid.
They originally served on a three-member panel headed by Luck. Luck added three members to the committee after the group opened bids for the media rights contract, and Parsons and Szul never voted to award a tentative contract to IMG and West Virginia Media, according to Morrisey's report.
Parsons told Morrisey that he wasn't "in favor of outsourcing the university's media rights," while Szul "was concerned about reaching true comparative financial numbers between the respective proposals and the Mountaineer Sports Network."
Raese said that Luck shouldn't serve on the three-member committee, and the university should appoint another WVU employee.
"AD Luck is a personal friend of the president of West Virginia Media, Mr. Bray Cary," Raese wrote in his protest letter.
Raese also asks that the university restore a scoring system that the committee planned to use to evaluate companies' proposals. Luck scrapped the weighted scoring system and the panel selected IMG based on "consensus," according to Morrisey's report.
Raese's company has handled WVU football and men's basketball games for decades through a partnership with WVU-owned MSN, which now holds the media rights.
The third-tier rights cover some non-conference football and basketball games, non-revenue sports, radio broadcast rights, coaches' shows, signage, online content and seatback sales.
Raese first asked WVU to scrap its tentative media rights deal with IMG College and West Virginia Media Holdings in February. In a letter to WVU President James Clements, Raese said the university should rebid the contract.
At the time, Raese told Clements that West Virginia Radio would not submit another bid for the media rights if WVU dropped its tentative agreement with IMG. However, Raese said he would reserve his right to protest the contract.
WVU officials would not respond to Raese's allegations Monday.Reach Eric Eyre at erice...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4869.