"Mr. Payne's failure to affirmatively act to recuse himself raises questions whether he violated the state Ethics Act," Raese wrote.
A WVU spokeswoman would not comment Wednesday.
Payne has said he no longer will comment on Raese's allegations. Payne previously accused Raese's company, West Virginia Radio Corp., of having a decades-long "sweetheart deal" to broadcast WVU football and basketball games. West Virginia Radio also was one of seven unsuccessful bidders for WVU's media rights contract -- valued at $110 million over 12 years.
Raese's letter to the WVU board also raised numerous questions about WVU's acquisition of Panasonic scoreboards for the Coliseum and Mountaineer Field five years ago. Raese included excerpts from emails sent and received by former WVU athletic director Ed Pastilong.
Raese's letter said Panasonic's representative, Richard Ballard, pushed the scoreboard deal. Ballard's brother, Ralph Ballard, holds a major stake in West Virginia Media, according to Federal Communications Commission filings.
The WVU Foundation initially promised to donate the scoreboards to the university, but WVU wound up paying $5 million for the two boards, according to Raese's letter. The purchase wasn't competitively bid, Raese alleged.
Raese's letter also spotlights connections among WVU officials, athletic director Oliver Luck and men's basketball coach Bob Huggins.
". . . In 2010, Luck gave Huggins his raise, [WVU President] Jim Clements gave Luck his big raise, and Payne and the Board of Governors gave Clements his big raise," Raese wrote. "Meanwhile, the athletic department is bleeding red ink, the football team is setting records for all-time defensive failures, and the basketball team -- oh well."
Reach Eric Eyre at erice...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4869.