A WVU spokeswoman said the university received Raese's letter Tuesday but provided no additional comment.
Raese also alleged that WVU Board of Governors Chairman Drew Payne apparently violated the state Ethics Act when he disclosed to the media that WVU would net $5 million a year from its contract with IMG, which planned to partner with West Virginia Media Holdings.
Payne, a West Virginia Media shareholder, stood to gain financially from the contract.
State ethics law bars public officials from disclosing confidential information that would further their "personal interests or the interests of another person."
Morrisey's report dismissed Payne's statements to the media as "hyperbole," saying Payne never received specific financial details about WVU's proposed deal with IMG and West Virginia Media, which owns four television news stations across the state.
Raese's letter also jokingly makes references to the movie "Pulp Fiction" (his letter starts with recent developments, then moves back in time) and the television series "Dragnet" (Raese writes that he's presenting "just the facts, ma'am"). Raese also suggests that Morrisey "bring 'Pinocchio' into The Biggest Fish Tale, but we would ask the AG to remember what happens to Pinocchio's nose."
Raese said it's "shameful and disgraceful" that WVU board members seem to be "going along with" university officials' recent statements about the media rights contract.
"This is certainly not the way to build the public trust, and you are participating in all of this," Raese wrote. "As the old saying goes: 'Oh, the web we weave.'"
The university's third-tier media rights cover some nonconference football and basketball games, nonrevenue sports, radio broadcast rights, coaches' shows, signage, online content and seatback sales.
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