MORGANTOWN. W.Va. — Michael Glazier, whose law group is working with WVU regarding a football player’s eligibility, has a contentious history with Mountaineers basketball coach Bob Huggins dating back to a 1998 NCAA probe at Cincinnati.

Huggins declined comment Thursday on West Virginia athletics director Oliver Luck’s decision to hire the college sports division of Bond, Schoeneck & King—of which Glazier is a managing partner.

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Michael Glazier’s firm Bond, Schoeneck & King was hired by WVU regarding a football player’s eligibility issue.

Nicknamed “The Cleaner,” Glazier most recently proved integral in helping Oregon’s football program dodge major sanctions after it paid scout Willie Lyles $25,000 to influence the recruitment of running back Lache Seastrunk. The attorney, a former seven-year NCAA staffer, has assisted schools in several other high-profile NCAA cases, including the Kelvin Sampson basketball mess at Indiana, the Nevin Shapiro football scandal at Miami, and THE Maurice Clarett episode at Ohio State.

Before any of those cases, however, Glazier was brought in by the University of Cincinnati as part of a 1997 investigation into the eligibility of junior college point guard Charles Williams. Huggins initially balked at UC hiring outside counsel and later claimed that Glazier’s firm squeezed an additional $250,000 from the school by overstating violations in order to prolong the probe.

“There’s absolutely no question that they extended the investigation for monetary gain,” Huggins told the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1998.

Several violations Glazier alleged in his audit of the Williams situation were subsequently disputed by the school or dismissed by the NCAA. In fact 19 of 22 violations originally pinned on Huggins’ top assistant John Loyer were dropped, though the Bearcats were docked three scholarships over two seasons. (Loyer left Cincinnati in 1999 and has worked in the NBA ever since, currently serving on the Detroit Pistons’ staff.)

“I think at the very least, if John Loyer’s expected to pay for making some mistakes, then I think the law firm should be expected to pay for making all these charges—and being totally inaccurate on 19, 20 of them,” Huggins told The Enquirer in 1998. “In other realms of business, if you’re off that far, if you screw up that much, it’s going to be tough to get another job.

“We’ve never gotten an apology, not ‘We screwed up. We’re sorry.’ None of that.”

Glazier, once labeled a “bounty hunter” by former Pitt football coach Mike Gottfried, declined to be interviewed Thursday. In a 2008 ESPN.com story Glazier explained the pushback he sometimes encounters in his work, which can equate to running an internal affairs investigation.

“We’re charged with finding out the truth, and we do that,” Glazier said. “Sometimes we can learn the allegations aren’t founded, but oftentimes they are. And when they are, we say that. We don’t hide anything.”

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Luck did not immediately return a message left at his office Thursday, but he told Charleston Daily Mail capitol reporter Dave Boucher the school “needed expertise that we didn’t possess along our in-house lawyers.” It remains unclear whether the case involves one of two football signees awaiting NCAA approval or a player already enrolled and practicing.

The school may have circumvented university protocol by signing a contract with Bond, Schoeneck & King on July 9, well before the athletic department received clearance from the West Virginia Attorney General’s office on July 26.

Attorney General spokeswoman Beth Ryan reiterated to MetroNews the AG’s office “was not aware of any written contract entered into prior to the waiver/written determination dated July 26.”

MetroNews has attempted to seek clarification on the 17-day gap from April Min, WVU’s associate vice president for legal affairs. Min did not return the message as of Thursday evening.

Correction: The original version of this article referenced Oliver Luck signing the contract with Bond, Schoeneck & King, but WVU spokesperson John Bolt informed MetroNews the contract was signed by William Hutchens, vice president and general counsel for the school.

Bolt also issued this statement regarding the involvement of Glazier’s firm:

“While we cannot get into specifics about particular cases because of attorney-client and privacy constraints, I can tell you that WVU had verbal approval to proceed with contracting with the particular law firm prior to the written contracts being signed. As for your other specific questions regarding this instance, again I draw your attention to the attorney general’s waiver and the areas being covered. I can confirm, however, that the issues involve a technical question concerning the initial eligibility of a student athlete and are not related to any potential NCAA violations. We expect the matter to be resolved very soon.”

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Comments

  • wvrefugee

    Now, back to the story!!!!! Huggins doesn't want this guy to come here because of questionable practices by him and his staff the past two years. This will come out as a result of the investigation. No fan of Luck here, just stating facts. Exactly what happened at Cincy!

    • Barry

      Yes, I totally agree. It amazes me how some people will attack the messenger. Look at what happened at Penn State. People were willingly ignorant to what went on there for years. I am not saying that anything at WVU is near that bad, but people should not attack a Columnist for shedding light on these issues.

  • JR Yost1

    Metro News is doing nothing but trying to dig up mud. Thats all they have left when it comes to sports. Except for Marshall, LOL, good luck with all 500 readers there. Get over it JR and employees doing his bidding. JR should be run out of this state. No facts always accusations. What about that enormous bid proposal you made for 3rd Tiers rights? What a joke, JR has made millions on WVU. You guys are just to small to handle marketing WVU, get over it.
    At least TC got out. Bet that sticks in several crawls at Metro.

  • Gary Christopher

    I am really getting tired of the innuendo and false statements being made by this news outlet and this reporter in particular. In fact, the best way to demonstrate my dissatisfaction is simply to ignore this writer. In West Virginia these days, it has become a sad affair with the media particular one owned by Raese.

  • Magic Mike

    SEC is getting away with paying players. Google Alabama players flashing cash.

  • cutty77

    I'm going to take up for Alan a little here. He's been put in a Tuff Place. His Boss is a fight with WVU,but Alan works for WVRC,and gets his checks from him. The Boss ain't always right,but the Boss is always the Boss. Please ease up on Alan.

  • WVUDAD

    Luck's BS continues...... The highest profile coach at WVU calling him out for hiring this guy.... Luck HAS to go, and take your buddy Holgorsen with you before WVU is the laughing stock of college sports. Those two are going to make Cignetti's years look great.

    • Barry

      Dude if anyone needs to go it is Thuggins

  • JDOT82

    Like College Ave stated earlier, this is not the same old WVU. Oliver Lucks job is to do what will put WVU athletics in the best position to succeed. That means making money.
    He is doing the same things that every other major college in the country is doing. Asking for forgiveness, not permission. Its how every major business is ran, its how every successful NCAA institution is ran.

  • hailey

    Allan, I am not fan of J R , but I think you do a nice job covering the Mountaineers. Do I always agree, no, but you are more than fair.

    Time for you to leave the dark side and move to IMG.

  • BigBadJohnHenry

    When the Feds get through in Mingo County prosecuting an idiot Judge and a complete moronic County Commish, maybe then the Feds can go to Morgantown and root out some of the real corruption that is in this state. A federal investigation of the WVU President and WVU athletic department seems long overdue. The stench that imminates from WVU and Morgantown smells much like when you drive by the South Charleston waste water treatment facility. P-U.

  • Chris

    I love Metro-news, but I really wish Mr. Raese, whom I have Tremendous respect for, would just drop the thing and do what is right for himself, WVU, and the people of WV.

    The right thing to do is to sign on with IMG so we can all get the signal, and so Mr. Raese can make some money instead of squandering it. Everybody knows that IMG is the right fit and that IMG has the resources to best represent the financial needs of WVU as it tries to keep pace with the current.

    And as a staunch conservative, Mr. Raese should certainly understand this. Sign on Mr. Raese. Please think of the whole.

    Respectfully submitted.

  • STEVE DAVIS

    Don't know Mr. Taylor. Have never met the man. My observation is that he reported a story...and it is a legitimate story. Maybe not earth-shaking but legitimate. It's interesting. Don't know what difference it makes but it's interesting. Maybe it's not a great story. Maybe it wasn't interesting enough to publish. Readers have a right to draw such conclusions. To assume a "not so great" story means the journalist has lost all integrity is quite a stretch though. My advice to Mr. Taylor is to not respond. Rise above it young man.

  • richard

    wait and see.....O. LUCK WILL GET WVU IN TROUBLE BEFORE IT'S ALL SAID AND! sometime soon he will go too far and break a rule that we will get put on probation for. i like some of the stuff he has done....but here lately he is getting a little to close to trouble. watch your step mr. luck or you will have WVU in a pinch.

  • THE MEB

    I am not saying what or who is right or wrong. My point is that the WVRC/Metro news that so many of you are lambasting, right or wrong, is the same element that is allowing you to lambaste them in their own column. At least WVRC can stand for freedom of the press if nothing else in this particular case IMO.

  • Fentanyl Bomb

    Hasenpfeffer with a soured grape reduction.

    Any whine will do. Preferably white, though.

  • Justin

    Went from lil working class WVU to Money and Greed WVU...Come on Oilver think of the fans a lil more