14.Jul.2011 Why “The Cleaner” Has Been Deputized
This response came from someone I consider a definitive source on both Oregon politics and the University of Oregon. His name was omitted. After you read the first sentence you'll understand why. Sorry, gotta respect privacy or I won't get answers like this in the future.
Feel free to post this. If you use my name I am worried they will burn down my house.
UO wanted to hire Glazier in part because of his insider NCAA connections, in part because as an attorney UO can hide his advice, emails, etc from release under Oregon public records law by claiming attorney-client privilege.
But state law gives the Oregon DOJ a monopoly on providing legal services to state agencies. And the attorney-client exemption only applies if he's providing legal advice.
The only way around this conundrum was to deputize him as a "Special Assistant Attorney General". Such deputization is very rare – obviously some UO booster has a lot of pull with Attorney General Kroger!
I have a public records request in to UO General Counsel Randy Geller to find out if athletics is going to pick up any of Glazier's $150,000 cost, or if the academic side is going to be left with the bag again. So far Randy won't answer that!
This actually supports the rumor (and that all it was at the time) I posted last week that several high profile boosters were involved in this fiasco. Looks like there’s a little more meat on that bone as of today. It also highlights the depth of this cover up. Despite what they're saying publicly, they sure aren't acting like a team that believes they did nothing wrong. What's that old saying about actions speaking louder than words?