"John Raese has had a very lucrative deal up there with West Virginia Radio and he is trying to protect it," Payne said.
Sources indicated the Feb. 20 pause was a standard and built-in response to a third party protesting the awarding of a contract at WVU.
Raese also sent letters asking the state attorney general to look into the deal.
On Tuesday the university issued a statement saying school officials also would like for Morrisey to do so.
"West Virginia University has asked the Office of the West Virginia Attorney General to provide outside legal advice and assistance on its previously announced internal review of the Tier 3 media rights process," the statement said.
The statement reiterated that the school has suspended the Tier 3 bid process. It said school officials would have no further comment at this time.
Morrisey also issued a statement Tuesday morning detailing his involvement.
"Through our engagement, we will help ensure that all applicable laws and regulations are being followed," he said.
"To facilitate this review, WVU has offered to provide the Attorney General's Office with all necessary information, access and resources," he said.
Morrisey also said, "In light of our new engagement with West Virginia University, this office will not make any further statements at this time."Contact writer Jared Hunt at busin...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4836.