"It would be inappropriate for our office to speculate about how we would handle a potential disagreement with a client," Ryan said.
When the office formally announced the implementation of the six-page policy in July, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey championed the measure as proof of the office wanted the public to know about how it hired private attorneys.
"This policy sends a strong message that West Virginia will be transparent and accountable with respect to the use of outside counsel," Morrisey said in the release.
The policy applies to the hiring of private attorneys to represent the state and state agencies. A "draft policy" was implemented in April, and the office handled more than a dozen cases under the draft policy, according to the news release. The final policy officially took effect July 16.
This is not the only NCAA issue potentially facing the WVU football team, according to Daily Mail archives.
Associate head coach/special teams coordinator Joe DeForest is reportedly accused in a Sports Illustrated investigation of paying athletes who made certain plays while he coached at Oklahoma State University.
In a statement Monday, Sports Illustrated announced a five-piece investigative report called "The Dirty Game" looks at the Oklahoma State football program and alleged transgressions from 2001 to 2010. The announcement mentions several coaches by name and references several assistant coaches. It does not specifically mention DeForest.
The first part of the report is available online today, according to the announcement.
DeForest, an assistant with Oklahoma State from 2001 to 2011, denied the allegations to The Oklahoman newspaper. In a statement Saturday that did not mention DeForest by name, Athletic Director Oliver Luck acknowledged a pending report in the sports magazine.
"Upon learning of the pending investigative report, WVU launched an internal review to ensure the coach's full compliance to NCAA rules while at West Virginia," Luck said in the statement.
"The NCAA has also been contacted. While our assistant football coach has denied the allegations, it is the right thing to do to look into the matter and review practices here."
Luck concluded the statement by saying WVU would make no further comment "while the review is taking place."
Although the school has said its work with the Bond, Schoeneck and King law firm involves a single eligibility issue, the contract itself is open ended.
It states the firm will provide services on "various legal matters that may arise from time to time during the term of this Agreement, on a project-to-project basis."
The contract says WVU can end the agreement with written notice to the firm, but there is no set length for the agreement included in the contract. The contract lists no particular deadlines for when it expects the law firm to complete any work.
The contract also allows for the possibility the agreement will extend beyond the current fiscal year.
Bolt said the document is the standard contract WVU uses for hiring outside counsel. Regarding Luck's statement, he declined to comment as to whether the law firm — or any other private attorneys — are working for the school in connection to the allegations concerning DeForest.