Wednesday's meeting, which featured two former UT regents, UT-Austin President
At the conclusion of the daylong meeting, the panel instructed its outside counsel,
Hardin's role has gradually taken on a more prosecutorial slant. He disclosed for the first time Wednesday that Hall sought this summer to get the
Cigarroa confirmed Hardin's disclosure but said the computer analysis sought by Hall wasn't pursued. "There were discussions about forensics, and we said it's inappropriate," the chancellor said.
Cigarroa said he was also troubled by Hall's request for records on personal travel by Powers, but added a caveat that any gifts of travel are required to be reported.
Hardin revealed that Hall is the only one of nine UT regents who hasn't submitted a written statement to the state attorney general's office for the office's investigation of law school and foundation matters. Hall has been the fiercest advocate of an exhaustive inquiry into those matters.
Neither Hall nor his lawyer attended Wednesday's meeting, and the lawyer didn't respond to an email seeking comment.
Two former regents said Hall's requests for records from the Austin campus were inappropriate. He has received more than 800,000 pages from the campus, according to school officials.
"I would have approached the individual regent and asked him to cease and desist" until the board discusses the matter, said
"I would call it disruptive," said
The former regents also said it is inappropriate for a regent to contact an agent for a coach without the university president in the loop. Hall has acknowledged speaking by phone in January with the agent for
New details emerged in a fundraising matter involving Hall as state Rep.
Powers, who didn't attend the meeting but was briefed by campus officials who attended, said that Hall and
The UT president also testified that nearly three years of tension between some regents and the Austin campus had impaired academic and athletic recruiting. He said the university had lost "a star football recruit" but didn't identify the student-athlete.
Powers nonetheless echoed a theme of Cigarroa's testimony, that the chancellor's endorsement of Powers' continued presidency suggests calmer days are ahead.
"I am a glass-half-full person," Powers said, "or I could not get up in the morning."
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