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TribBlog: Hance Forth

Who said it was easy being a university chancellor?

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2009 is going out like a lion for Kent Hance.

Former congressman, state senator, and Texas railroad commissioner. Law firm founder. Lobbyist. Bidnessman. And now, chancellor of the Texas Tech University System and the man in the middle of a puddle of headlines.

He's got a recently former regent running for state representative in Lubbock (Mark Griffin, who quit the board after saying aides to Gov. Rick Perry asked him to quit because he's supporting Kay Bailey Hutchison for governor). His former law partner, Terry Scarborough, just won a lawsuit on behalf of clients of the late John O'Quinn, who had represented those folks in lawsuits against the makers of breast implants. And the school just fired its controversial and still popular football coach, Mike Leach.

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