Amid all the conference ship jumping, West Virginia University quietly announced that Oliver Luck would be the new athletic director this week. Not that this would ever be front page news outside West Virginia. But because of the big news that is constantly changing in college football, this announcement passed by like a ship in the night. It may have happened quietly, but this is big news for WVU.
Older West Virginia fans remember Luck as the quarterback that lead the first Don Nehlen coached teams and gave the Mountaineers their first signature win over Florida in the 1981 Peach Bowl. We also remember him as a Rhodes Scholar finalist and as a quarterback for the Houston Oilers. After football, Luck moved to Germany to practice law and later became general manager of the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe. He was later named president of NFL Europe. After NFL Europe disbanded, Luck came back to Houston and took the position as CEO of the Houston Sports Authority. In 2005 he was named president of the Houston Dynamo. He is also father to current Stanford starting quarterback, Andrew Luck. (Why couldn't we have made this happen two years ago!?!?)
I bring all this up because Luck has vast experience with startup leagues. Yes, some failures and successes. But it's that experience that will be crucial in these uncharted waters WVU finds itself in. For fans, there's really nothing better than having one of your own return to move the program forward.
It should be understood that if Mr. Luck leaves in seven years to become AD at Michigan, all warm and fuzzy feelings are null and void.