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Report: WVU's Oliver Luck the front-runner for Texas AD job

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Is the name rumored to be on top of Texas's list of candidates to take over as athletic director actually on the top of Texas's list of candidates?

That's the story from, which cited sources in reporting Monday that West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck is the "front-runner" to replace longtime Longhorns AD DeLoss Dodds, who has already announced plans to step down on Aug. 31, 2014.

The report claims that Luck is due to meet with a "seven-member advisory committee" as "early as this week." A thumbs-up from the committee could see Luck hired before the month is out, reported.

Luck graduated from Texas's law school, oversaw the Mountaineers' move into the Big 12 (at the expense of Louisville), and is a member of the 2014 playoff selection committee, among other positives -- positives that have fueled weeks of speculation that the Longhorns and Texas president Bill Powers would look to Luck first.

Luck has made no public comment as of yet on the Texas speculation.

The report says that Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson -- also a Texas law school graduate -- was another name highlighted by the search firm being used by the Longhorns.

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