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WVU AD Luck: Big East puts together 'strategy'

Posted on: September 21, 2011 2:11 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2011 2:53 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

With the league under siege following the surprise defections of Pitt and Syracuse, the Big East's presidents and athletic directors met in New York Tuesday night to plan the future of the conference.'s Brett McMurphy has all the pertinent details, including the potential for a revival of Navy or Air Force as possible football-only members

Following the meeting, West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck released the following statement:

"President [James P.] Clements and I represented West Virginia University at last night's Big East meeting in New York. The group concluded the meeting with a strategy to recruit top level BCS-caliber institutions that match the league's strong athletic and academic histories and traditions.

"As I stated before, WVU is an excellent flagship, land-grant University, with national-caliber athletic and academic programs. We are, and will remain, a national player in college athletics.

"The conference office will coordinate any further discussion on this issue."

From a conference solidarity perspective, that sure beats Luck's previous statement on the topic, in which the Big East was most conspicuous only by its absence. That Luck is willing to discuss (and, one would assume, contribute to) the league's "strategy" to "recruit" new programs is a sign that for the time being, WVU is giving the Big East its best shot.

But that still doesn't mean that if the SEC or ACC decided to change its tune and listen to the Mountaineers' overtures for membership, WVU wouldn't pack its bags in a heartbeat. (As would any team in WVU's current position, of course, as the Panthers and Orange so comprehensively proved.) Note that Luck's new statement still doesn't bother to commit the school to the Big East for any length of time or in any fashion. It doesn't promote the Big East's "bright future" or "way forward" or any of the other buzzwords typically used in this situation to indicate that the Mountaineers are happy campers in their current digs.

Rest assured, WVU is still looking for a way out. But until that way out emerges, Luck and Clements will no doubt do their best with an awkward situation.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:48 am

WVU AD Luck: Big East puts together 'strategy'

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Since: Dec 21, 2009
Posted on: September 22, 2011 2:39 am

WVU AD Luck: Big East puts together 'strategy'

Come on ACC, give UCONN and the Neers an invite and cement the ACC as the premiere college BB conference!!!

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2011 9:05 pm

WVU AD Luck: Big East puts together 'strategy'

Ahhhhhh....another PSU robot.  Your school is located in farmland and your football coach can't remember what he had for breakfast at 8:30am.  And the reason you can't get rid of Joe "what's my name again" Paterno as the head coach, is the assistants, who can't land head coaching jobs ANYTHWERE, would bring the program to its knees.  Your day is coming psubeeridiotjagoff.  Hell, even PA District 7 won't want you.

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 7:15 pm

WVU AD Luck: Big East puts together 'strategy'

What planet are you from? Seriously? No, WVU wouldn't compete as well but a move to the SEC would beat the pants off of the horrible conference they currently compete in now!

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2011 6:55 pm

WVU AD Luck: Big East puts together 'strategy'

Oliver Luck knows that if the SEC or ACC changed there minds that they would jump in a heart beat.I do hope they end up in the SEC.I think they would be a good fit and they would create some really good rivalries.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: September 21, 2011 6:27 pm

WVU AD Luck: Big East puts together 'strategy'

WVU, like Va Tech, has no desire to join the SEC. Why should either? They are both frontrunners in their current conferences why give that up to play in the SEC?

You should pay more attention before posting.  WVU is interested in going to either the SEC or ACC, but as of now, have not been invited. 

Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2011 6:21 pm

WVU AD Luck: Big East puts together 'strategy'

WVU, like Va Tech, has no desire to join the SEC. Why should either? They are both frontrunners in their current conferences why give that up to play in the SEC?

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 6:20 pm

WVU AD Luck: Big East puts together 'strategy'

Sound like Luck is in the same position as the Pitt basketball coach who last year said "Why would anyone want to leave the BEST basketball conference to join the Big1G?".  This year, he's saying the move to the ACC is G R E A T !!

Both Dixon and Luck have been told to sing whatever song the school's president selects.

Here a thought - lets make all the groups HAPPY.

To solve the Big 12’s issue of what to do with Texas:  Texas moves to the Big East, keeps their tv network and has a deal where they are independent in football, but all other sports are within the Big East.  This is the same deal Notre Dame has with the Big East.  Texas can schedule anyone who will play them for football and they keep all that revenue.

To solve the Big East’s problem of how to handle football playing schools in a basketball conference:  All football schools leave the conference.

  1. UConn and Rutgers get their wish and move to the ACC
  2. Cincinnati, Louisville, and West Virginia move to the Big 12
  3. South Florida is given a choice of either moving to the Big 12 or ACC

The ACC gets their wish to eliminate the Big East as a football rival and can start planning to hold their basketball tournament in New York.  The ACC just has to schedule it so it does not happen on the same nights as the Big East basketball tournament.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: September 21, 2011 6:14 pm

WVU AD Luck: Big East puts together 'strategy'

I am now not so sure that we are indeed heading for the 16 team super conferences.  The Pac 12 said they are staying put, and they could have brought in some big dogs from the Big 12.  Now, it looks like the Big 12 will find a way to survive, and that is probably good for everyone outside the Big 12, and even some of the schools in it.  IF A&M is still going to the SEC, then the SEC will have to find another school, and Missouri will not be it as they will stay in the Big 12.  That takes us back to WVU, or maybe some school from the ACC, even though the SEC has said they will not look to raid them.  I know the SEC will not operate as a 13 team conference, so they either do not take A&M after all, or they find a 14th.  With the Big 12 staying together, if they do, that will kill the 16 team conferences for now, and that is good news. 

Since: Oct 25, 2010
Posted on: September 21, 2011 6:03 pm

WVU AD Luck: Big East puts together 'strategy'

Its nice to know there is a strategy going forward...since there hasn't been one up to now.  The Big East didn't act, it had to react, and thus found itself in its current situation.  As for the ACC, they once again proved that they are ruthless and will do whatever they want, whenever they want, consequences are of no matter.  They may well have great academic schools -- but I'd rather have the Big East, WV and some integrity. 
The media gets alot of blame the writers are all upset about all the changes, but just a few days ago they were writing about the intrigue and interest...and not even considering that the media is a big part of the problem here...throwing obscene amounts of money at the conferences...and not caring one bit about the effect it has on college athletics.

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