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Oliver Luck not looking to be Big 12 commissioner

Posted on: February 2, 2012 12:40 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

There are a lot of questions surrounding the Big 12 right now, not the least of which is who will be the conference's next commissioner. Chuck Neinas, who was brought on to replace Dan Beebe, has no interest in removing the word "acting" from his title, and the conference has put a search committee together to find a replacement.

Although his school isn't even an official member of the conference yet, West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck's name has been brought up as a potential candidate for the job, though it doesn't sound like he's all that interested in taking it. Luck told the Charleston Gazette that it's not really in his plans.

"I'd rather be on the search committee," Luck told the paper.

"No, I'm very happy with what I'm doing. We have lots to do here yet. I'm happy being on [school president] Jim Clements' team."

Others brought up as potential candidates include Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, and NCAA interim vice president of championships and alliances Greg Shaheen.

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Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:14 am

Oliver Luck not looking to be Big 12 commissioner

banned sleepy its clear that you have no idea on what you are commenting on. Luck was not even the AD when Richie {The Traitor} Rodriguez left WVU. And was sue by WVU.
And i don't have a clue to what you are saying about Luck didn't commit to the minimum demands of the SEC. The SEC rejected us for a invite , so we simply moved on to the Big 12, which is just as good as the SEC. And when you look at the 2 conferences for all sports, it was probably the smartest  and best move for WVU.

Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:39 am

Oliver Luck not looking to be Big 12 commissioner

yea he gets things done, he doesn't commit to the minimum demands of the SEC and switches his school to a lame duck conference where he will always be in teh shadow of Texas and OU. 

he sues a coach for breach of contract and then does the same thing and trys to back out of a contract

yep he gets things done ok,

he would be a great commish for the Texas and OU conference that will only last for about 4 more years if that. 

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:28 am

Oliver Luck not looking to be Big 12 commissioner

Better than a healthy Peyton? Don't be an idiot.

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:32 pm

Oliver Luck not looking to be Big 12 commissioner

Oliver is one THE SMARTEST PEOPLE YOU WILL EVER MEET,AT ANY AGE.His Son is Better than Peyton,i think right now,because he is so smart,he's like Coach on the Field.Nobody is saying that about him.He's The Best QB to come out since John Elway,and smarter than all of them,just like his Dad.

Since: Oct 21, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:15 pm

Oliver Luck not looking to be Big 12 commissioner

I think we need to borrow Pac-12's commish Larry Scott, even if it is just through the rest of expansion and signing a new TV deal.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:07 pm

Oliver Luck not looking to be Big 12 commissioner

i dont think he wants the pressure or the responsibility. he wants to have some hours left over in the day to watch his develop in the player in the nfl that he thinks he can be. 

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:55 pm

Oliver Luck not looking to be Big 12 commissioner

Oliver Luck is of note for one thing and one thing only. Having a son that is an extremely good football player. His most notable accomplishment as an AD is coming up with the idea to allow Bill Stewart to be a lame duck for a year and bring on the new head coach to be on his staff.

Yep, vitiman-b, not much to note at all. Such an unaccomplishing career indeed.

Luck’s athletic and professional career has been the epitome of success, first as a record-setting quarterback for the Mountaineers from 1978-81, then as a professional quarterback for the Houston Oilers, and later as a professional sports executive.

Luck’s journey to the big chair at WVU began in his native Cleveland, where in 1977 he was named the Cleveland Touchdown Club Player of the Year at St. Ignatius High. Luck chose WVU over Ivy League schools Harvard and Yale, embarking upon a career that saw him establish school records for touchdown passes and completions during his playing days, while also leading the Mountaineers to a 26-6 upset victory over Florida in the 1981 Peach Bowl.

His best season came as a senior in 1981 when he completed 216 of 394 passes for 2,448 yards and 16 touchdowns. He passed for a career-high 360 yards in a 27-24 loss to Syracuse at the Carrier Dome in the final regular-season game of his career. Luck ended his college career with 5,765 yards and 43 touchdown passes, both figures still ranking among the best in school history. Luck was a two-time team MVP in 1980 and 1981, and also received the Louis D. Meisel Award for the WVU football student-athlete with the highest grade point average. The two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American was the recipient of Today’s Top Five, presented for scholastics by the NCAA and was selected by the National Football Foundation as one of its 10 scholar-athletes to make a keynote speech at its annual banquet in 1982.

Selected in the second round of the NFL draft by the Houston Oilers (44th overall pick), Luck spent four years with the Oilers from 1982-86. His most extended action came in 1983 when he started six games and finished the season completing 124-of-217 passes for 1,375 yards and eight touchdowns.

After retiring from football, Luck became vice president of business development for the National Football League and later was appointed general manager of the Frankfurt Galaxy of the newly created World League of American Football. He spent the ’95 season as general manager of the Rhein Fire before being named President and CEO of NFL Europe in 1996. Luck totaled more than 10 years with the National Football League before becoming chief executive officer of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority in 2001.

In that role, Luck oversaw the development and management of a $1 billion professional sports and entertainment complex for the city of Houston that included Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans, the Toyota Center, home of the Houston Rockets, Comets and Aeros and the Livestock Show and Rodeo.

In 2005, Luck was appointed as the first president of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamos, helping that organization to a pair of MLS Cup titles in his first two years at the helm. Luck was in the midst of securing the funding for an $80 million soccer complex to house the Dynamos when the call came to return to his alma mater.

Prior to his current position at WVU, Luck was appointed by Gov. Joe Manchin in 2008 to a four-year term on the West Virginia University Board of Governors, a spot he relinquished in June 2010, to become director of athletics.

The Rhodes Scholar finalist graduated from WVU magna cum laude in 1982 as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He also earned a law degree from the University of Texas, graduating cum laude in 1987. In 1997, Luck was inducted into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2008, he was inducted into the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:15 pm

Oliver Luck not looking to be Big 12 commissioner

Good god, by all means perpetuate the opinion that Ollie is a bum... That just means we can keep him at WVU longer...

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:49 pm

Oliver Luck not looking to be Big 12 commissioner

Oh I don't know there Vitamin-b - you must be wholly perfect in every decision you've ever made right?  I'd say it's more notable that he's gotten WVU a real head football coach now, and has gotten WVU out of the lame Big East.  Did you unotice that 70-33 score in a BCS game a couple weeks ago?  Maybe you haven't seen the new basketball practice facility? Hmmmm according to what I've read, donors are tearing it up to give money to WVU right now.  Season ticket sales in 2011 were way up. Future looks pretty bright from where I'm standing as far as WVU goes and OL gets a lot of credit for that (not all of it, but a lot of it).  Do I agree with everything he's done?  Nope.  But he's willing to take a chance on changes, and I'll take that all day over some guy who's afriad to move on anything or is just complacent.  And your last comment, he's not replacing anyone, because he's happy at WVU.  Perhaps in all your perfectness you could read the article a little better next time.

Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:54 pm

Oliver Luck not looking to be Big 12 commissioner

Yes, that was a mistake.  however, people who get things done do make mstakes. People who never do anything do not make mistkes.  Mr Luck is a pesson who gets things done.  his mistake did  not cost a lot of money, did not kill anyone, and turned out to be a good move in the long run. 

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