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Oliver Luck thinks divorce is worth it

Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:52 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's hard to blame West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck for being in a good mood these days. After all, his son Andrew Luck is likely going to be the top pick in the NFL Draft in a few months, and he was just able to successfully complete the move of West Virginia from the Big East to the Big 12.

A conference that's standing on more solid ground than the Big East at the moment.

Of course, at the same time, the move did prove to be rather costly for West Virginia. The school has to pay the Big East $20 million because of it. Not that Luck cares about the money, as evidenced by what he told 790 The Zone in Atlanta during a recent interview.

“Well, it’s the old adage: Why is divorce so expensive? Because it’s worth it," said Luck.

Which is an old adage that I've never heard, but one that made me laugh all the same.

You know who I'm guessing won't find it all that funny, though? Luck's wife, and the mother of his four children, Kathy. I'm guessing Oliver will have some explaining to do when he gets home.

Looks like leaving the Big East will cost West Virginia $20,000,049.99 as Oliver Luck will probably be picking up a dozen roses in the near future.

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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:25 pm

Oliver Luck thinks divorce is worth it

I wonder if Olliver Luck will think it was "worth it" after WVU goes 8-4, 7-5, or 6-6 the next couple of seasons.  The Big 12 has six teams that could easily beat WVU; the Big East has two.  This is one of those moves that isn't going to look as well in retrospect as it does in realtime.  
The 'eers just went from "big fish in a small pond" to glorified tomato can, and they paid $20 million to do it.  I wonder if they've been in charge of the economy since 2000?

Since: Aug 11, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 6:44 pm

Oliver Luck thinks divorce is worth it

Kinda hard at this point to see any relevance until the dust fully settles. Because before Pitt and Cuse bolted for the ACC, the big 12-2 was in shambles themselves. They are about to have their 3rd commish in 6 months, WV joining was messy, TCU just joined and has a drug problem, TAMU and Mizzu just bolted, Texas still has the Longhorn network and OU is now getting one, and now they might lose Texas Tech to the Big 10 because they like A&M do not like being in the same conference as Texas with that network. Not to mention a vote to get back to 12 teams is not available and can be overturned if Texas and OU say no. This is one conference I would question joining more than any other right now regardless of the pretty picture they try to paint. Happy to be a Husker and in the Big 10 am I!!!

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:27 pm

Oliver Luck thinks divorce is worth it

absolutely no truth to this whatsoever.

Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:49 pm

Oliver Luck thinks divorce is worth it

Luck may think leaving the BE is worth $20 million, but of course none of that money is his, so that's easy for him to say.  I hope he also thinks it's worth the years and years of bad PR and bad memories.  West Virginia is now Hypocrit U., as it was usually the first and loudest complainer about other teams leaving the BE.  Other than a so-so football team, this school has nothing to offer a Conference.  (The Pacman and Chris Henry days were fun though.) People proclaiming the BE dead now are probably the same people who proclaimed the Big 12 dead a year ago.  I'd still take the BE over the Big 12 in any sport other than football. 

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:47 pm

Oliver Luck thinks divorce is worth it

Maybe, his wife has a sense of humor, herself! I think the Big 12 may foot part of the bill and they should!

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:46 pm

Oliver Luck thinks divorce is worth it

The decline of the Big east in football began with Miami leaving, I said back then the football exudus from the Big East had begun, that the football schools would be seeking a better conference. The only hope the Big East had when Miami left was to get ND to come on board, that was thier only real salvation, naturally ND laughed at them. As for WVU leaving the way they did, so what? Missouri and Texas A&M are doing much worse, just last year both agreed to a 10 year deal to remain in the Big 12, you see how that went. If I was the SEC I would be watching my backside real good when it comes to those 2 colleges.

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:44 pm

Oliver Luck thinks divorce is worth it

West Viriginia did what they had to do to stay relevant in football. The Big East, with Syracuse and Pittsburgh leaving next year is taking on water at an alarming rate. If the Big 12 goes after Louisville and possibly Cincinatti, they will be on their way to the bottom.

The Big East shouldn't quality for AQ status in the BCS. Hopefully that will go away soon.

And as a footnote, why does this author seem intent on making snarky comments in his articles. I've noticed it on other supposedly "news articles" of his that in reality are nothing but opinion pieces devoid of factual basis and chock full of petty commentary.

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:30 pm
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Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:26 pm
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Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:23 pm

Oliver Luck thinks divorce is worth it

Look at the "LACK OF LEADERSHIP" in the Big Least commissioner's office.  Mr. Luck simply exercised his options when Syracuse and Pitt announced they were leaving.  Whether you like it or not, football pays the bills for the non-revenue sports and WVU can more than double the schools athletic income by leaving the Big Least--which is NOW A BASKETBALL CONFERENCE.

West "By God" Virginia has been the only consistent football power in the conference for the past decade--How many other Big East Schools have 3 BCS victories in the last six years.  I might add those victories were over Georgia, champions of the SEC;
Oklahoma, champions of the Big XII; and this year a rout of Clemson, ACC champions.  In fact, the Oklahoma game was not that close.  Why stay in a conference that obviously does NOT value football.

Why are Rutgers, Louisville and UConn seeking to exit the conference?  Oliver Luck had the leadership and backing of the entire state to EXIT a conference that has gone steadily downhill in the two years that John Marinatto has been commissioner. Given the damage he has accomplished in two years--pray for the remaining conference members.

In two years, the Automatic Qualifying spot will be gone and you will be treated to televised football games between Memphis and Army.  I'd prefer to watch paint dry.

I simply ask that some major media outlet rank the conference commissioners in effectiveness, leadership and bringing home the $$ for member schools.  I already know which conference commissioner will finish last.  

GREAT JOB OLIVER LUCK--you are a leader with character and I'd be proud to follow you into battle, anytime and anywhere. 
Mr. Luck was that last leader with principles left in the Big East. 

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