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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia’s Oliver Luck, after indicating to MetroNews he had no intentions of talking with Texas about its soon-to-be-vacant athletics director position, subsequently clarified Tuesday afternoon he had no comment on the situation.

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WVU athletics director Oliver Luck told MetroNews he had no comment on the possibility of replacing DeLoss Dodds at Texas.

DeLoss Dodds, UT’s athletics director since 1981, announced Tuesday his plan to retire in August 2014, according to a report in the Austin American-Statesman. That story quoted an unnamed source who identified Luck as a candidate “to keep an eye on.”

In a text message exchange with MetroNews’ Hoppy Kercheval, Luck initially replied “No” when asked whether he would speak with Texas about the AD job if contacted.

Then, within a half-hour of that proclamation appearing on the website, Luck sent a follow-up text that read: “My no was to say that I am not making any comments.”

Texas represents the richest athletics program in the nation, and Dodds’ successor instantly becomes a heavyweight influence on all matters Big 12-related and the continuing shifts of college football realignment. The new athletics director also inherits the onus of reshaping the department’s coaching tree with Mack Brown, Augie Garrido and, to a lesser extent, Rick Barnes on tenuous ground.

Luck’s ties to Texas run deep, considering he followed his undergrad days at WVU by earning a law degree from UT in 1987. He later served four years as CEO of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority, overseeing a pro-franchise facilities boom that included the opening of the NFL’s Reliant Stadium in 2002 and the NBA’s Toyota Center in 2003.

From 2005 until becoming West Virginia’s athletics director in June 2010, Luck was president of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo, helping secure funding for the team’s 22,039-seat BBVA Compass Stadium that opened in 2012.

Luck’s current contract at WVU runs through 2017 and guarantees him $550,000 annually with a performance bonus up to $150,000 per year.

Along with shepherding West Virginia into the Big 12, Luck’s tenure as AD has been marked by ambitious moves—such as hiring football coach Dana Holgorsen to replace Bill Stewart after three consecutive nine-win seasons, and implementing a basketball reseating initiative at the WVU Coliseum to drive up revenue.

Luck also played a key role in the university outsourcing its third-tier media rights to IMG College for $86 million over the next 12 years, a contract estimated to net about $2 million annually over what WVU previously earned by handling the rights in-house. However, following a review by attorney general Patrick Morrisey, WVU president Jim Clements removed Luck from the final round of bidding for those media rights after the AD was found to have shared confidential vendor information with WVU board of governors members who had a financial stake in subcontracting work for IMG.

The fallout from that misstep has spawned a lawsuit from West Virginia Radio Corp.—the parent company of MetroNews—that names Luck, Clements and eight other defendants. Both parties agreed this week to transfer the case to the state’s business court.

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Comments

  • Dave

    I think Oliver Luck will always do whatever is in the best interest of West Virginia University. I really hope he doesn't consider moving back to Texas. Once a Mountaineer always a Mountaineer.

    • OhMY

      Resigning would be ..what is in the best interest of West Virginia University...

      • cutty77

        @ OhMy,
        I cutty77 accept your Resignation. LOL

    • William

      @Dave - I bet you can't say that about Dana 'MAN IN BLACK' Holgorsen -
      Once a Mountaineer always a Mountaineer.

      • Matt

        William,

        You do realize the reason DH wears black is so he can easily be identified by the qb on the sideline for hand signals, audibles etc. Everyone else on the sideline wears white, blue, gold etc. Is he from WV, no, has shown as much loyalty to WV as we all would like, no. But harping on the man for wearing black is pretty stupid.

    • Big Larry

      Oliver Luck will do whats in the best interest for Oliver Luck...Show me the money...

      My question is that before he goes....he offers Holgorsen the same deal he offered Huggins? An unconditional three million dollar contact for life!

    • JimJim

      He's gone, it's only a matter of time. Our basketball & football teams can't compete in the Big 12, Fourth or fifth place finish will be the best they can do. After two or three year the true WVU fans will want a change. And the money men will call the shots.

    • eliotz

      Dave the people that are opposed to Ollie are only thinking of winning. Those on Ollie's side know he's always done what was best for WVU. Those who oppose Ollie, don't like Holgs and think the losses are somehow tied to him. AD's aren't responsible for losses unless they fail to take action when they get out of hand. We will ride the bottom of the Big12 if he leaves, as the new AD will not be as aggressive with the spending. These kids think we're going out to get another big$ coach? Its not happenin boys! We'll be back to square one, with a new -$ coordinator/coach who gets to practice winning at WVU until he's good enough to get a bigger job.

      • Happy Mountie

        What a brilliant statement, those opposed to your precious Ollie are only thinking of winning.....lol. Just for the record, we've already ridden to the bottom of the Big 12. We have no respect there. No one in the Big 12 cares about us. And we don't care about the Big 12. Case in point.....watch the stadium during home games when a Big 12 score goes up on the board.....no one even pays attention. We don't care! Remember when a Pitt or Louisville score use to go up and they were losing, the place would erupt. The enthusiasm is gone. The program is deeply impacted, but yep you are right, we have beer in the stadium and my last year for basketball tickets cost me nearly 20% more than last year. He's done wonders for hard working Mountaineer fans who just want to take their kids to an occasional game. And how can you make a prediction about the next AD before we know who he is? Maybe this time we'll get one who is interested in Morgantown and success of the school vs promoting himself and his friends and putting back room corrupt deals in place while avoiding responses to the media. He's a snake. Bid him up UT.....good luck and good riddance!!!

        • Charleston,WV

          I think it is oxymoronic that you say you are a "Happy Mountie" despite the underlying cynicism in your statements.

        • eliotz

          Unhappy Mountie- Read my post above as I don't want to repeat myself. I've lived in CA since I left Morgantown nearly 30 years ago and the past two years all but 2 of our games are televised out here. For the first time in my years out here, people not only know who we are, but every time I wear anything with WVU on it, people stop me and mention football or basketball. After 30 years of putting up with people tell me they have a cousin in Richmond, for the first time people know WV's a state!.... He's a snake alright. A snake for WVU dealing amongst snakes for their schools and if he's not at WVU he'll be at a bigger school. Name one person who could do a better job.

          • westfair518

            eliotz

            Ditto, well done!

  • Fan

    I hope he takes the job at Texas, but trust me, they won't have him, not after the bid rigging and other back room shenanigans he's pulled since arriving in WV. They want no part of a cheater

    • cutty77

      Cheater you say. Well Oliver did catch a cheater for sure.

      • OhMY

        Why do you think the President prevented him from participating in the second round of bidding?

        • William

          Judge said it was 'CORRUPTION'

          • armyscot490

            William the judge said there was no corruption.

          • William

            Judge Evans statement ------------- How about the loss of business reputation in the community where they’ve been an established vendor for, I think I heard 72 years? To lose that through a process that is CORRUPT, that is something that is not quantifiable

    • ansis

      Thats Rhodes schloar..

  • DeeAnne

    I liked Ollie when he was a Rhoades Scholar and quarterback at WVU. I like him more now that he is WVU's AD!!! Great job.

  • Chris Vaughan

    He got beer into the stadium. He should be crowned "King of West Virginia" or, at least, "Duke of Morgantown".

  • jj

    wvu the new homecoming queen of the big 12. 27 point underdog at baylor

    • But but but

      Homecoming queen of big 12 or is there a short 5 letter word of big 12 your thinking of ???

  • armyscot490

    Alan and Metronews had to get their digs in since they are still hurt over losing media rights. We all saw how much WV Radio Corps bid was and it is laughable. They must have learned math at the same place the goverment does.

    • Allan Taylor

      @armyscott: It's never comfortable when your company is involved in legal opposition to people you cover on a beat; however, I can't ignore the AG's findings or the pending lawsuit. Not trying to get a dig in. Other than sitting in court a few times, my job hasn't changed much based on IMG obtaining the rights.

    • Fan

      You obviously didn't see their actual bid because it came out in court that the WVRC bid would have given WVU more $$ than IMG over the 10 year period

      • Matt

        lol what?

        Did you see WVRCs proposal? It looked like a middle school book report

        • OhMY

          I saw it and was present in the court hearing when it was presented. Gave WVU almost 6 million MORE than IMG over the 10 year period, because of the 65% revenue share.

          • GoEers

            That's false and it wasn't guaranteed. If you used their math, IMG proposal would have soared to over $100 million per an article in the Charleston Daily Mail. WVU's $85 million from IMG is guaranteed no matter what and can possibly increase based on market conditions.

          • Fan

            OhMy,

            You are correct. I was also at the court hearing. GoEers, you should know by now that you can't believe everything in the newspapers, especially those in Charleston. Neither WVU or IMG disputed the numbers presented in court.

          • steve

            Oh My can you give the date of the hearing? I'm trying to figure out when it could have been considering the lawsuit was just moved to the business court. Could you also explain why WVRC did not bid on it the second time around? If it was so good, then they should have submitted it the second time.

          • Brett

            @GoEers well what are you going to say when WVU settles with WVRC? because a settlement is coming

  • Tim C

    Ollie is doing a good job. I, for one hope he stays.

  • WAJR Listener

    Garrett Cullen is reporting that Oliver Luck texted Hoppy the first time and said, "No." A follow up text later in the day said the "no" referred to "No Comment." This isn't over.

    • William

      Looks like we need a INVESTIGATION to see who is telling the TRUTH -

      HOPPY OR 'MONEY MAN' LUCK

      • GoEers

        William why do you care so much? You are a jealous Marshall troll that hates everything about WVU. You hope Luck leaves because you hate all the additional revenue he has created for WVU as well as the fact that WVU is getting a baseball stadium because of him. Marshall will always be a have not and don't you ever forget it.

      • Fan

        Both are telling the truth. When Hoppy asked if he would speak to Texas about the job via text, Ollie responded "No". When Hoppy made that public by reporting it on the METRONEWS website, Ollie released a statement saying he meant "no comment". In other words, if Texas called he would talk to them but not tell anyone.

    • Ragweed

      Sounds like a politician or a lying lawyer to me.

  • Carl Pruett

    Well, you probably will need to give him a raise if u want to keep him!

  • Chalkdust

    A few (maybe one) misstep, but overall a solid A+. Not bad as a father either.

  • Woodchuck

    Please talk to them!!

  • D

    Whitey from Williamson, where are you?

  • cutty77

    Oliver Luck is The Best AD in The Country. Stanford made a run at him last year. No AD in this country could of pulled off what Oliver did. He had The SEC and The Big 12 waiting to take WVU. He also told The Big East to Shove it. We got out at The Perfect Time,spanked Clemson from The ACC while going out the Door. Most AD's couldn't do all this in a career.

    • Justin

      U might wanna get of the crack pipe man lol. Best AD?

      • jpf

        Yes... Best AD period!

        • GoEers

          When you increase a school's revenues by over $30 million, then you very well might be considered one of the best AD's in the country. That's the reason why he is on Texas's short list.

      • Red Dwarf

        Yes. Best AD. Ollie is easily the most adept and intelligent sports administrator in the country. The amount of woodhicks popping their heads out of their holes to discredit him have no clue on what it takes to move forward because the previous ADs in Morgantown worked so hard to stay in the same place, or worse, go backwards. Ollie has brought us forward and up to date. You naysayers can root for UConn or South Florida -- or Pitt if you want.

        • cutty77

          Well said Red Dwarf. Plus Oliver is not going anywhere. He has is made here. He took over in The Middle of a Mess,and cleaned out almost all of The Rats,there is a few still around. lol

    • MekaGojira

      I like OL but I'm pretty sure we'd be in the SEC now if we'd had a choice.

    • Fan

      Cutty77, you show your ignorance every time you post. If OL had the SEC and the Big 12 waiting to take us, why did we go to the Big 12 instead I'd the SEC? No one believes that. We were lucky to get into the Big 12. OL has made some major mistakes and has our university in a lawsuit and has caused our state and university huge embarrassment. He won't leave because if the truth was told no one will take him after the 3rd tier rights mess HE orchestrated along with Payne and the others.

      • Charleston,WV

        "e won't leave because if the truth was told no one will take him after the 3rd tier rights mess HE orchestrated along with Payne and the others."
        Then why was he listed as the "person to watch" from the Dallas News?

        • Charleston,WV

          Sorry. "Austin-American Statesmen"
          BTW: Other Candidates now include from the net include, Bowlsby, and the ADs from Oklahoma U, KSU, and I've even heard of speculation of Tom Jurich of U o Louisville. Only rumors though.

          • jake_d

            I was thinking of Tom Jurich. He has done a phenomenal job at UL.

        • OhMY

          Doubt whoever wrote that article is completely aware of Mr. Lucks unethical behavior and the other issues pertaining to the current litigation which he caused

          • cutty77

            @ OhMy,
            I always like the word you use unethical. Coming froma WVRC person and you have the guts to use That Word. Thats a Double Knee slapper. lol

    • Allan Taylor

      SEC? What?

      • cutty77

        For Allan,and Fan.
        If you remember the SEC had the choice of A&M and Mizzu. They Told Oliver if one of the 2 would not come,then WVU was the Choice. Thats when The Big 12 Needed some Teams to help them get back to meet the New TV deal. I really don't care if either of you believe or not,buts thats how it went down. Go back and research how it was done. Mizzu held on untill the last minute if you remember. Makes no difference anyway. WERE IN THE BIG 12.

        • OhMY

          Not sure about Allan of Fan but for the record, I don't believe you. You have been wrong in every post you have made on this site and now you say the SEC was waiting on us. That is laughable!,

        • JaneM

          @Cutty You are absolutely right I remember... I agree with you..

          • Pudge

            I thought I read somewhere WVU was a #3 or #4 choice for the SEC. It just never went that far.

        • eliotz

          Sporting News or one of those magazines ran an article on WVU and the SEC back when. The story was about how WV was from the "North" unlike Virginia and didn't qualify for the SEC membership. Said WVU was the first choice for many in the SEC but had faced fierce opposition early on with certain wealthy Alumni due to the states location on the map and Civil War politics, and was thus eliminated from further consideration to avoid a national stink.

          • eliotz

            Ooops post finger slipped. In addition, I also remember Cutty's recollection on the issue which does make it all a moot point. We are in the Big12 and should be extremely happy to be there!

        • But but but

          I repeat can you imagine the beatings that we would be taking in the SEC. The saying is mountaineers are always free...but it mentioned nothing about smart.. hunker down faithful really bad close to the decade...smile its only 7 years away..you know like bancrupcy..

    • Brett

      umm..little backwards there...he made a run at Stanford but didn't get the job...I fully expect he will take the Texas job IF offered

      • OhMY

        No worries .... It WONT be offered

      • cutty77

        Let me get you straight Brett. 2 very well healed Donors gave millions of dollors in Andrew Lucks name to try and get Oliver to take The AD Job.

        • Brett

          and your point? he took the job and has accomplished things here...Luck is always about the money and this situation won't be any different

          • Brett

            @cutty77 and it's a good thing they did or we would have been deeper in debt considering the A.D. operated in the red for the first time in 30 years last year.

          • GoEers

            I would hope an AD is about the money. The money he makes for a university from athletics is important. He has increased revenuse by over $30 million from the Big 12 entry and 3rd tier rights deal that is GUARANTEED from IMG.

            Thank you Mr. Luck for all that you have done and will hopefully continue to do for WVU!

    • Big Larry

      HOW OLIVER LUCK BECAME GREAT

      Everyone keeps saying..."Oliver Luck is so Great and wonderful...Look at what he did...he got us into the Big 12..."

      NOW HERE'S THE TRUTH:

      All Oliver Luck did was make a phone call...any half wit moron could have done that....just like he made a phone call to the SEC and the ACC....

      A phone call...A phone call....what else did he or could he do?...Did he Take them all out to dinner? NO. Did he meet with BIG 12 officials and convince them to invite us? NO. Did he mesmerize them with his great negotiating skills? NO. All he did was make a phone call.....and say... " Can we join your conference?" That's it...

      HERE IS HOW IT PLAYED OUT:

      1. The BIG EAST falls apart.

      2. WVU gets nervous & desperate

      3. The BIG 12 is on the verge of falling apart

      4. The BIG 12 gets nervous and desperate

      5. Oliver Luck calls the BIG 12 and asks to join.

      6. The BIG 12 considers WVU and Louisville

      7. The BIG 12 chooses WVU

      8. The BIG 12 has second thoughts and now wants Louisville

      9. Jay Rockefeller makes a phone call to the BIG 12

      10...The BIG 12 selects WVU

      11. Oliver Luck becomes an Icon in West Virginia

      And now you know....

      • G I Joe

        And knowing's half the battle!

        G I JOE!!!!!

      • JaneM

        @Big Larry... Now Larry you do not have proof for all of what you have said. You have a either read it out of the Huntington paper or Charleston paper where is your proof, just because it was in the paper dont make it true...

        • steve

          That's the thing with Big Larry. He never has any proof nor posts and facts. All he does is spew his jealousy and hatred because he is a Marshall fan and can't stand dealing with the fact that Marshall's athletics have sunk to its lowest levels ever. MU athletics is as irrelevant as it comes, so guys like Big larry read and post on every article about WVU. Beating Oklahoma St. has really made Big Larry spew even more jealousy and hatred as of late.

        • CatacombsUSA

          Big Larry reads his findings from his tolite paper.

      • eliotz

        Sounds like you've created a sitcom from Gone with the Wind.

      • dewloudel

        Big Larry,
        Ollie was a road scholar! He tried to navigate us into the ACC and SEC, but because WVU did not bring any TV revenue with us we were not voted in. Nick Saban went to bat for us in the SEC. The ACC lost Maryland, if they had known that was on the horizon WVU would of filled that void. Luck had to politic his arse off to get us in the Big 12. His connections in Texas were a huge help for us. Ollie is a great AD, with some great years to come. Hopefully, Dodd retiring at Texas was a move for Mack Brown to take over as AD and UT can have him leave as head coach graciously. If that is not the case, then we might lose Ollie. It would be a sad day for WVU sports.

        • eliotz

          You are 100% right my friend.. your entire post.

    • eliotz

      Cutty you are so right. And why would he be Texas first choice for the position when they are the wealthiest most powerful program in the nation if he wasn't? We may well be screwed if he goes and the old guard gets back a hold of the program and tries to "balance the budget" as they always called it. They still have a hold of the WV newspapers, with all that propaganda about how much Holgs is paid compared to the other state employees? NEVER mentioning what the coaches in the top programs in the country or Big12 are paid! Their vision is still that WVU can never manage to carve out a spot on the national stage and therefore we should just give up and slump back to our mediocrity and "balance the budget".. and just as the TV$ rights begin to roll in and the coaching position begins to gain in national prestige for the first time in the schools history. Winning isn't everything early on, and its still very early. Recruiting will follow. The entire Big12 is having a rough time winning right now. But nobody in or around Morgatown could have done a better job getting us to this point. the fools here that say different when Ollie does great things at Texas and ONCE AGAIN WVU will be stuck saying "If he had only stayed at WV".

      • cutty77

        @ eliotz,
        You bring up Great points,but Oliver has no Ego. He Knows whoever takes the Texas Job is in 24/7 mode all the time. People forget he has Pretty Good Son in The NFL,and he never misses a game i'm sure.Yes People from this Media Outlet are going to try and do everything they can to run him off. Oliver ain't going anywhere right now anyway.So Dream On people.

        • eliotz

          I'll give you that Cutty. It certainly looks that way. Today anyway.

    • But but but

      There it is the bowl game...spanking of clemson...was returned by syracuse...No mention?

  • Matt

    Oliver Luck is easily the best AD that WVU has ever had.

    • WVU Fans

      The best AD based on what. WVU sports is in trouble. The AD is currently running millions in the red. The football program is most likely going to have a losing year. I see more drinking and drunks than ever at the games. Also, Luck wanted us in the SEC not Big 12. We got into the Big 12 because other schools left to go to the SEC. It had nothing to do with him. He is a legend in his own mind, and has used each one of his jobs as a stepping stone for another one. I would be glad he is gone.

      • westfair518

        WVfans, you are making claims that you can't backup.

      • William

        WVU sports is in sad shape, but most fans can't take the TRUTH

      • Oh Did Ya?

        You are clueless.

      • Jeremy

        I'm laughing so hard, the naysayers have absolutely no clue what they are talking about! Sad shape?!? We lose a few game more than expected and now the program(s) is/are in shambles? Not even sure why I'm commenting, it's just so funny, but that's why these guys are on here. They wouldn't say these things in public or to Oliver, Dana or Huggs!

        • eliotz

          You're right Jeremy. I almost didn't reply myself for the same reason. It's so ridiculous. Luck is easily the best AD in WVU history and anyone that thinks he isn't doesn't know the history of the position. Luck is the first and only AD to even consider WVU Sports could aspire to be on the national stage, much less do anything toward getting us there. He managed to change a mindset in Morgantown that had prevailed for generations. Without him we would in fact be in the AAC. And IF what I'm saying is not a FACT, he would not be the first candidate for the wealthiest and most influential sports program in the country!

        • Hillboy wv

          Agreed. WVU athletics is at leadt at the big boy table and we are not stuck in conference usa 2.0.

        • WVU Fan

          I would say it directly to his face. But give me this. Don't just say is one of the best AD in WV history. Compare his records. And yes I know the history of the position.

          • eliotz

            And now OL is the very first person named to the committee deciding the NCAA playoff teams. He's not even gone yet and we're starting to miss him. If he's not the best person for the AD job at WV, who is? Only the old guard or one of the execs who lost out on the media rights scandal (love ya Allen) would want him out.

      • joe

        "WVU Fans",

        You must be a democrat.... it seems you like to use partial truths to create misleading statements, or at the very least speak about things you do not have a clue about.
        "running millions in the red" - the WVU Atheltic department showed a loss last year because of the buyout to leave the big least. This buyout was to get into a conference that we are going to make million$ more than before each and every year and be able to bring in millions more in additional revenue along with having a much more compelling conference schedule. This was a necessary decision, it will foster future growth, stadium expansion, facility improvements and increase the value of our Athletic Department as a whole. At the very least it is a classic example of the basic concept of "opportunity cost". Look it up. I certainly would never want to go into business with you

        • WVU Fans

          I will agree partly with you. From what I read WV did have a big loss because of the payout. That is true. What is misleading about that. It is also true WV will be earning more money in the Big 12, But, don't count your money before you earn it. There will be more travel expenses now. But, also my point is not about joining the Big 12, I like that. However I do question the way money is spent now, Like paying the special teams coach $500,000 a year. Also, I am not a democrat, it is you who seem to be with the spending plans.

          • eliotz

            The only part of this I can agree with is the Deforest part. He should have been gone in to-tal last year instead of making a half-mill destroying the spec teams. With regard to the budget, that mentality is what kept us down for decades. Considerably more than half of the programs in major conferences are in the red, and the majority of those with no hope of digging out. WV on the other hand is positioned to get out in a reasonable amount of time and wind up being FAR better off from now on. Many out there dislike Luck for the reasons I mentioned below in my rant, but many others who don't understand the financial investment that was made to position us with the top programs in the country. I'll try to simplify for you... How many times do you pay for your car or your house before you pay it off? Well, the plans something like that only somewhat in reverse. There is way more coming in than going out after we are full members of the Big12. We keep the house... as once we are part of a major conference on the national stage, we have an opportunity to remain there. I've lived in California since I graduated, eeek, a year shy of 30 years ago and all but 2 games have been carried on cable out here in the past two years. Before we hit the Big12, I'd be lucky to see 2 games a year unless we were in the top 10 (once). There are bars out here that have WV jersey's on the wall with the other nationally known teams. I'm damn proud! And national attention = $.. Look at the Big Picture.

        • westfair518

          WV Fan
          You need to get a job! That will pay you a salary. It is obvious that you are on welfare, you have so much time to post.

      • steve

        Your frekin idiot

      • Nick Cervantes

        You may SEE more drinking because it was hidden in past years, but I SEE many fewer drunks.

      • But but but

        Can you imagine the beatings in the SEC..

  • Art in Ohio

    I know some people want Luck gone but I am not one of them. He has made the hard decisions for West Virginia and because of him we are in the Big 12 conference and not the American Conference with lower tier teams. He will be one of the best athletic directors WVU has ever had.

    • #LuckProblems

      "WVU president Jim Clements removed Luck from the final round of bidding for those media rights after the AD was found to have shared confidential vendor information with WVU board of governors members who had a financial stake in subcontracting work for IMG."

      • William

        Didn't the judge say there was CORRUPTION involved with the IMG deal. How many SHADY things have to happen at WVU till we see some heads roll? Or do they just sweep things under the rug at WVU. THEY NEED TO CLEAN HOUSE IN THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT, because it is a big mess and will only get worst.

        • Red Dwarf

          William, your negativism and anti-WVU rants were old weeks ago. Go join some Pitt new boards and haunt them for a pleasant change - for us.

          • Hailey

            Red dwarf, leave William alone, he is our little troll. Don't run him off he is fun to play with, and a very easy target to abuse with his low IQ

        • Terry Wigfield

          NO the judge stated he found no corruption by Luck or others, however the process was not followed exactly and he ordered it to be rebid. I think this shows you talked out your butt without any real information or knowledge.

          • William

            You are wrong - Judge Evans statement ------------- How about the loss of business reputation in the community where they’ve been an established vendor for, I think I heard 72 years? To lose that through a process that is CORRUPT, that is something that is not quantifiable

        • Florida Boy

          William, you are at best a nasty, wet, moucus laced, camel FART.

    • Chris Vaughan

      He got beer into the stadium, he should be crowned Prince of All West Virginia, or, at least, The Duke of Morgantown

    • Grant

      Anyone who wants Luck gone is crazy. Without him, we would be in the AAC playing nobodies.

      • BSAEWVU84

        Not true. ACC didn't want WVU. But that would have been a MUCH better conference geographically and regionally for rivalries and for the WVU fan base. We are a weird fit at best in the B12, but it was the only conference we could jump to at the time. Ollie did help that along for sure and he should get credit.

        • Pudge

          AAC... Not ACC

        • Alum

          Little reading comprehension problem there? Go back and read Grant's comment again.

      • Jeff

        Grant,
        the ACC never wanted us. We would not have got in.

        • armyscot490

          Jeff,
          The AAC is American Athletic Conference. Grant was saying because of Luck we are not in that conference.

          • farm kid

            thanks armyscott. jeff is a low information voter. not well informed with that pitt education.

      • Barry

        But winning.

    • MM

      Who wants Luck gone? I haven't heard anyone say that Luck should be gone. if they do, they have no clue what they're talking about. Luck has done amazing things for the program.

      • Big Larry

        WVU TRAIL OF FAILURE

        1. The WVU Board of Governors hires as president James P Clements who had no prior experience as a college President...

        2, James P. Clements hires athletic director Oliver Luck who had no prior experience as a college athletic director.

        3. Oliver Luck hires head football coach Dana Holgorsen who had no prior experience as a college head coach.

        4. Dana Holgorsen hires defensive coordinator Joe DeForest who had no prior experience as a college defensive coordinator...

        And you are wondering where things went wrong?

        • WVU Fan

          You forgot the CB coach who had never coached DBs

        • Tony R.

          But I gotta say our "D" this year much improved!

          • WVU Fan

            True, because they hired experienced coaches.

        • farm kid

          big larry, your memory is selected. this mess started when old joe manchin place his wee wee in the soup. joe got his daughter a MBA without doing the work. joe hired his friend to run the university WITHOUT any education back ground. those two along with Ed Pastalong hire a loser named good ole boy bill steward who hired an OC that NEVER called a game or was an OC. also they lied to doc holiday about his role at WVU. you people will fire a coach or AD but will allow corrupt political people too continue running the state.

      • GregG

        Well you can count me as one that would love to see Luck gone! He can take his all about the money attitude back to Texas. I have no use for his kind.

        • jr

          Amen

        • zerotolerance

          +1 GG

        • farm kid

          Gregg, how many season tickets have you purchased? when was the last donation you made to the school? come clean tell the followers on this site what you have given to the program. myself twenty two years of owning season tickets and giving.

      • joe

        MM - you are 100% correct. Luck is best thing to happen to WVU in a long long time

    • Mike

      Luck is packing his bags. He is gone. No way is he staying at WVU the sports program is on a total deep slide. He should of never put us in the Big 12.

      • Pudge

        It was either forward or backward. There was no option to stay still when the Big 12 offered. Do you want to be like UConn? Do you want to be Cincy?

      • Jeremy

        WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!? You have NO clue! Just go back to the hole you live in!

      • Ken Hill

        We can't lose Luck. He's done incredible things here. The athletics will most definitely decline if we lose him.

        • Ricky 2 Rings

          "athletics will most definitely decline"? What coal mine have you been hiding in the last 2 years? SMH...

        • joe

          I agree we can not lose him. He was long overdue and much needed for the WVU Athletic department.

          • edward

            I agree also joe, the past AD @ WVU ran off John belien & Rich Rod and i dont blame them for leaving.Nobody wanted wvu until Mr luck went to bat for us.If not for him we would have still been in the old big least.

      • jr

        I Totally Agree..!

      • Mike

        I agree, he's packing his bags, Texas will buyout his contract, and pay him who knows how much, but you can bet more than WVU does.

    • William

      THE DRAMA NEVER ENDS AT WVU. -
      I'M LOVIN' IT
      If only I had a Big Mac now!

      • Pudge

        True that. There is no drama (or anything else) in Huntington.

        • Wvu alum

          Cause no one cares about Huntington. Heck I'm sure the state would vote to just give the whole area to another state if we could

          • Jason

            Pudge and WVU Alum, you two individuals are the first ones to mention Huntington, what does Williams comments on the board have to do with Huntington?

      • Little Bill

        I got your Big Mac

      • William2

        Sure was exciting beating the Herd for 12 consecutive years in FB too. That was some great drama!

        • Jason

          haha...your obsessed...get over it. You should be focusing on WVU's current issues. Army won a bunch of games back in the 40's as well, I dont see them much bragging about it these days.

          • But but but

            Hmmm..at this pace you have won 9 games in two years and 5 of those are against the sisters of perpetual loss. Who will be the first to brag on their bowl wins...

            WVU needs to good its good for the state. But have hope baseball season is coming. Because you think its bad now...wait for you new up close and personal ticket to the bball season..that is a train wreck that will make this football circus look good.

    • joe

      You are 100% right in your thoughts on Mr. Luck. Some people have gotten upset because of the change that has occurred as a result of those hard decisions, but we are very fortunate to have him. Time will provide perspective even for those that have no been fans of his. People should already be seeing this with WVU not being stuck in a lesser conference, as well as the fact that programs like Stanford and Texas continue to come after him. I hope his continued loyalty and commitment remain.

      • Tony R.

        I was all for moving conferences, ACC or Big 10 would have been better geographically. The problem is if we'd have stayed AAC, ran the table, and beat Louisville...we'd have a shot at the national title! Has there ever been a better argument for an NFL style playoff format in the NCAA?

    • J the C

      Well said Art! If these rubes think Oliver Luck is such a terrible AD, then why would the University of Texas, one of the most prestigious programs in the country, consider him for the same position at that institution?

    • bill

      college football is a business, Luck is big business...big biz = big $$.
      so long Ollie!