Chuck Carlton on Oliver Luck's possible departure to Texas.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia’s Oliver Luck could interview this week for the athletics director’s job at Texas, according to a report by OrangeBloods.com.

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WVU athletics director Oliver Luck could be hired at Texas to replace DeLoss Dodds by mid-November.

The website on Monday said multiple sources identified Luck as the frontrunner to replace DeLoss Dodds, the next hurdle being a face-to-face interview with UT’s seven-member advisory committee. If Luck makes a positive impression, his contract could be completed by mid-November, just days after Texas plays in Morgantown.

The OrangeBloods.com story follows a Friday report from Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News that said “Luck is the guy, barring a snag.”

While Luck has repeatedly declined comment on the Texas position, neither has he stated intentions to remain at West Virginia.

Luck is midway through his fourth year as West Virginia’s athletics director, a stint in which WVU found a home in the Big 12 after being stiff-armed by the SEC and ACC amid the realignment shuffle. The power-conference affiliation should mean a steep revenue boost in coming years, as could Luck’s other measures: enacting stadium beer sales, the reseating of basketball season ticketholders and this year’s auctioning of third-tier media rights to IMG College. (The details of how Luck and WVU arrived at that contract with IMG remain the subject of pending litigation.)

However, Luck oversaw a hamfisted coaching transition from the late Bill Stewart to Dana Holgorsen, a decision Luck reportedly admitted mishandling to Texas officials, according to OrangeBloods.com. Holgorsen’s record in Big 12 games dipped to 5-9 with Saturday’s 35-12 loss at K-State, foreshadowing all kinds of hot-seat implications should WVU fail to make a bowl.

Luck also made Bob Huggins one of the 10 highest-paid basketball coaches in the nation last year, boosting Huggins’ salary from $2.3 million to $3 million annually at a time when the coach wasn’t clamoring for such a hike and seemed content to finish his career at WVU anyway.

Luck’s ties to Texas run deep. He followed his undergraduate 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, participating in 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 WVU’s athletics director in June 2010, Luck served as president of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo, working to fund the team’s 22,039-seat stadium that opened in 2012.

Luck recently was among the 13 members appointed to the college football playoff committee, which will set postseason pairings next season. His move to Texas wouldn’t necessarily affect that position, considering he could still serve as the sitting AD in the Big 12’s spot.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby and Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick reportedly declined interest in the job, but with the search firm of Korn/Ferry International vetting candidates, Texas could have its pick of top executives—from inside the NCAA and out.

Luck appears to be the current choice, but as Carlton wrote in the Dallas Morning News:

“He’s not without faults. The West Virginia football situation makes Texas look like the 2008 and ’09 vintage in comparison. The school’s bid process on third-tier media rights was messy.

“We know Luck is probably at the top of the short list now. The length of the search might tell us how much company he has — and how serious Texas is about finding the top candidate.”

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  • susanf

    It is obvious to me that those who support Oliver Luck and the move to the Big 12 care about one thing, and one thing only, and that is MONEY. It is a sad time to be a Mountaineer.

    • Jock Strap

      If you want to be known with the big dogs you have to play with the big dogs. This isn't the end of WVU it's a bump in the road, we will adjust and when we do we will compete for conference championships, and when we win one then we will have a shot at mKing the playoffs, when the first and play for national championship. Pretty simple. It's also something that would not happen if we were top dog in the AAC.

      • susanf

        Respectfully, sir, I think you are deluded. We will always be the "underdogs" among the "big dogs". I would be fine w/having a respectable team who could put up a winning record in another conference.

  • Robert

    He got his way and now WVU is in over it's head in the Big12, time to move on.

  • WVU 4 Ever

    PLEASE TAKE THE TEXAS JOB!!!! PLEASE!!!

  • Mike

    To get on here and down a man that saved us from conference disaster is crazy. The man brought stability to WVU. Yeah football is sucking right now but we will get through it. Is it the coach I don't know. I'm apparently not as smart as all of the people commenting on this issue. Luck is a smart man that has done great things no matter where he has been. I'm a football fan 1st but I know what he has done at all 4 corners of this university we call WVU. If he does go I only hope we don't get another Pastilong in there that wants to run things the way they were run in 1960. Thanks Oliver for what you have done for West Virginia University. Some of us "dumb" West Virginians can see what you have done for WVU and the smart ones see what you have missed on.

    • Larry

      You're right, it's a good thing he got us in a conference that was about ready to crumble, and still may if the 16 team superconferences become a reality.

      • Jock Strap

        You're right should have stayed in Big East, oh that's right it's no longer there, ok then the AAC and next year when Louisville and Rutgers aren't we could be top dogs of what? But at least we could have made 7-8 million a year for budget and be undefeated going to low tier bowl game every year.

  • Phil M.

    OKAY I'M REALLY SICK AND TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT GRADUATION RATES AND HOW MUCH BETTER OF AN EDUCATION YOU GET IN THE ACC.

    IT'S ALL BULL CRAP !! I RECEICVED MY EDUCATION AT WVU AND HAVE LIVED A VERY GOOD AND PROSPEROUS LIFE. I WILL RETIRE WELL OFF FINANCIALLY.

    WVU IS AN EXCELLENT SCHOOL, IT IS NOT EASY AND YOU HAVE GRADUATION RATES THAT EQUAL OR BEST MANY ACC SCHOOLS. DID YOU SEE THE RELEASE OF GRADUATION RATES IN FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL, ETC., LAST WEEK

    AS FAR AS OLIVER LUCK IS CONCERNED, I HOPE HE STAYS AND I ECHO THE STATEMANT MADE ABOUT DON NEHLEN. HE DID STAY AND DID MAKE WVU BETTER. BE CAREFUL OLIVER THE GRASS LOOKS GREENER BUT THE TIME TABLE FOR SUCCESS IS NOW NOT 3 OR 4 YEARS DOWN THE ROAD. IF IT'S ONLY ABOUT THE MONEY THEN NONE OF THIS MATTERS. YOU CAN TAKE THE TEXAS MONEY AND GET FIRED AS EASY AS YOU CAN TAKE OURS AND LEAVE.

    • Robert

      YOU DIDN'T LEARN HOW TO SHUT OFF CAPS LOCK, DID YOU.

      • Charleston,WV

        No, he's frustrated Robert, in case you didn't notice.

  • Wvu man 1973

    Go and set Texas football back 30 years.

  • Dave

    LARRY Are you crazy most athletes traveled up to 2 or 3 hrs on a school bus to games in high school. So what is a 3 hr flight?

    • Larry

      Most don't, most high school games are less than an hour apart, a few are that far, but it's not every game, and don't forget about all of the sports that lose money, like all womens sports, baseball, and all other mens sports except football and basketball. If you think it makes sense that's fine, I disagree.

  • susanf

    Obviously, those who support Luck and this boneheaded move to the BIG 12 are not considering the additional costs for the other sports besides football - yes, there ARE other teams and sports at WVU- and their travel costs!

    • Jock Strap

      That has already been addressed and even this year without full payment athletic dept money wise was fine and will only get better. Football is the big money in college right now and Luck made sure WVU was in position to capitalize. Change is not always bad, could still be riding horse and buggies around with some of the philosophies thrown around in these post.

  • Sammy

    Don't let the door hit you where the good Lord split you!

  • David Kennedy

    I'll bet his replacement comes from the University of Oregon... ha ha ha

  • blugldmn

    He has a degree from Texas to you idiots !

  • Imgrill

    Everyone is entitled to an opinion but most of you people have no clue about anything except you want to go back to the days of yesteryear. News flash we aren't going back. The status of our athletic department is better than it has ever been. Go back and look at the coaches we lost or couldn't hire because we didn't have the money, we make more revenue, our total program is at a higher level than anytime in history, and we have great crowds at home games and can watch all games on tv. Wasn't that long ago it was a big deal just to get on tv. Sure I want to win more games and we will. We are not , never have been an elite football school, stop acting like you think we are. Even the so called elite schools sometimes struggle to win( see ND,USC,TX,) in recent years, it's a new world and Luck has given us a chance to be relevant. If he leaves it will be difficult to replace him. Holgs isn't going anywhere soon nor is Huggs. Some of you remind me of the forward thinkers who thought multi-year contracts were a bad ideal and pushed Bowden away. He may leave, UT is a top job, who are you replacing him with ? Some guy from a MAC school? No AD is leaving the SEC or PAC to come here.

    • Rick S.

      Imgrill makes some good points.

      Yes, it used to be a big deal to get a game on television. But now almost every game for every team is televised. The last WVU football game I remember not being televised was about fifteen years ago. So certainly having football games televised has come to be expected and is the norm now.

      Who would replace Luck if he leaves? I don't know that, but somebody will. Babe Ruth was the greatest baseball player of all time, and he retired and eventually died. But you know what? The Yankees continued to do just fine without him. If Luck leaves, there will be no shortage of quality candidates to replace him. Whether we hire the right one or not, well, only time will tell.

  • Patrick

    In almost any industry, if your boss knows that you are planning to interview for another job outside of the present company, you are as good as gone. And while I have defended Oliver Luck to many, I think we should cut ties with him now. Loyalty is a very important quality to me. Luck is not showing any. We (WVU) should spend some time hunting for a solidy replacement for him. I want a person who possesses a strong vision... one that is consistent with WVU Athletic Dept. developing and maintaining a solid financial position and having its teams win and compete for championships.

    • OhMY

      Reported in the media - Luck told Clements less than a month ago that he was not interested in the Texas job and that he loved it here in WV. He said the job here is not done and he planned to see it through. Soooo, how many of you OL lovers believe him? When will you goofballs learn you can't trust this man.

    • Billy

      I wish I would have written that. Well thought out post

  • big tom

    taylor , I hope no one is dumb enough to pay you for this,,, you are one inept writer, who must ride on the back of a garbage truck on you day job.

    • Public Ed

      big tom,

      inept writer? Alan Taylor is obviously the most accurate and informed sports writer in WV. Show me another one who puts out as many intelligent, interesting articles about WVU Sports as Mr. Taylor does? this story alone has nearly 200 comments. There is not one person better at stimulating our broca than Mr. Taylor. Thanks. PS - I am not Alan Tayor