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WVU AD says he’s not interested in being Big 12 commissioner

James Clements, Chuck Neinan, Oliver Luck, Tim Weiser AP

As we noted earlier in the week, the Big 12’s Board of Directors are set to meet today to begin the search of replacing acting conference commissioner Chuck Neinas.

So far, only a few names have been connected to the job — Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick among them  but there has been another one floating around the rumor mill: West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck (pictured, third on right).

Before taking the AD position at WVU, Luck was the president of the Houston Dynamo of MLS, and the VP of Business Development and President and CEO of NFL Europe, so he’s held high-ranking positions before.

But Luck has stated multiple times he’s not interested in the position, most recently by the Charleston Gazette’s Mitch Vingle. 

“No,” Luck said when asked if he was interested in the job. “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.

“I’d rather be on the search committee.”

Whether the search committee brings up Lucks name remains to be seen.

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5 Responses to “WVU AD says he’s not interested in being Big 12 commissioner”
  1. bender4700 says: Feb 2, 2012 1:46 PM

    The Big XII’s response to firing Dan “go Horns” Beebe is to hire the AD from WVU their newest member?!?!

    Thumbs Up Big XII.

    Nothing says dysfunction like repeating what got you where you are the last time. Hire a person with no ties to any Big XII school!

  2. lemmam says: Feb 2, 2012 3:11 PM

    Oliver Luck is one of the smartest and sharpest guys you will ever find around football. Luck should be in charge of the NCAA.

  3. normtide says: Feb 2, 2012 4:34 PM

    Really? He is basicly in 2 leagues right now, led his program into a nasty court battle, started it all to join a league that is falling apart and only has legs for 6 years, and was turned down after begging the ACC & SEC for membership. Do not crown him.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Feb 2, 2012 5:41 PM

    Hedge a great choice with no ties to any of the former Big12 members. That’s exactly what they need — somebody with no prior dealings with any of them and he’s got the credentials.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Feb 2, 2012 5:41 PM

    He’d not hedge.

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