On more than one occasion, Oliver Luck‘s name has been mentioned as a potential permanent successor to Dan Beebe as the Big 12’s commissioner.
On more than one occasion, Luck has shot down such speculation. Recently, Luck did some additional shooting as his name continues to be part of the commissioner conversation.
During the course of an interview with Hoppy Kercheval — yes, Ben’s dad — of West Virginia MetroNews late last week, Luck, father of No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Andrew Luck, once again reiterated that he’s very happy with his current job as West Virginia’s athletic director and is not interested in heading the conference.
“No,” Luck said when asked if he has any interest in the commissioner’s job. “I can’t say it more simply than that. …
“I’ve had folks call me, search companies call me, etc. and I’ve said politely “no thank you, I’m not interested.’ I thoroughly enjoy what I’m doing in Morgantown, love living in Morgantown, got a son who’s starting high school in Morgantown and it is home.”
The 52-year-old Luck has been WVU’s AD since June of 2008 and will be shepherding his school’s athletic department into its first season of competition in the Big 12 this year.
It’s been reported that the Big 12 hopes to have a new commissioner named by its spring meetings May 30-June 1 in Kansas City, Mo. The contract of Chuck Neinas, the conference’s interim commissioner, expires at the end of June.
The Dallas Morning News wrote last week that “[i]n an ideal timetable, the new hire could meet with the Big 12’s board of directors and then have a transition period with acting commissioner Chuck Neinas before Neinas’ contract expires June 30.”
As for just who that new hire might be, Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman wrote in his weekly “Nine things and one crazy prediction” column Sunday night that, despite speculation to the contrary, “Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione and ESPN’s Burke Magnus don’t appear to be serious candidates for Big 12 commissioner at this point.” Interestingly, Bohls notes that, per a pair of sources, the conference has settled on a pair of unnamed finalists.
One of those might be Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby, who Bohls explains “is receiving support for the position from a number of Big 12 school officials.”