Oliver Luck reiterates no interest in Big 12 commish job

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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.”

Report: starting West Virginia defensive lineman Adam Shuler leaving to pursue career in track

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You don’t see this happen too often.

Citing multiple sources, Mike Casazza of EerSports.com is reporting that West Virginia defensive lineman Adam Shuler is no longer a member of the Mountaineers football team.  A team official stated the redshirt sophomore “is reportedly pursuing a career in track and field,” Casazza wrote.

It’s unclear whether the track & field pursuit would take place at WVU or at another university.

According to Shuler’s bio on the team’s official website, he finished runner-up as a high school senior in the discus at the Florida state track & field championships.  He finished third in the same event as a sophomore.

Shuler, a three-star member of the Mountaineers’ 2015 recruiting class, started 10 games this past season.  However, on the most recent depth chart, he’s listed as the backup to Ezekiel Rose at one of the defensive end spots.

In 12 games, Shuler’s three sacks were tied for third on the team while his eight tackles for loss were good for solo third.

East Carolina grad transfer QB Gardner Minshew will reportedly visit Alabama this weekend

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It appears the Jalen Hurts Transfer Protection Plan™ is close to being implemented.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Alabama had an interest in Gardner Minshew, the quarterback who announced late last month that he had withdrawn from East Carolina to tend to a personal matter in his home state of Mississippi.  That interest has ramped up since as al.com is reporting that Minshew will be visiting the Crimson Tide’s campus this weekend.

As a graduate transfer, Minshew would be eligible to play immediately this season at UA, or any other FBS program for that matter.

Alabama’s interest in a grad transfer at the position will do nothing to quell the rumors that Hurts, the starter for each of the last 29 games over the past two seasons, is a potential candidate for a transfer. Hurts was benched in favor of Tua Tagovailoa in the national championship game, with the true freshman’s comeback heroics signaling a likely changing of the guard under center.

As for Minshew, he started five games for the Pirates last season, throwing for 2,140 yards, 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions in completing just over 57 percent of his 304 pass attempts. Prior to his departure from ECU, he was penciled in as the Pirates’ 2018 starting quarterback.

Wake Forest WR Greg Dortch cleared for spring practice

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Unlike how his 2017 season ended, Greg Dortch‘s 2018 offseason is trending much more positively.

In Wake Forest’s late-October win over Louisville, Dortch went down with what turned out to be a season-ending abdominal injury. Four months after sustaining the injury, and with spring practice right around the corner, the wide receiver has been medically cleared to fully participate in practice.

Despite missing the last month of the regular season as well as the postseason, Dortch still led the Demon Deacons in receiving yards with 722. His 53 receptions and nine receiving touchdowns were tied for tops on the team as well.

In the game in which he was injured, he set the school record with four touchdown catches.

Jeff Brohm stays in-house for new Purdue assistant

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When it came to filling out his Purdue coaching staff, Jeff Brohm didn’t have to look very far.

Kevin Wolthausen, the football program confirmed in a release, has been hired as the 10th of Brohm’s allotted 10 Boilermakers assistant coaches.  Per the school, Wolthausen will be working with the team’s special teams and defense.

This marks a positional homecoming of sorts for Wolthausen as he spent the 2012 season as the defensive line coach at Purdue.  Last season, Wolthausen served as a quality control coach for both special teams and defense for the Boilermakers.

In between his two stints in West Lafayette, Wolthausen was the special teams coordinator and linebackers coach at UConn in 2016; the two years prior, he was the Huskies’ defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.

In 2013, Wolthausen was the special teams coordinator at Florida International.  The 60-year-old long-time college football assistant has also spent time on staffs at Louisville, Arizona, USC, Arizona State and Oklahoma.