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Oliver Luck agrees to extension with WVU

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One of the top athletic directors in the country is staying with his alma mater for a little bit longer.

Mitch Vingle of the Charleston Gazette reported Friday that West Virginia was close to announcing a five-year deal with athletic director Oliver Luck. A release from the university came a short while later confirming the news. The deal extends Luck’s employment at WVU for an extra two years, from 2015 to 2017. He was currently in the third year of an original five-year contract.

“Oliver Luck is a true leader. He has brought stability, momentum and energy to his position. He is someone we want on our team for many more years to come,” WVU president James Clements said in a statement.

“I appreciate the confidence that President Clements has placed in me and the entire athletic department team,” Luck added. “We will continue to work hard as we transition into the Big 12, and will strive to represent this University and this State with the pride and passion each deserves. This is my alma mater and I am thrilled to serve her.”

The agreement states that Luck’s salary will be $550,000, with a maximum performance bonus capped at $150,000 per year.

Luck’s been linked to other jobs in his short time with WVU, most notably the previously-open position as Big 12 commissioner, which eventually went Bob Bowlsby, and Bowlsby’s old job as Stanford’s AD.

This is big (and good) news for WVU. The Mountaineers simply wouldn’t not be in the Big 12 without Luck.

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4 Responses to “Oliver Luck agrees to extension with WVU”
  1. whoisedgy says: Oct 12, 2012 10:01 PM

    Oliver Luck is singularly responsible for elevating WVU athletics into the big time. Great move signing him to this extension.

  2. wvucolumbus says: Oct 12, 2012 10:10 PM

    whoisedgy-totally agree. Prior to Luck, we were a middle-middle class to upper-middle class athletics program. We are firmly entrenched as a lower-upper class athletics program, which is astonishing given the 1.5 M population within the state.

  3. whitdog23 says: Oct 13, 2012 10:52 AM

    state population is a predictor of athletic success?? why isn’t NYU or C.W. Post national champs every year then? even USC can’t get in title hunt and LA is big. your premise is ridiculous.

  4. inconsonance says: Oct 13, 2012 2:58 PM

    I think what wvucolumbus means that WVU is performing above what is expected of an athletics program in a state of WV’s size. Nowhere did he say that population is a predictor of anything. You came up with that nonsense yourself.

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