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.