West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck is the leading candidate to replace DeLoss Dodds as athletic director at Texas, according to a report on Monday from the Dallas Morning News.
An eight member committee advising UT president Bill Powers will start to interview candidates this week and Luck is the clear front runner for the spot.
“It is Oliver Luck’s job to lose,” said one industry source with knowledge of the Texas situation, indicating Luck could be hired by Dec. 1. “He’s No. 1 and No. 1A on their list. Then there’s everybody else.”
Another source with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed Luck’s favorite status but cautioned that the committee could go in a different direction depending on how the interviews progress.
Luck might be best known as the father of former Stanford and current Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. He was most recently named to the College Football Playoff selection committee.
His move to Texas would be an interesting one, as he might end up making some football firing and hiring decisions right off the bat.
The 76-year-old Dodds will officially retire in August of 2014, so if Luck was hired, he wouldn’t take over until then.