When it comes to the speculation that West Virginia’s athletic director could replace the man hired to become the Big 12’s commissioner? That’s another matter entirely, apparently.
It was officially announced Thursday afternoon that Bob Bowlsby was leaving his job as Stanford’s athletic director to become the Big 12’s commissioner. Almost immediately, there were rumors that Luck, whose son Andrew starred at quarterback for the Cardinal the past three years, would be a candidate to replace Bowlsby on The Farm.
Luck’s response when asked about the possibility by the San Francisco Chronicle will, right or wrong, do nothing but add further fuel to the speculation:
“I have no comment on it,” Luck told me Thursday. When I told him that some people might interpret his remark to mean that he’s interested or at least not dismissing the idea out of hand, he said, “Yes, I know, but that’s all I want to say.”
Why Luck decided to take this tack as it pertains to Stanford when he immediately shot down the Big 12 speculation is unclear. Or perfectly clear depending on your vantage point.
WV MetroNews wrote that “Luck… didn’t respond to a message Thursday night asking if he wanted to add anything or clarify his response to the San Francisco Chronicle.”
Luck did, however, release a statement yesterday addressing the hiring of Bowlsby by his athletic department’s new conference home.
“I first met Bob five years ago when Andrew was being recruited by Stanford,” Luck’s statement began. “He is an excellent choice for Big 12 Commissioner and will further enhance the cohesiveness of the conference.
“I have had two of my children compete as varsity athletes at Stanford, and I know how well-rounded the department was under his leadership. Stanford athletics has enjoyed great success with Bob at the helm, and I believe this will translate over to the Big 12. As evident in Stanford’s many Director’s Cup wins in recent years for on-field performance, I believe all sports in the Big 12 will flourish under Bob Bowlsby.”
Incidentally, the Chronicle also floated the name of Condoleezza Rice, the former Secretary of State and current Stanford political science professor, as a potential possibility to replace Bowlsby.