Posted October 28, 2013

Report: West Virginia’s Oliver Luck expected to be next Texas athletic director

Texas Longhorns, West Virginia Mountaineers
Oliver Luck was recently announced as one of the members of the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Oliver Luck was recently announced as one of the members of the playoff selection committee. (David Smith/AP)

Pending an interview with an advisory committee, West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck is expected to be named athletic director at Texas by the end of November, sources told Chip Brown of OrangeBloods.com.

Luck, father of former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, would replace longtime Longhorns AD DeLoss Dodds, who announced his impending retirement earlier this month after 32 years. The announcement of Luck’s appointment could come as early as Nov. 16, Brown reports.

Texas President Bill Powers would make the announcement. Powers is the former dean of the UT Law school, where Luck earned his law degree. Luck is a former quarterback for the Houston Oilers and spent time as the president and general manager of the Houston Dynamo of MLS.

Brown reports that Luck is the favorite among candidates that include Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione and Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick.

On Oct. 16 Luck was announced as one of 13 members of the College Football Playoff selection committee. On a teleconference with reporters that day, Luck declined to comment when asked about the Texas athletic director position.

Luck controversially hired Dana Holgorsen as coach-in-waiting at West Virginia after the 2010 campaign without the consent of then-coach Bill Stewart. Luck fired Stewart before the 2011 season largely because of the coach’s opposition to Holgorsen’s appointment. At Texas, Luck would inherit a football program in flux as longtime coach Mack Brown remains on the hot seat with the Longhorns. Still, Luck would also take over an athletic department that Dodds helped build into the biggest in the country, one that runs on a $163 million budget.

10 comments
CurtisMcIntire
CurtisMcIntire

Good let him go. He was never for WVU anyway. He run our football program in the ground!

coalfieldcuz
coalfieldcuz

Well, as a WVU fan, I'm glad to see him go actually.  He brought us Holgerson and got us into the Big 12. Seems like he is getting out of town before the sh#t hits the fan. IMHO, Holgerson is not the answer at the head coaching position and WVU should have tried to cut a deal to enter a conference closer to home. That's my 2 cents worth.

brianpiercy
brianpiercy

This WVU fan agrees (sadly) that this the best move for Ollie. Best of luck. By the way - could you send us a new football coach?

owengolden
owengolden

Looks like Mr. Luck will be firing Mack Brown. 

Cool
Cool

IMHO this is a no brain decision.

rskins09
rskins09

@coalfieldcuz ... Didn't have a problem with the hiring of Holgerson ...  Luck's  big mistake was getting  West Virginia  into the Big 12  Conference ..    Big 12 has  TOO many dominate teams for WV to compete ..I thought  year before last that  WV  was making a mistake doing this --going into the Big 12  even though WV 's  football team  was head and shoulders better than now ..No way WV  is going to get  the  four / five star recruits  that the Texas teams  get  year after year -- never ..Reminds me of  Maryland   vs  Clemson , Fla. State  recruits .. You can be the best college football coach in the world but you still need the material  to compete .. Luck realize's  the mistake he made  and is getting out while the getting is good ...He see's  the handwriting on the wall ... BTW, don't have anything against  WV football ; in fact been to three, four  Md.-WV  football  games @ College Park,Md . PS ..WV would have been better off getting into the ACC Conference instead of the Big 12 ... 

JohnBarnard
JohnBarnard

@owengolden And if Texas runs the table and plays in a BCS bowl, something not out of the question now that the defense has begun to perform?


GravyMartin
GravyMartin

@owengolden I hope Mack simply resigns, leaving with dignity.   He had a great run but it's time for new blood.