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WVU president says Luck's staying

West Virginia University president Jim Clements said on Thursday athletic director Oliver Luck is staying in Morgantown for the foreseeable future.

Luck's name has been mentioned as a candidate for the open athletic director job at Stanford, among others. The Mountaineer A.D. did not end speculation when asked about the opening on May 8. He told the Gazette, "I'm not going to comment." He also refused to comment on the opening to other media outlets.

On Thursday, however, Clements met with Luck over the matter.

"I sat down with Oliver," Clements told the Gazette. "I told him I need to know because I've been getting inquiries, calls and texts, and he said, 'Jim, I love it here; I'm a Mountaineer; I'm staying.' "

Luck replaced Ed Pastilong at WVU on June 9, 2010, and has since fired head football coach Bill Stewart, hired Dana Holgorsen and helped move the school from the Big East to the Big 12 Conference.

When Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby left to take over as commissioner of the Big 12, though, Luck was mentioned as a candidate by the Stanford Daily, San Francisco Chronicle and other media outlets. Luck's son, Andrew, was a star quarterback at Stanford and the No. 1 pick of  the NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts. Luck's daughter, Mary Ellen, currently is a volleyball player for the Cardinal.

WVU, though, is where Luck graduated magna cum laude in 1982 and where he'll stay for the immediate future, according to the university's president.

"He's doing a great job," Clements said. "We need him. We have a good team in place. He's made it clear he's staying."

Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvingle@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.


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