"I'm not sure [the reduction in football scholarships] hurt," he said. "Even this year we're not at our full scholarship count. We're two or three short of our 80 allotment. Part of that is because of sanctions, but sometimes you just can't find that last player or two that can help you. I don't think we were really affected there."
He said the 23 percent reduction for football activities was served mostly during spring ball.
"We might have knocked off a couple hours in season," Luck said. "Spring ball is important, but when you have a senior-laden team like we did last year with Geno [Smith] and Tavon [Austin], it probably didn't hurt as much as it could have."
One could certainly argue it didn't help WVU's 2012 defense. But one can't argue the loss of a couple of grad assistants hurt.
"To me those positions have always been for young coaches to learn," Luck said. "It's for them to gain experience to move on and become a college or high school coach. Did that hurt us? It's hard to say it did."
Luck said, though, he does expect WVU to have a "full complement" of grad assistants this coming season.
The athletic director again praised Cunningham for doing "a great job with coaches, boosters and athletes."
The champagne, though, will wait.
"We're not going to pop the cork," he said, "until we get the final report."
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