WVU is fortunate to have Oliver Luck. If you think differently, consider all the candidates in the world Texas could have considered. Luck was one of two at the end.
The man has contacts the world over. He was a Rhodes Scholar finalist who graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He has that Texas law degree, which feathers in nicely with college athletics these days. Also, he has the ultimate college background as, first, a WVU quarterback and, second, an NFL quarterback.
So, let's see. In regard to those credentials, there's USC's Pat Haden and WVU's Luck. Am I missing anyone? (We'll skip Luck's 1996 side job as President and CEO of NFL Europe.)
You get my point. There have been other fine athletic directors in Morgantown. (Luck, by the way, isn't even the most visible. That was Fred Schaus, who coached Jerry West at WVU then in Los Angeles with the Lakers. Guided the Lakers to four NBA Finals.)
No athletic director, however, has ever hit Morgantown with the credentials, contacts, name recognition, work ethic and love for WVU as Luck.
It might have been a bad day for the Mountaineer AD. But it was a very good day for his school's fans.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.