"The last remaining piece is for the [state] legislature to approve a sales tax TIF," Luck said.
He said a compromise was worked out with the city of Morgantown in regard to basketball parking along Monongalia Blvd. ("That was just a little tempest in a teapot," Luck said.)
The AD also said those in charge of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl ticket sales were happy. ("I spoke to Mark Holtzman of the bowl," Luck said. "He told me overall sales are healthy and the sales from the schools are very solid.")
Lastly, some WVU fans grumbled after the Mountaineers' basketball loss to Duquesne. The complaint was West Virginia shouldn't be playing at DU. Why continue?
"To play in Pittsburgh," Luck said. "That's the short answer. But it's a fair question. We played at the Consol Energy Center, but it's not as if the arena was filled."
Indeed, the arena wasn't close to being filled.
And finally ...
Tavon Austin fans should be on the lookout for today's release of the Football Writers of America Association All-America team.
WVU football SID Mike Montoro studied the NCAA rulebook and found that Austin, while not in the running as a unanimous All-America player, could become a consensus honoree.
See, the NCAA recognizes five All-America teams: the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, FWAA, Sporting News and Walter Camp units.
Austin made the first team of the Associated Press and AFCA units. He was a second-team pick among Walter Camp honorees. (The Camp group doesn't include an all-purpose player.) Austin didn't make the Sporting News list, which has but one team.
Anyway, Austin's fate apparently hinges on the FWAA's choice between Kent State standout Dri Archer and Austin. Archer made the Sporting News and Camp teams as a kick returner. If one of the two make the FWAA team, he will be a consensus pick.
Research shows the FWAA has gone with a kick return position instead of an all-purpose slot. That seems to favor Archer, which has better return statistics.
We shall see.
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