"And this realignment has a major effect on a lot of institutions, and of course WVU is no exception. I look forward to working with [WVU president James Clements] and his staff that he's put together to really make sure that we protect WVU as best we possibly can, to make sure our affiliations are the best affiliations we can have to further the growth of our university, to improve our academics and again, to build on the great foundation that Eddie and his team have left at WVU.''
Still, the challenge alone was not enough to lure Luck back to his alma mater. With two children at Stanford in the fall and two more still at home, Luck needed some convincing.
Luck talked about getting to know Clements as "a family guy'' even before the athletic director's position came open and Luck was a member of the Board of Governors. Both are married with four children.
"My wife, thank goodness, is a very flexible person. We've lived in Europe and she grew up overseas because her father was in the offshore oil business. So she's accustomed to moving around,'' Luck said. "The most important thing in my life, certainly, is family. So we had a lot of thinking, my wife and I, in terms of making the decision. Can we do this? Is it possible? And because of the affirmation that Jim and [Clements' wife] Beth have given me in terms of how they've raised their family, I thought it was possible to do this.
"It did take some thought on our part, as well as a good bit of jaw-boning from the president.''
Luck was asked in jest if his oldest son, Andrew, was part of the deal. Andrew Luck is the starting quarterback at Stanford, a top NFL prospect and, Oliver Luck admits, "much'' better than he was as a quarterback at WVU.
"I don't think Andrew's part of the deal,'' Luck said. "He's happy out at Stanford and he's very happy with Coach [Jim] Harbaugh. I don't think he plans to transfer anywhere.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.