Many around the West Virginia University program remember Oliver Luck as a quarterback. Some followed him in the business world.
Across the Mountain State, however, the soon-to-be athletic director is known as a winner, and those close to the WVU program gave him an overwhelming thumbs-up.
Including the man he'll be replacing on July 1.
"I am pleased that Oliver Luck will be taking over,'' Pastilong said. "He is very capable and an all-around good guy.''
Pastilong, who will serve as AD emeritus through 2012, even seemed proud that he helped recruit Luck in football from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland to WVU.
"I look forward to working with him over the next two years and continuing the momentum that we have going. He will be a good fit for our staff.''
Luck's former coach, Don Nehlen, called the hire "a slam dunk.''
"I think it's great,'' Nehlen said. "He'll do a wonderful job for WVU.''
Nehlen said he remembers "how tough mentally'' Luck was as a quarterback.
"He was a quarterback, but he was also a football player,'' Nehlen said. "He was a tough son-of-a-gun.
"What's not to like? He's a Mountaineer. He's sharp. He'll bring national recognition to the school immediately. [WVU president] Jim Clements should feel very good about this hire.''