MORGANTOWN - One bright spring day last week, Ed Pastilong was at a youth baseball field just a short walk from the WVU Coliseum, pitching batting practice to one of his grandsons.
For a 66-year-old, he wasn't all that bad.
"Yeah, but my four grandsons have adjusted to my curveball,'' Pastilong said. "I've got to get a slider or something to keep them honest. I need an out pitch.''
He should have some time on his hands to do that now that West Virginia University has named his replacement. Oliver Luck was hired Thursday as the school's new athletic director, allowing Pastilong to meet his June 30 retirement date.
"I'm pleased with the choice,'' Pastilong said. "Oliver is very capable. And he's just an all-round good guy.''
Pastilong won't have a ton of free time, mind you. He will stay involved with the athletic department for two more years as the athletic director emeritus. And he figures to be fairly busy in that role at least for a while because Luck, although he officially takes over in just a few weeks, said Thursday his first six months on the job will be a transition period during which he will also continue his duties as president of Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo.
"Until he walks in and sits down in this seat and takes over, I'll work with him and [WVU] President [James] Clements and do whatever they need me to do,'' Pastilong said. "But once he gets in here and takes control, I'm going to get out of his way.''
The hiring of Luck means WVU will continue to have an ex-Mountaineer quarterback in the athletic director's chair. Pastilong was a quarterback for the team in the mid-1960s. He was also an assistant on Frank Cignetti's coaching staff in the late 1970s when Luck was recruited to play at WVU.