"I can't help but reflect back to when I was the recruiting coordinator and Gary Stevens and I went up to St. Ignatius High School and brought Oliver in,'' Pastilong said. "That worked out pretty well, didn't it?''
Indeed, Luck became much more accomplished as a quarterback than was Pastilong, but that wasn't his only job at West Virginia. Pastilong pointed out, in fact, that this will be the second time Luck has been on the athletic department's payroll.
"The first or second year here, Oliver was looking for a part-time job. At the time one of my responsibilities was looking after some of the facilities,'' Pastilong said. "Well, we were having problems keeping people off of Hawley Field. We'd get it ready for a game and come back the next day and find that people had been walking dogs or hitting golf shots or whatever on the field.
"So I hired Oliver to watch Hawley Field. I reminded him when we talked that this isn't his first job at WVU. It's his second.''
Pastilong, who had volunteered to stay in the job beyond this year if that's what the university wanted, said Luck's hiring makes it easier to retire and that he has come to grips with it.
"Yes, I've come to that point. And one of the reasons is the selection [of Luck],'' Pastilong said. "Having a great deal of affinity for this university after having spent 35 years working here, you have a great deal of interest in the success of the school and the department. And with Oliver I feel good about that.''
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