MORGANTOWN - Conspicuously absent from Oliver Luck's WVU-generated biography is any mention of perhaps the one thing Luck has tried to do in his life and failed.
He did mention it just in passing Monday during what was billed as a press conference to introduce him as West Virginia's new athletic director, but in reality was equal parts testimonial and reunion, what with perhaps 10 percent of the crowd actually made up of media.
"I dabbled in political science, as many folks may remember,'' Luck pointed out to those assembled. "I actually dabbled in the reality of politics when I made a congressional run in 1990.''
That he did not expound on it any further is understandable. Again, it seems to be one of the few things Luck has done with his life that did not end in some sort of triumph. Running as a Republican, Luck was rather soundly defeated in that 20-years-ago West Virginia 2nd Congressional District race by Harley Staggers Jr.
But more than defeat, the experience also left Luck rather sullied for one of the few times in his life. Six months before that election, he was accused by the Staggers camp of using a Mountaineer Athletic Club mailing list to further his campaign. He sent a photo of himself as WVU's quarterback from 1979-81 and an accompanying letter to more than 4,000 MAC contributors.
Because the MAC is a non-profit organization, using a mailing listed generated from its members for political gain is, well, let's just say a no-no.
In response to the charges, WVU officials investigated, as did the state's Ethics Commission. Luck initially said he had no knowledge of his campaign using the mailing list and called the accusations "smear tactics" by the Staggers campaign. But the investigation discovered that two wholly anonymous athletic department employees - a bookkeeper and a date processor - generated the list. At least one WVU official at the time said that Luck asked for the list. The Ethics Commission's report also said the list was generated at Luck's request.
The two WVU ticket office employees - Ernest Anderson and John Secreto - were fined $200 each by the state's Ethics Commission and suspended for two days without pay generating the list and passing it along to Luck. Luck later apologized.
And on Monday, Luck had no trouble talking about the experience. What's that old adage about learning more from one's failures than all the successes?
"It's not really come up much,'' Luck said of the trouble in 1990. "I think it may have come up when I was appointed to the [WVU Board of Governors in 2008], but it obviously wasn't a deal-breaker.
"It was a great experience, one of the [best] experiences I ever had. I learned a lot about the state and I learned how to run a business. I learned how to raise money, which will certainly serve me well in this position.''