Yeah, especially since those MAC mailing lists are no longer off limits and, in fact, the key component of WVU's athletic fundraising.
"Yeah, in retrospect that was a mistake,'' Luck said. "But at the time I had no idea that was improper.''
To be brutally honest, that whole campaign still seems a glitch on Luck's resume. But it was of his own doing.
Aside from his time as a student-athlete at WVU from 1978-82, that brief period was the only time Luck ever lived in West Virginia. He had been recruited to WVU by Frank Cignetti from Cleveland, and upon his graduation lived in Texas for five years while playing for the Houston Oilers and earning a law degree from the University of Texas.
He moved back to West Virginia after working for a brief time in Washington, seemingly only to run for office. Luck was hired to work for a Morgantown law firm despite not being licensed to practice in the state until months after his hiring. And after his defeat he went on to work for the NFL, mostly in Europe. He's spent the last 10 years back in Houston.
But none of that should be counted against Luck now. He is still a highly accomplished WVU graduate who is, by all indications, the best available person on the planet to run West Virginia's athletic department during a time when leadership is going to be so vital.
It certainly didn't give second thoughts to the man who hired Luck, WVU president James Clements.
"Oliver is a class act,'' said Clements, who learned of Luck's congressional run and the circumstances around it during the past few months. "I think he's above board on everything he does. I think he has very high ethical standards. I have no concerns about him leading our program. In fact, I'm thrilled about it.''
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