"I'm supportive of both [eliminating the AQ bids and the four-team playoff]," Luck said. "You look at the schools now in the Top 10 not in BCS bowls: Arkansas, South Carolina, Boise State, Kansas State ... that they're getting passed over stinks.
"I realize this year I'm talking against the interest of [Orange Bowl-bound] WVU, but who can argue against earning your bowl?"
Luck, by the way, would not address the rumors that Mountaineer defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel might leave to join Rich Rodriguez in Arizona - other than to say, "Jeff is under contract with us and I expect him to be here not just this year, but beyond."
A call to Casteel was not immediately returned. Rodriguez, however, seems to be trying his best to get his old band together. Four assistants to Rodriguez at WVU and Michigan - Calvin Magee, Tony Gibson, Tony Dews and Rod Smith - have been hired, and there's rumor ex-Mountaineer line coach Greg Frey, like Smith, might also be on his way to the desert from Indiana.
Rodriguez indicated he'd like to complete his staff by the end of next week.
And finally . . .
WVU sports marketing director Matt Wells said on Thursday that Orange Bowl ticket sales "have really been steady."
Wells said the school was required to take 17,500 tickets and have sold 5,300. He added that with 1,200 to 1,500 to be used by the school, a total of 6,800 have been accounted for.
Season-ticket holders and donors were given priority before sales were opened to the general public. Tickets may be bought online now. Wells also said leftover tickets will be channeled through veterans organizations to make tickets available to those who served in the armed forces.
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