YE OLDE (bursting) notebook:
There might, however, be a new sound.
Luck said the school is trying to organize and do a better job with the Mountaineer Mantrip, a team walk into the stadium before home games.
"We're trying to find an Air Raid siren to alert the fans the Mantrip is about to begin," Luck said.
That, of course, would play off the "Air Raid" nickname applied to Dana Holgorsen's offense. Otherwise, Luck said, WVU fans won't notice much difference, aside from new beer carts.
The gray walls around the stadium, he said, will remain so for this season. An idea was to add color and branding, but only one company responded to the idea and that proposal apparently wasn't satisfactory.
"I think we have a few hundred left for the Kansas game," Luck said. "The other six home games have been sold out. Having said that, some schools return tickets. We have waiting lists and so on.
"One thing we're excited about is the use of ticket scanners. It's the same system pro teams use and hopefully our fans will get used to it. You can buy tickets online. If you're not using them, you can email them to someone else or donate them back to the university. You don't have to arrange to meet someone."
"You never want to say never," Luck said when asked if the series might resume. "Things change. But in the near future I don't see us playing."
The Mountaineer AD said he'd like to get former rivals Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech back on the non-conference schedule.
Of course, the death of the series will be felt by Marshall's athletic department. When the game was held in Huntington, it was a boon for athletic director Mike Hamrick and company.
MU supporters still point to WVU's series with East Carolina. Both teams are in Conference USA. Why the Pirates and not the Thundering Herd?
"That was a six-year commitment made before I was here," Luck said. "We canceled one of those [ECU] games for the opportunity to play Alabama [in 2014]."
Don't be surprised if other ECU games disappear now that WVU is in the Big 12.