But that never translated to WVU baseball.
"It always bothered me that people would talk about the great baseball culture in the state, but that never manifested itself [at WVU],'' Luck said. "It bothered me that when basketball season was over, the only thing people talked about looking forward to was the spring [football] game. Baseball is a great sport. It deserves more attention.''
All it took to get it going at the school was a little of that attention. Luck praises the first-year baseball coach he hired to run the program, Randy Mazey, for the remarkable job he's done in a short time. But he won't criticize Mazey's predecessor because he was working under some trying circumstances.
"You can't say anything bad about Greg Van Zant because remember, he recruited most of these players,'' Luck said.
Still, a change was necessary, if for no other reason than the program was so stale and needed a shot of adrenaline.
"But there were some pretty easy decisions to make regarding the baseball program that didn't involve coaching,'' Luck said. "Like giving them a locker room. Think about how much time a baseball team spends in a locker room or a clubhouse. That's where a team bonds. And these guys were dressing in their cars.
"It was kind of like fully funding the rifle team's scholarships. It wasn't that hard to do and it makes such a big difference.''
Everything, it seems, has worked together to make a difference for this team. With two series remaining - this weekend against TCU at Appalachian Power Park and next weekend at Oklahoma State - West Virginia is tied for first in the Big 12. But no matter how things turn out in those two series and beyond that, so much has already been accomplished.
Just count the wins and the people in the stands to know that.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.