The Times West Virginian

WVU Sports

March 18, 2012

Luck leading WVU through transition


MORGANTOWN — Big man, big ideas

Luck admits that he’s happy with his situation.

“It’s been very satisfying,” he said when asked if this is just a stopping point on the way to Big 12 commissioner or some other job of that sort. “It’s my alma mater. I want to see WVU take its rightful spot in the college sports hierarchy. I also enjoy challenging the status quo. If you don’t do that, you remain mired in mediocrity. Woe is us; we can’t do any better. That’s not us.”

Luck feels as though he is just in the beginning phases of a much bigger job.

“There’s still a lot of things we have to do. Our athletic department has always been healthy and solid, but times they are a-changing. As we go into the Big 12 we have to figure things out. I’m still enjoying every little challenge,” he said.

“The older I get — and I’m 51 — I realize in life you want to accomplish things. I just booked a flight to Houston to go down when the new stadium opens in May. That’s sort of my baby.”

He is doing things and has a purpose for what he’s doing.

“You want to accomplish things and you have to be careful not to confuse activity — being busy — with accomplishing things,” he said. “If baseball works out with a minor league team, it would be great with the community.

“I’ve been surprised by how many minor league teams have knocked on my door saying finally someone is going to do something with that community. I’ve been shocked by the high level of people who are interested.”

You don’t know until you try it, and Luck is certainly willing to try things.

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