Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Luck Resigns as Wvu's Ad to Take No. 2 Job in NCAA

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Luck Resigns as Wvu's Ad to Take No. 2 Job in NCAA

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Oliver Luck resigned Wednesday as West Virginia athletic director to take a post as executive vice president of the NCAA. He will serve as second-in-command to NCAA president Mark Emmert.

Luck, 54, will operate out of the NCAA's Indianapolis offices. His son, Andrew Luck, is quarterback of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts.

"It has been a tremendous honor to serve my alma mater as director of athletics for the past four and a half years," Luck said in a statement. "As those who have spent time in West Virginia know, this is truly a special place."

Executive senior associate athletic director Keli Cunningham will serve as interim athletic director. Cunningham has overseen compliance and daily operations of the department since 2010.

"We plan to move swiftly to find the best fit in a new athletic director to lead our programs, coaches and student-athletes into a new era of Mountaineer athletics," said West Virginia University president Gordon Gee.

Luck, a former West Virginia and NFL quarterback, returned to Morgantown, W.Va., in 2010 to become athletic director. He was reportedly a potential candidate for the athletic director openings at Stanford and Texas the past two years but remained with the Mountaineers.

In October 2012, Luck signed a contract extension that was to keep him in Morgantown through 2017. This season, he was a member of the inaugural College Football Playoff committee.

"This is a time of fundamental change in intercollegiate athletics that will set the foundation for the years ahead," Luck said. "The challenges both internal and external to the NCAA present a unique opportunity to help shape the landscape for hundreds of thousands of young men and women.

"It is an honor to join President Emmert, the NCAA staff and our member institutions in this journey. I look forward to partnering with campus executives, administrators, coaches and student- athletes to enhance the intercollegiate athletics experience."

During his tenure, Luck made a number of significant moves to bring his alma mater into the national spotlight, including multiple coaching changes and striking a multimedia rights deal with IMG College as the school's broadcast rights holder. …

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