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Luck resigns from WVU AD post

December 17th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck has been named the NCAA's executive vice president of regulatory affairs, the organization announced WednesdayPer an NCAA statement, Luck's position is a newly created one "that will bring the national office regulatory functions — academic and membership affairs, the Eligibility Center and enforcement — under one umbrella." Luck is believed to be second-in-command in the NCAA's organizational hierarchy, answering only to president Mark Emmert. "I am very pleased to have Oliver joining our team in the national office,” said Emmert. “He brings to us wide ranging, hands-on experience from across athletic, academic, and business worlds. Most important, his commitment to the success and well-being of our student-athletes is unquestionable … I'm anxious for him to get started with us." The Charleston Daily Mail first reported that Luck would resign his position with the Mountaineers. An influential figure in college athletics, Luck served as the Big 12's representative on the first College Football Playoff Selection Committee. Luck has been previously connected to the Texas athletic director's job and the Big 12 commissioner position but had remained in the same West Virginia AD's position he had occupied since 2010. Accepting the NCAA position will move Luck to the organization's headquarters in Indianapolis, where he will share a city with son Andrew Luck, the former Stanford star and current Indianapolis Colts quarterback. “This is a time of fundamental change in intercollegiate athletics that will set the foundation for the years ahead,” Oliver 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.”

Among Luck's accomplishments at West Virginia were overseeing the school's move into the Big 12 and hiring Dana Holgorsen as the Mountaineers football coach.

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