Whether he's running with the bulls in Pamplona, fishing with boosters in southern West Virginia, or rubbing elbows with Smoking Musket bloggers in Baltimore, Ollie Luck does it in style, y'all. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
I had the chance to meet WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck yesterday at an alumni event in Baltimore, and he is every bit as impressive as we think he is. He obviously couldn’t say much about what’s going on behind the scenes in Morgantown, but he took about 10 minutes to talk with me about his recent trip to Spain, the value of Andrew’s architecture degree from Stanford, and some hilarious stories about fishing with Huggs. He was genuinely engaging, bright, and ambitious. This is a guy who will drink you under the table on a Tuesday night with a nice mix of Merlot, Bud heavy and 'shine, then successfully negotiate a new third-tier media contract at 8:45 the next morning---after his daily 10k jog, of course.
President Clements was also at the event and during his remarks mentioned that the ACC "should be pretty nervous right about now." Those were public remarks to an exclusively WVU crowd, so take them for what they’re worth. On the conference realignment issue, Clements’ comments may have been referring to the recent overtures by Florida State and Clemson about joining the Big XII. From what I gather, there is fire to that smoke, but by no means is it a "done deal." The new playoff format will certainly have an impact on any decision both by the conference and by the schools. Also in play? Notre Dame. They, too, will be impacted by the playoff format and depending on that outcome could be forced to join a conference in football or may be inclined to move their non-football sports to a new conference home. Any move the Irish make will clearly have an impact on what direction the Big East, B1G, ACC and Big XII want to take.
Finally, WVU hosted a couple one-day football camps over the weekend. Current WVU commits like Chavis Rawlins (who impressed with his footwork and athletic ability) were on hand as well as a number of targets. There are a few guys rumored to be ready to commit soon, including a pretty good wide receiver. Also, a few players from West Virginia and surrounding areas may have impressed enough to earn scholarship offers. One of those players is a FB/LB who could develop into an Owen Schmitt-type player who impressed the coaches with his improved size and speed. I’ll be interested to see if the coaches value the blocking back position enough to offer a scholarship.