January 19, 2012
Luck on affiliation, Capital Classic, coaching search
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On the other hand, WVU is highly motivated to settle/compromise because it needs to join the Big 12 and make that league's TV contract whole. Both WVU and the Big 12 might be working on a compromise. (Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas wasn't immediately available for comment.) Why? Because there's a chance the Big East could amend its complaint and add the Big 12 to the breach of contract suit.

That's the last thing West Virginia would want. Morgantown is already gaining a reputation across the nation's university landscape as Litigation City. It doesn't want to add to that and drag its new partners into a legal battle.

So it's in the best interest of all to compromise, reach an agreement and get those schedules released. Tickets need to be sold. The wound needs to be cauterized.

  • While Luck was on the phone, he was asked about the Marshall-WVU basketball series in Charleston. It's been an overwhelming success, yet he said the Mountaineers' move to the Big 12 might affect the series.
  • "Both men's and women's games have been successful," Luck said. "I think splitting up the games [from one night] was a good idea. People get home at a decent hour.

    "The timing of it, though, could be problematic when we join the Big 12. The Big 12 window for non-conference games closes earlier than the Big East."

    According to Bob Burda of the Big 12, an 18-game conference schedule begins Jan. 1. A glance of the Big East schedule, however, shows much of the same, with a couple exceptions. For the most part, Big East non-conference play ceased after the Dec. 31 Kentucky-Louisville game. There's the exception for the MU-WVU game and Tennessee is playing Connecticut this Saturday.

    One would imagine conferences schedule non-conference games if television really wants them. But the Big 12 might be more insistent that the MU-WVU game be moved back.

    If that's the case, the Capital Classic could certainly be moved to December. The understanding is it's played when the Legislature is in session to amuse those who vote on funding.

    But the Legislature is like the National Guard. Aside from the 60-day session block, those within meet for a weekend once a month for interim meetings. Surely, a mutual date could be found.

  • And finally . . .
  • Luck was asked about the ongoing search for defensive assistants to work with WVU head football coach Dana Holgorsen. Specifically, the athletic director was asked if he has a heavy hand in the hires.

    "Not really," Luck said. "With Dana, I trust the guy. I like to operate by hiring head coaches and not meddling. He runs names by me, but head coaches know better than I.

    "He's going about the search the way I think you should. He's finding the best candidates possible. It's a thorough search in a methodical, smart, intelligent way."

    Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.

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