That Luck won't be on hand full-time doesn't worry Clements, who is instead buoyed by the available brainpower.
"I've actually got a double," Clements said. "I've got this more than covered. I'm not concerned about having a lack of leadership. I think we have leadership times two."
It's a new challenge in a new world for Luck, who's been successful in domestic and international football and in soccer, but admits he doesn't have everything people believe are required to be an instant sensation in college.
"I wouldn't say I've got extensive contacts in intercollegiate athletics, but I think I've got enough contacts and I can put things together," Luck said. "But I'm not sure having contacts is all that important. I think what's required now is seeing the big picture and the end game and figuring out how to strategize and how our institution maintains an appropriate reputation."
Pastilong will help. He has a feel for the future based on his past. No one realizes this quite like Luck. Pastilong was WVU's recruiting coordinator when the Mountaineers introduced themselves to Luck as a player at Cleveland's St. Ignatius High School. Luck still likes to point out Pastilong gave Luck his first job at WVU making sure the sprinklers came on at Hawley Field.
"He's pledged to me he'll do whatever I need him to do," Luck said. "And I thank him for that because I know he'll do what's best for the university."
Pastilong has done so in the past during comparable scenarios. WVU landed on its feet when Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech left the Big East years back and it seems the beginning and end of Pastilong's time in charge is to be marked by conference uncertainty.
"I became the AD right when Penn State went to the Big Ten," he said. "This is a similar situation. Before, we formed the Big East. In college athletics there's always a situation in front of you. It's just a matter of what it is and how serious it is.
"This one here is very serious and it could have consequences all over the country. I'm confident Oliver, as one who has been connected with athletics all his life, and has had a connection with WVU all his life, that he'll be capable of walking us through this."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.