CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As he's just headed out for almost two weeks on the rubber-chicken fundraising circuit, Oliver Luck seems as much a juggler as West Virginia's athletic director.
As luck would have it, I had questions earlier this week, and he had answers. Some of these subjects may come up, some not, in his stops zigzagging the state. But if Luck is usually anything, it's forthcoming.
Be in NCAA allegations against WVU, Big East expansion, football futures, Mountaineer basketball issues, the former quarterback closing in on one year as the AD at his alma mater provided a columnist's and readers' buffet.
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ASKED IF he expects word very soon from the NCAA following the summary disposition process dealing with five major and one secondary violation against WVU football, Luck said he doesn't "know the time frame, to be honest.
"Part of it is the fact that this is the first time through the summary disposition process. That last time the university had a major violation (2006-07, men's soccer), I think we went before the infractions committee.
"I do feel - I'm not sure with a high level of confidence because we haven't been through this before - relatively confident that the penalties we've imposed on ourselves, by and large, are adequate, based on the seriousness of the infractions.
"In some cases, those (self-imposed penalties) have come and gone, and we're back to status quo. The people I talk with (WVU compliance staffers) here, my sense from talking with them, is that what we've imposed was significant and adequate for the level of misconduct."
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LUCK CONFIRMED the Mountaineers will play in the fifth edition of the SEC/Big East Invitational basketball series in early December, an ESPN production that has undergone a format change from two neutral-site doubleheaders to 12 games over three days, six at Big East campus sites and six at SEC home arenas.
While all 12 SEC teams will now play annually, four Big East teams won't (five a year from now when TCU becomes the 17th member).
Luck said an opponent for Coach Bob Huggins' team isn't a done deal, but WVU will play on the road.
He also confirmed that when that series is played, the Mountaineers won't yet be in their $26 million basketball practice facility, as earlier expected.
"What the construction people call 'substantial completion' will be in late October, November of this year," said Luck, adding that then WVU has to then go into the facility for additional work, like laying a playing floor.
"I have a sense it will be available to both basketball programs sometime during this season, maybe January, but they won't move into the facility - the offices there - until after the season. I think there was some hope it could be finished in August or September, in time for Midnight Madness (and the mid-October practice start), but I think that was a bit unrealistic from the start."
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ON BIG EAST expansion, Luck said he would "have to defer to the conference" when asked if Villanova was still in play as a potential 10th football member.