LUCK HAS stated repeatedly that he thinks the Big East will get to 10 football members sooner than later.
As for a potential expansion to 12 football members (and thereby a possible 19 or 20 basketball schools, depending on which side of the equation includes Villanova), Luck is like most of his peers as a "right fit, provide revenue" proponent.
One thing the West Virginia AD does not see occurring anytime soon? That would be secession by the football members to create their own conference, or one that would also bring in one or two valued hoops members.
"The football side would be a really good basketball league in its own right, but I don't see the Big East splitting apart," Luck said. "I sincerely believe the basketball league is easily the best in the country, and I'll argue that until I'm blue in the face.
"I think the football schools certainly can recognize the value the basketball schools bring, and I think the basketball schools in their own way really value what the football members bring to the conference."
Luck said that after the Big East had an NCAA men's basketball champion in ninth conference seed Connecticut and received a record 11 bids into the NCAA field, football should pull more of its own weight as fortunes should improve after 2010.
"Last season may have been the low point for the conference," he said. "I think it really hit bottom, and that's not good."
The Big East had no teams ranked in the final football polls, was 0-6 against ranked opponents and had a 6-14 record against fellow BCS league opponents. Luck pointed to coaching changes (six of eight schools since entering 2009, with another coming at WVU after this season), and TCU's pending arrival.
"Is it a challenge to hold (the conference) together for the commissioner? Maybe," Luck said, "but I don't sense any desire on the part of anybody to head off in their own direction, I really don't.
"I've been on the job here almost a year now and honestly, I haven't had football school ADs or basketball ADs call me privately and say we'd like to have you consider leaving the conference, or anything like that.
"I don't see (a Big East fracture) happening in the short or even the midterm. Long term, who knows? But I'm pretty confident everybody realizes the value we have in us as a group. I don't see that changing."
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