MORGANTOWN - Jim Clements is no dummy.
The West Virginia University president knows he's got a sharp and aggressive athletic director and he knows Oliver Luck is admired and desired for those traits.
Clements also knows Stanford, a university Luck knows very well, is looking to replace its athletic director.
So earlier this week, Clements met with Luck and learned his A.D. planned on staying put.
"I knew his name had come up for Big East commissioner, the Big 12 commissioner, it had come up for Stanford, so I said, 'I'm just asking in general, because I know the next big university, like Texas, is going to need an A.D. and your name is going to be on the list, so I need to know because we've got a lot going on here,'" Clements said Thursday.
"He said, 'Jim, I love it here, I love what I do. I think we're making great progress. This is my alma mater and this is where I want to be.'"
The details of that conversation could have stayed private and the particulars of Luck's career preferences could have remained exclusive to him and his confidants.
Clements thought it was smart to share his discovery.
"We know how much West Virginia means to everyone and I don't want Mountaineer Nation to continue to be stressed out about it," he said. "I don't want Oliver distracted from his work or me distracted from my work. I'd rather just squash the rumor."
Thus ended two weeks of speculation about Luck, a former WVU Rhodes Scholar finalist and starting quarterback who has been on the job since June 2010.
Bob Bowlsby, the Stanford A.D. the past six years, announced May 3 he was leaving to become the commissioner of the Big 12 Conference. Almost immediately Luck's name was mentioned as possible replacements.
When asked, Luck would decline comment and the words were twisted to make it seem as though he was interested.