Oliver Luck’s profile has skyrocketed since his son Andrew became the Indianapolis Colts’ franchise quarterback. Two weeks ago, he was named to college football's 13-member playoff selection committee. As a rookie in Houston, he was joined on the depth chart by Archie Manning and the younger Luck was tasked with a second job — picking up young Peyton and Eli from the airport in his pickup truck.
He ran for congress as a Republican, became general manager of the World League of American Football's Frankfurt Galaxy, was promoted to President of NFL Europe, then transitioned to that other football game as general manager of MLS’ Houston Dynamo before being named athletic director at West Virginia in 2010. Before he retired from the NFL, the former West Virginia quarterback attended law school at The University of Texas.
Naturally, Texas is almost as much a part of his DNA as West Virginia, which is why the Longhorns are reportedly set to name him as the new athletic director for their remunerative athletic department as early as Nov. 16. The hire will be announced by Texas President Bill Powers, a former Dean of the UT Law School.
Luck will replace outgoing athletic director DeLoss Dodds, pending an interview with the advisory committee this week. Texas’ President may also be on his way out as well. Luck’s first objective will likely be to fire Mack Brown and hire his replacement. According to Orangebloods.com, Texas regents are waiting for one more domino to fall for a fifth regent to support his ouster. The regents may have found their controversy in the form of a discrimination lawsuit filed by former Longhorns track coach Bob Kearney.
However, Powers’ fate probably won’t affect Luck’s status as the next AD.