West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck will be a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee, sources told ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy. The selection committee, which will select the four teams that advance to the College Football Playoff beginning after the 2014 season, will consist of 12 to 18 individuals.
Luck has been in the national headlines this week with Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds announcing his plans to retire in August 2014. Luck’s name has been mentioned as a potential candidate to replace Dodds at UT. He earned a law degree from Texas in 1987.
A former NFL player and executive, Luck has been the Mountaineers’ athletic director since 2010, overseeing the school’s transition into the Big 12 and participating in the best fundraising year in school history since he took over in Morgantown. He’s been the CEO of NFL Europe, president of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo and CEO of the Houston Sports Authority where he oversaw several sports and entertainment complexes for the city of Houston including Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, and Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans, during his professional career.
Luck, whose son Andrew is a Pro Bowl quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, is a natural to serve on the committee with his extensive football background along with his exceptional professional success in several different fields after his days on the gridiron.
At least one athletic director from each of the five power conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC) is expected to be on the committee, which will also rank and place at-large teams in the non-contract New Year’s Day bowls (Cotton, Fiesta and Chick-fil-A).