Morgantown, West Virginia – West Virginia Athletic Director Shane Lyons has been mentioned as a potential replacement for ACC Commissioner John Swofford, who will retire after 24 years on the job.
Whoever replaces Swofford will have big shoes to fill. He’s the longest-tenured commissioner in conference history and has accomplished a lot during his time as the head of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Lyons is accomplished, has a history with the ACC, and was hired by the John Swofford, the current Commissioner and someone the conference will undoubtedly lean on for guidance in selecting the new Commissioner.
With that said, whether it’s this year or in a few years, West Virginia will likely be searching for a new Athletic Director to replace Lyons. While there are many outstanding Athletic Directors around the country that would be interested in taking over as the Athletic Director at WVU, none are more accomplished or experienced than former West Virginia Athletic Director Oliver Luck.
Luck, a three-year starter at quarterback for the Mountaineers from 1978-1981, was the Athletic Director at WVU from 2010-2014. Although he missed badly with his handling of the Bill Stewart retirement and subsequent hiring of Dana Holgorsen, Luck has the experience and connections to make him a really, really solid re-hire if Lyons moves on.
Although controversial at times, Luck proved that he was not afraid to make big moves. His connections and experience in college football would be huge for the Mountaineers. Not only was he the Athletic Director for West Virginia University, he was also the NFL Europe President and the General Manager of the Houston Dynamo (a Major League Soccer team) prior to his stint in Morgantown, he was also the Executive Vice president for Regulatory Affairs for the NCAA and the Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the now-defunct XFL.
Luck, one of the most connected and experienced people in football, is now looking for employment. If Lyons leaves for the ACC, West Virginia would be crazy not to approach Oliver Luck for a return to the Mountain State.