Report: Oliver Luck leaving NCAA to become XFL commissioner

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Former WVU athletics director Oliver Luck is leaving his job with the NCAA to become commissioner and CEO of the relaunched XFL, ESPN reported Tuesday morning.

Luck confirmed the report in an email to ESPN saying the new position would be a “labor of love” combining his experiences as a player and executive.

A formal announcement was scheduled for later Tuesday. The XFL is scheduled to launch in 2020.

Luck left West Virginia as AD in 2014 to become the NCAA’s executive vice president of regulatory affairs.

“It has been a tremendous honor to serve my alma mater as director of athletics,” Luck said at the time. “As those who have spent time in West Virginia know, this is truly a special place. It’s been an incredible experience for me to work with some of the best administrators, faculty, coaches, staff, student-athletes, fans, media and alumni in the nation.”

Luck’s other jobs since his four-year career as a WVU quarterback that ended in 1981 have included a stint as a backup quarterback with the Houston Oilers, the president of NFL Europe and CEO of the Houston Sports Authority.

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