So, in today's editions of the Post-Gazette, a Q&A with new West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck ran. When we sat down yesterday, in his office, the man was tremendously candid, open and honest and, quite frankly, gave me a lot more than I expected.
What did I take most from my time with him?
This answer seems to still be rattling around in my head:
"...if the frontline folks aren't executing them on a daily basis and remembering the ultimate goal, which is to run a competitive department but also do it in a compliant manner, that simply isn't something that is satisfactory. So this audit, if you want to call it that, is going to go on for a while. I don't want to say it is a 60-day review, or a 100-day review, it is going to go on for a while. It will probably be a multiyear review from my perspective. I don't give things a cursory look."
That is some pretty strong stuff.
The translation, at least from what I could gather, is this: If you are dead wood in the WVU athletic department, if you are just someone plodding along and catching a paycheck, doing just enough to get by, you better beware. Seems Mr. Luck doesn't want those sort of people on his team and, quite honestly, can -- and will -- make a move to surround himself with people who work their tails off every single day.
I like the guy.