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Oliver Luck Leading Candidate To Become Next Texas AD

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Oliver Luck could be named the next Texas athletic director by next weekend. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.
Oliver Luck could be named the next Texas athletic director by next weekend. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

It appears the Luck family soon may rival the Mannings for most significant clan of quarterbacks, and not just because of the man under center in Indianapolis.

DeLoss Dodds still has about eight months left in his tenure as Texas athletic director, but it appears the school may name a replacement by next weekend.

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck has begun the interview process and is considered the favorite, according to the Dallas Morning News, while Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson and Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long also will interview this week. Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson also has been mentioned as a potential candidate.

An eight-member committee advising university president Bill Powers will handle the interview process.

"It's Oliver Luck's job to lose," the Dallas Morning news reported, citing an unnamed source. "He's No. 1 and No. 1A on their list. Then there's everybody else."

Another source confirmed Luck as the frontrunner, but cautioned the interview process could affect the decision.

A "faction of regents" is putting pressure on Powers to secure a replacement athletic director by the end of November, the newspaper reported. It's unclear whether that development indicates behind-the-scenes politics related to the status of coach Mack Brown, who apparently has indicated to Texas insiders he isn't interested in retiring.

Oh, and Texas plays at West Virginia on Saturday.

Luck, 53, played five seasons as a quarterback for the Houston Oilers, mostly as a backup for Warren Moon. He also is the father of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.

After a failed attempt to become a member of Congress, luck spent time as general manager of the Frankfurt Galaxy in the now-defunct World League of American Football, as president and CEO of NFL Europe and as CEO of the Houston Sports Authority. Hired at West Virginia in 2010, Luck's name surfaced as a potential AD candidate at Stanford in 2012, but he elected to stay with the Mountaineers.

Another report by azcentral.com said Patterson isn't interested in the position.

Long is the chairman of the recently-announced College Football Playoff selection committee in addition to his position at Arkansas.

If Luck is the choice, he won't be named until after Saturday's game, the Dallas Morning News reported.