West Virginia AD Luck joining NCAA

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck is joining the NCAA as executive vice president of regulatory affairs.

The NCAA is creating a new position for Luck that will bring academic and membership affairs, the eligibility center and enforcement under one umbrella. He will oversee day-to-day operations in all NCAA regulatory functions. Among his duties, the NCAA said in its announcement, will be “strengthening relationships with NCAA colleges and universities.”

Luck will report to NCAA President Mark Emmert, who created the role during a restructuring of his senior staff earlier this year. Luck will start his new job early next year.

“I am very pleased to have Oliver joining our team in the national office,” Emmert said in a statement. “He brings to us wide ranging, hands-on experience from across athletic, academic, and business worlds. Most important, his commitment to the success and well-being of our student-athletes is unquestionable. He has demonstrated that commitment on the ground and throughout his life.  I’m anxious for him to get started with us.”

Pelini takes over at Youngstown State

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Bo Pelini says he didn’t take the coaching job at Youngstown State to be a “stepping stone” for his next move.

Fired at Nebraska, Pelini was introduced as the Penguins coach Wednesday and said his goal is to make “this the best football program in the country.” The 47-year-old grew up, played and coached high school football in the Youngstown area and said when the job opened up “it was very appealing to me.”

Pelini won at least nine games in each of his seven seasons with the Cornhuskers. He said he didn’t come to Youngstown State to “move after a year or two.”

Pelini will now work under former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, the school’s president. Youngstown State was a Division I-AA (now FCS) powerhouse, winning four national championships under Tressel.



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