Oliver Luck of WVU slams Big East

Updated: November 22, 2011, 3:02 PM ET
By Andrea Adelson | ESPN.com

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck delivered some pointed comments toward the Big East on his way out of the conference, saying his school was "fortunate" to get out of the league and join the Big 12.

Luck told the Charleston Gazette over the weekend that his program was leaving the Big East "when the ship was seriously going down. I mean, only the tip of the sail was showing."

With Pitt, Syracuse and TCU all bolting from the conference and the Big East being seen as having the least stability among leagues with automatic BCS bids, West Virginia had to consider its next move. West Virginia got its opportunity with the Big 12, and is now in a legal battle with the Big East about when it can begin play in its new conference home.

West Virginia has sued the Big East to be able to leave the conference in time for the 2012 season. The Big East has countersued to hold West Virginia to the 27-month waiting period for leaving as required by the conference bylaws.

Luck said his program was "100 percent focused on 2012 in the Big 12," according to the Charleston Gazette.

Another factor in departures from the Big East is the future of the automatic qualifying designation in the BCS. The Big East is guaranteed AQ status until the current BCS cycle ends following the 2013 season. But discussions have already begun about what the system will look like beyond 2013.

Among the proposals being considered is no longer designating conference automatic qualifiers for specific bowl games. Another would be for the BCS to pit No. 1 vs. No. 2, and then have the bowls arrange their own matchups. Luck doesn't see either scenario as favorable for the Big East.

"In my mind, if we do go back to the old system, where conferences realign themselves with bowls, I can't see any of the big bowls wanting Big East teams," Luck said, according to the report.

"It remains to be seen whether we move to that model. But I think that would make our recent move (to the Big 12) all the more valuable."

Andrea Adelson is a college football reporter for ESPN.com.

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