NCAA Executive Oliver Luck to Address Opening Session of FBA Annual Meeting
Longtime college and professional football executive Oliver Luck will address Executive Directors and other personnel representing the Football Bowl Association’s 40 games, it was announced today by FBA Executive Director Wright Waters.
Luck’s remarks will be heard by the collective FBA membership on Wednesday, April 18, the opening day of the FBA’s 3-day annual meeting in San Antonio, TX. Luck’s current position is with the NCAA national office, in charge of its regulatory functions, including academics, membership, eligibility and enforcement..
Luck’s resume is among the most diversified in the athletics spectrum. He played quarterback at West Virginia University, then five seasons in the NFL for the Houston Oilers. He was a second round draft choice in 1982. As his playing career wound down, Luck attended law school in the off-seasons and received his law degree from Texas in 1987. Upon leaving the NFL after the 1986 season, Luck began a law practice in Washington, D.C.
In 1990, Luck returned to the NFL, but this time as an administrator. The World League of American Football [WLAF] formed in 1991 with six franchises in the United States, one in Canada and three in Europe. For the next decade, Luck operated franchises in both Frankfurt and London.
When he and his family returned to Houston, Luck became CEO of the Houston Sports Authority. In this role, Luck helped over see the construction of three state-of-the-art venues that house the city’s sports teams: Reliant Stadium [NFL Texans], Minute Maid Park [MLB Astros] and Compaq Arena [NBA Rockets].
Later on, Luck branched out into professional soccer, serving as president of the Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo franchise.
In 2008, Luck’s career morphed once again, this time into intercollegiate athletics. He joined his alma mater’s Board of Governors, and subsequently was named West Virginia’s athletic director in 2010. During his tenure as AD, Luck guided West Virginia into the Big 12 Conference.
Luck moved to the NCAA national office in December 2014.
“Oliver Luck’s overall career has produced a track record of unparalleled success,” said Waters. “All of us attending the annual meeting are certainly most interested in his different pro and college experiences over the years, plus his views on college football and the bowl industry as a member of the NCAA office in Indianapolis.”
Luck and his wife Kathy, whom he met when both attended law school, are the parents of four children, two boys and two girls. His son Andrew graduated Stanford with honors and is now the quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts.