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  • Sources: Luck Is Lead Candidate For Texas AD, With Decision Possible By Mid-November

    Oliver Luck could be the new Texas AD by Dec. 1, according to sources

    Sources said that West Virginia AD Oliver Luck is "the frontrunner" to become the successor to Texas men's AD DeLoss Dodds "from a group of names put forth by the search firm Korn/Ferry Int'l to the advisory committee last week," according to Chip Brown of ORANGEBLOODS.com. The list "also includes" Arizona State VP/Athletics & AD Steve Patterson. Luck's interview with the committee "could come as early as this week," and a contract "could be finalized Nov. 13 or 14, when Texas regents are already scheduled to meet." Nothing is "expected to be announced" before the UT-WVU football game on Nov. 9. Sources said that UT President Bill Powers is "enamored with Luck, a Rhodes scholar finalist who got his law degree at Texas." Sources said that the fact Luck is a former Oilers QB and "has a son who is a rising star in the NFL ... gives Luck a star quality that should work well with UT boosters and fund-raising" (ORANGEBLOODS.com, 10/28). In Dallas, Chuck Carlton cites a source as saying, "It is Oliver Luck’s job to lose. ... He’s No. 1 and No. 1A on their list. Then there’s everybody else." Sources indicated that Patterson and Maryland AD Kevin Anderson also are "expected to be interviewed." A source indicated that Luck "could be hired by Dec. 1." Powers has said that he "hoped to have an AD hire made by the end of November" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/29).

    WHOA THERE: In Austin, Kirk Bohls writes, "Disregard the notion" that Luck is "a done deal as the new Texas athletic director, although I still consider him the front-runner and best person for the job." The seven-member advisory committee to Powers "won’t even begin interviews until this week, and they will talk to candidates from all five of the major football conferences, including" Patterson, who "might have the second-best chance of succeeding" Dodds. A source said that Louisville AD Tom Jurich, who "has said he’s not interested," and Michigan State AD Mark Hollis "are not being considered" (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 10/28).

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  • Grand Canyon Univ. Using Hoops Coach Dan Majerle As Primary Marketer

    As the Grand Canyon Univ. men's basketball team is "about to begin its first season in NCAA Division I," former NBAer and coach Dan Majerle is leading a "push to cut through the tough Valley marketplace," according to Richard Obert of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. A TV contract "is complete," as all home games and three road games "will be broadcast." There also are "post-game concerts planned," and GCU is "hoping to fill up its roughly 4,400-seat purple arena and make it among the loudest." The school is "counting on Majerle to drive a marketing campaign to attract fans." Majerle said that his Majerle Sports Grill restaurants are "promoting the team, selling season tickets." With USA Basketball Chair Jerry Colangelo serving as school President & CEO Brian Mueller’s "right-hand man, GCU was able to speed things up and become a member of the Western Athletic Conference this year." Colangelo said, "I think there is enough interest. There is a lot of enthusiasm on the campus for the sports, particularly men's basketball, because of Dan Majerle and what he brings in the way of enthusiasm." Meanwhile, Mueller "isn't worried about building a fan base." He said, "We've got Dan Majerle and he's one of four or five icons to come through this state. He's going to attract a fan base." Mueller added that Grand Canyon Univ. Arena "will be expanded with a second deck, allowing an additional 3,000 fans to be part of the games." Mueller: "We expect to sell out. There is a lot of excitement for this. People love our players" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 10/26).

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