Luck Issues Statement

In a brief statement, WVU athletic director Oliver Luck discussed the outcome of a Tuesday night meeting of Big East athletic directors and presidents in New York City, but stopped short of offering a full commitment to the league.

"[WVU] President [James P.] Clements and I represented West Virginia University at last night's BIG EAST meeting in New York," Luck said. "The group concluded the meeting with a strategy to recruit top level BCS-caliber institutions that match the league's strong athletic and academic histories and traditions.

"As I stated before, WVU is an excellent flagship, land-grant University, with national-caliber athletic and academic programs. We are, and will remain, a national player in college athletics.

"The conference office will coordinate any further discussion on this issue."'s Brett McMurphy reported Tuesday morning that West Virginia was rejected by both the ACC and SEC. That report was denied by an anonymous WVU official, who spoke to West Virginia Media Holdings later Tuesday and called McMurphy's report "an outright lie."

Luck's statement Wednesday came on the heels of a similar release from Connecticut President Susan Herbst, who did not even mention the Big East in her statement and reaffirmed that she "will always do what is in the best interests for the University of Connecticut."

McMurphy reported Tuesday night that the Big East may be targeting both Navy and Air Force as potential targets to replace Pitt and Syracuse, both of which announced on Sunday morning that they will join the ACC.

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