Luck Issues Statement on WVU Football

Three days after the West Virginia football team ended its 2013 season with a 52-44 triple overtime loss to Iowa State, the school's athletic director, Oliver Luck, issued a statement regarding the current state of the program.

The loss dropped the Mountaineers to 4-8 on the season and the team will miss a bowl game for the first time since its 3-8 finish in 2001.

In his statement, Luck expressed the fact that he was disappointed with the way the season went, but that he feels confident in the current coaching staff's ability to turn things around in the future.


"First, I want to thank all Mountaineer fans who supported our football team through a difficult and trying season. Though there were some high points this year, including our upset victory over No. 11 Oklahoma State and the inspired play from many first year student-athletes, there were far too many disappointments," Luck said in his statement.

"We have high expectations at West Virginia University for success on and off the field and as Coach Holgorsen has acknowledged to me, we are not meeting those expectations on the field. Coach Holgorsen and I met at length and reviewed this past season. We discussed the coaching staff, recruiting, player development, strength and conditioning, academic support, facilities, in short, all the components that make up a successful program. We are working diligently to improve our capabilities in all of these areas.

"I strongly believe in our coaching staff, including the work that our strength and conditioning staff is doing. In my opinion, continuity is the key ingredient that will bring our football program back to the high level that Mountaineer fans expect.

"We had plenty of challenges this season; nonetheless, we should not and will not use those as excuses for our performance. We simply must get better.

"Coach Holgorsen and his staff are on the road recruiting this week, securing the future for a successful Mountaineer football program. We need to do our part as well by continuing to move forward with the facility improvements needed to compete at the highest level in our conference.

"We have high expectations for the 2014 football team, and I have shared those with Coach Holgorsen. He and his staff are eager to get started to prepare for our opening game against Alabama. We are well aware that we have a lot of work to do.

"We have tremendous student-athletes in our program and a very accomplished core of coaches who want to bring championships back to West Virginia University. We will do all we can to help them in that endeavor, and I ask for your continued support as we move forward to a brighter future."

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