What A Hire! Great News for Utah Tech
The WAC-ASUN football conference just got their Moses.
Somebody to help lead them out of the desert and into the FBS promised land.
A month or so ago, the WAC announced it was merging with the ASUN to make a 10 team football only conference with hopes of 1) getting an automatic qualifier for the FCS playoffs and 2) eventually moving up to play FBS football.
I think that the first goal, getting an auto-bid into the FCS playoffs, could be accomplished as soon as the 2024 season.
The second goal of moving up to the FBS as a 10-team conference could take a little longer. But, news broke yesterday from ESPN's Pete Thamel that the WAC-ASUN conference has hired Oliver Luck as a new consultant. This is amazing. Luck was the CEO of NFL Europe. He was the President of an MLS team (Houston Dynamo), he was the commissioner of the XFL, a member of the College Football Playoff committee, and has held many other prestigious jobs in sports. Anytime there is a athletic director position that comes open or a position for a conference commissioner, Luck's name is on the shortlist.
I think this is a very impressive hire and it instantly gives some validity to the newly formed conference. It's going to take a Herculean effort for Utah Tech and SUU and the rest of the WAC-ASUN to ascend up to the FBS. And I don't know if that's going to happen within this decade or not. But this hiring shows that they are serious.
“I’m excited to work with 10 outstanding presidents who have a united vision to build their football programs,” said Luck. “Together, with WAC Commissioner Brian Thornton and ASUN Commissioner Ted Gumbart, we are going to build and execute a game plan for success. The NCAA is in a transformational stage and now is a great time to build a new football conference.”