Better now than never for Luck, Longhorns

West Virginia Athletic Director Oliver Luck speaks during a press conference to announce the university's entrance into the Big 12 Conference Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/David Smith)

So Texas wants to make Oliver Luck its next athletic director.

Talk about awkwardly appropriate.

The school, in doing so, has decided to offer the wheel to the father of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. And when it comes to Longhorns football, missing on quarterbacks such as the Houston Stratford product have become complaint No. 1.

Wonder what Mack Brown thinks about all this? Remember, this is the guy who’s gotten blamed for passing on such prospects as Robert Griffin III, Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston.

That’s two Heisman Trophy winners and quite possibly a third. And then there’s Andrew Luck, who chose Stanford and then went on to become a Heisman runner-up and NFL No. 1 draft pick.

But to be fair, Luck had Stanford atop his list all along. And that turned out to be a wise choice for the graduate in architectural design, who was so coveted during the “Suck for Luck” derby that he ultimately replaced Peyton Manning.

And no matter how great Manning’s been in Denver, no one in the Colts front office is regretting the decision.

But no matter how much he wanted to play for the Cardinal, Luck should’ve been scouted better and swayed by Mack Brown. That’s what the nation’s largest athletics budget is supposed to deliver.

But, instead, we take a look back at Luck’s recruiting pages and see offers from Stanford, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Rice and Virginia. Nowhere is the word Texas, which instead had plans to make Lake Travis quarterback Garrett Gilbert priority No. 1 for the future.

Everyone knows that turned out to be a bust. And now, the Longhorns are still looking for the next Colt McCoy or Vince Young.

Denton Guyer senior Jerrod Heard, who orally committed to UT more than a year ago, is expected to be closest thing. But can anyone expect him to be the next Andrew Luck or RG3, who were Nos. 1 and 2 in the same NFL draft with expectations to be franchise players?

Of course, no one knows how good Heard will be yet.

However, we do know quarterback has been at the center of Texas’ slide from national prominence. We also know that Mack Brown still occupies one of the hottest seats in college football, despite the Longhorns’ four-game winning streak.

With that expected to continue throughout the season, Texas is prepared to give Oliver Luck (currently West Virginia’s AD; oversaw WVU’s move to the Big 12) a full ride to become its next AD. It’s unfortunate for many that the same attention wasn’t paid to Andrew Luck, who did make time to visit Austin during the recruiting process.

Here’s a look at some of this week’s top matchups:

Rice (6-2, 4-0 in Conference USA) at North Texas (5-3, 3-1), 6:30 p.m. Thursday (FOX Sports 1): A great deal will be on the line — both teams are riding high — when the Lone Star State occupies the national audience on Thursday on FOX Sports 1. Rice has won five consecutive games. North Texas has claimed three straight wins and is above .500 in October for the first time since 2003. North Texas is favored by 2ᄑ.

No. 18 Oklahoma State (6-1, 3-1 in the Big 12) at No. 15 Texas Tech (7-1, 4-1), 6 p.m. Saturday (FOX): The Red Raiders will be hoping to rebound this week against another team from across the border following last week’s 38-30 loss to Oklahoma, during which Texas Tech suffered three turnovers in a game that featured almost 1,000 combined yards. Oklahoma State is favored by 2ᄑ.

No. 7 Miami (7-0, 3-0 in the ACC) at No. 3 Florida State (7-0, 5-0). 7 p.m. Saturday (ABC): It just seems right when the Hurricanes and Seminoles are ranked in the top 10 and in the national discussion … on the field. The good thing is that the game is in Tallahassee, which promises to deliver a much better atmosphere and television experience than Miami Gardens would’ve. Florida State is favored by 21.


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