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October 13, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Staff and wire reports

Luck's contract extended to 2017

MORGANTOWN - West Virginia University President Jim Clements approved an amended employment agreement for Director of Athletics Oliver Luck, extending his employment from 2015 to 2017 and increasing his salary and incentives. The agreement takes effect Oct. 15.

Clements said Luck has overseen several major capital projects, hired new head coaches and been involved in the best fund-raising year in Athletics Department history raising some $22.7 million this past year.

Under the agreement, Luck's annualized salary will be $550,000, with a maximum performance bonus capped at $150,000 per year. He will also receive retention incentives for fulfilling terms in the contract.

Luck is in the third year of his original five-year contract that began on June 9, 2010.

Huggins' deal being reworked

MORGANTOWN - West Virginia is working on a new contract for men's basketball coach Bob Huggins.

Athletic director Oliver Luck said Friday a reworked deal should be completed in the next few months.

In 2008, Huggins signed a contract that pays him at least $20 million in guaranteed income through 2019.

The Mountaineers have gone to the NCAA Tournament in each of Huggins' five seasons at his alma mater. He has a 120-56 record there. West Virginia went 19-14 last season and lost to Gonzaga in the second round of the tournament.

The Charleston Daily Mail first reported Luck was reworking the contract.

Greenbrier buys historic course

CHARLESTON - The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia is buying a nearby golf course that is one of the nation's oldest.

Oakhurst Links owner Lewis Keller told The Associated Press on Friday that the purchase was done.

The course was auctioned at $410,000 this summer, but the purchase failed to go through. Keller said the Greenbrier paid more than that auction price, but less than $1 million.

The nine-hole course was built in 1884 and it keeps a historic approach to the game: Players often wear period clothes and must use traditional clubs made from hickory.

The course is a few miles north of the luxurious resort in White Sulphur Springs. Greenbrier owner Jim Justice said he planned to keep the course open and make improvements if needed.

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