A source familiar with Luck's decision making told Yahoo Sports that Luck's move is based primarily on the "special opportunity" with the professional football league.
A formal announcement was scheduled for later Tuesday.
Andrew Luck's dad will leave his post at the NCAA to become commissioner and CEO of the new XFL. Luck, father of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and a former signal caller himself, most recently was a high-ranking NCAA executive charged with overseeing that organization's regulatory functions.
The XFL's biggest early headline, other than a pleading tweet from wayward quarterback Johnny Manziel, came when McMahon stated overtly that anthem protesting wouldn't be allowed. "His experience as both an athlete and executive will ensure the long-term success of the XFL", McMahon said.
Luck earned his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, graduating cum laude in 1987. He was later president and general manager of the Houston Dynamo, leading the franchise to two MLS Cup titles. He pledged shorter games and an affordable family experience with teams that fans can have pride in. There will be 8 teams (40-man rosters) at the start of the January 2020 season.
"Each contest will be a high profile event with tens of thousands of fans, featuring innovative elements that bring them closer to the players and the game they love". He founded the company Alpha Entertainment LLC to launch the XFL, and said that the football league, Alpha and WWE would remain separate entities.