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Could Harbaugh/Luck both stay at Stanford?

Posted on: January 4, 2011 12:21 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 7:23 pm

What if Jim Harbaugh stays at Stanford?

Before answering, ask yourself this: What if Andrew Luck stays at Stanford?

The pair's decisions continue to be intertwined on some level after Monday's conclusive win by Stanford in the Orange Bowl. The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Harbaugh is "highly unlikely" to take the Michigan job. 

So does that mean Harbaugh is going to take one of the many NFL openings? Not necessarily. Remember, this is an unconventional guy. If Andrew Luck stays and decides to complete his degree in 2011, then Harbaugh may be on board. If Harbaugh stays, Luck may be on board. With Luck, Stanford probably starts the 2011 season in the top 10 despite heavy losses on the offensive line. With Luck back, the Cardinal would return 18 starters.

"That's something I'll definitely have to give a lot of thought about, whatever happens to him," Luck said of his coach.

Luck, a redshirt sophomore, told reporters last month that the lure of getting a Stanford degree is enticing.

"I would love to have a degree from Stanford," said Luck, an architectural design major. "Not the whole point but a big part of going to a university like Stanford is to graduate and get a degree. And have the opportunity to go into the business word at some point with a Stanford degree. It's a big deal."

 Former Stanford great John Elway was on the sidelines Monday night rooting for his college team but obviously wanting a shot at both Harbaugh and Luck. Elway is set to become the Broncos vice president of football operations.

Luck seems as ready as any player could be for the draft. He is projected to be the No. 1 player taken. But the lure of completing his degree, playing again for Harbaugh and spending time with his sister Mary Ellen, a freshman at Stanford, might be too much. He is not worried about dropping in the 2012 draft if he stays.

"I don’t want to sound cocky or pretentious, but no I think you have to have trust in the decision you're going to make," Luck said. "If I was going back to school I think I'd be confident that I could still perform at a high level."

As for playing for Harbaugh:

"He's very unique that he actually is a position coach as well as the head coach. He's very hands on. He's in the meeting, every meeting, as a quarterback ... As a team all the credit goes to him for where we are right now."

If Harbaugh stays/goes to the NFL what does Michigan do? It probably keeps Rich Rod in hopes of maybe snagging Urban Meyer or Harbaugh after the 2011 season. While that affects recruiting, there are no slam-dunk candidates. San Diego State's Brady Hoke doesn't seem sexy enough. There's no indication that Les Miles wants out of LSU. While Miles feels unappreciated at times, LSU could start 2011 ranked in the top five and the favorite to win the SEC West. Michigan would be a rebuild.

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Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2011 2:34 pm

Nope, They Are Better Off Leaving Stanford

Andrew Luck is almost a lock to be the #1 draft pick in 2011, and should be drafted by the Carolina Panthers, not a bad team to go to as the #1 pick. Sure he could stay to try and play in a National Championship, but he risks everything, and it would not be worth it.

As far as Harbaugh, he is handicapped by Stanford's academic standards, as well as restrictions that only pay him less than half of what he is actually worth. Michigan or another big university would be the right move. He has done a great job with what he had to work with at Stanford. What could he do with some big guns at a big school? He could win a lot of championships. Maybe he coaches pro, which could also has for his brother.

Since: Dec 8, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2011 1:23 pm

Could Harbaugh/Luck both stay at Stanford?

The Lucks have spent time with the Mannings.  Both Mannings stayed in school and think it was the right thing to do, and neither of them attended a school like Stanford.  Peyton, if he left early, would have been the #1 pick.  Obviously, neither of the Mannings were hurt by staying.  Bradford was not hurt -- financially -- by staying.  Locker HAD to stay in school this past year because he did not (and does not) have a real NFL gam.  On the flip side, the list of QBs who left early and succeeded in the NFL is empty.  No matter how great Luck looks, he still has only started 25 games.  Mark Sanchez thought he was ready to leave early, and what you see today is that he wasn't.  Sanchez is still trying to figure it out.

If Harbaugh and Luck stay one more year, Stanford will have a run at the national championship.  Does anyone seriously think Harbaugh will not have similar opportunities available to him next year?  The idea that this is the peak of interest in him is simply short-sighted.  If he takes Stanford to the BCS title game, he will be the same place he is today, if not even more sought after.

Plus, Carolina is a bad organization with limited or no upside.  If Luck is determined to go, he would be smart to have his dad tell Carolina they can trade the pick to the team Luck wants to go to (SF with Harbaugh or Denver with Harbaugh), or he'll go back to school and they still won't get him.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2011 1:23 pm

Could Harbaugh/Luck both stay at Stanford?

I find alot of the comments here quite amusing if not sound. Alot of people here have been saying that Andrew Luck should leave Stanford because he might get hurt or have a bad season and hurt his draft status next year like Jake Locker did. Lol..Jake Locker is a fool who only had one great season. I was not impressed with Jake Locker last year. Guys, did you forget that Matt Leinart did not enter the draft because he would have been chosen number one by the 49ers. Apparently, Leinart loves to fight for a spot on a NFL roster each year. I won't pretend to know Luck and take a guess as to how he feels playing for Carolina, but I know I wouldn't. Luck is from Texas. Jones should go all in and make the move to get him. The Cowboys need a QB like the 49ers do...perhaps even more so. Besides, if you delay your graduation from college too long you risk losing all the credits you have earned. On average you have about 5 years to fulfill all your credits. Luck is only a sophomore and not a graduating senior so he won't finish his degree requirements until 2012. Luck is studying archictectural design and I'm sure that's a degree that he can actually use as opposed to sociology, sports management, psychology, or the other weak majors most football players pursue. The guys who mention that Luck is smart and will finish his degree. That is true. If you guys know anything at all about Luck and his parents is that they place a premium on education....that's why Andrew went to Stanford in the first place. He had offers from bigger football programs, but none could provide what Stanford could....a degree from Stanford. Enough said!
I see a certain scenario taking place. This was inspired by something I read a few days ago concerning Mike Holmgren and Jon Gruden. According to the article Holmgren wants to hire Gruden in 2012 so he was keeping the inept Mangini until then. But decided that he had had enough of Mangini. I now see why the 49ers are going to promote Baalke. He will promote Tomsolu and let next season play itself out. When the 49ers lose all their games they will secure the number one pick and then Jim Harbaugh will leave Stanford to be the 49ers head coach. Then Harbaugh will draft Luck. 

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2011 12:51 pm

Could Harbaugh/Luck both stay at Stanford?

Luck should stay, finish his degree, polish his game, and most importantly, wait and see what develops in the NFL CBA issue.  If he, like a lot of underclassmen, declare and then get locked out, they're screwed on their eligibility.  Better to stay in school and stay eligible and get more game reps under the belt than go out early, be locked out, and lose those reps.  Yeah, there's always an injury risk, but that can happen off the field as well.

As for Harbaugh, who knows?  Whether it's Palo Alto, Ann Arbor, or Dove Valley is TBD.  But if Urban Meyer goes to Denver to reunite with Tebow, then things get even more interesting.

Since: Nov 23, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2011 11:55 am

Could Harbaugh/Luck both stay at Stanford?

Sam Bradford was arguably the number one pick in 08' and decided to stay at Oklahoma.  He hurt his shoulder and  could have drastically hurt his draft status.  What did he really gain by staying another year??? nothing.  Luck is going to be the number one pick in this years draft and should stay away from Stanford if he knew what was best for him.   Bad move if he stays!

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2011 11:47 am

Could Harbaugh/Luck both stay at Stanford?

If they do stay they are not samrt as they seem. Number 1 pick you have to leave. Only one player gets that chance and never pass. You got to the top coming back means no where to go but down or get hurt. Harbaugh has to leave to. It's not going to get any better then 12 and 1 for Stanford. Not with Luck gone. Be like your brother he wants that IMO. To be just like him and NFL coach. He will never have more choices. Stanford it was great year. Once they leave back to being so so again.

Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2011 11:15 am

Could Harbaugh/Luck both stay at Stanford?

Love all the Michigan fans who think their pathetic team would be enticing to an elite coach. Not even Harbaugh "Michigan Man" would so much as interview. Stanford has a much better sports/football program and hopefully this will be a wake-up call: maybe it's time to go DII...

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2011 9:10 am

Could Harbaugh/Luck both stay at Stanford?

What if Jim Harbaugh stays at Stanford?

Then Meatchicken is STILL screwed!

Just sayin'

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2011 1:59 am

Could Harbaugh/Luck both stay at Stanford?

The offensive line is not a question since the ones coming up are more talented than the ones that are there, with the exception of the center, they just need more experience.  Harbaugh has a chance to build a dynasty at Stanford, something his brother never did.  Jim is a unique spot at Stanford in that few universities in the world have the recruiting power as Stanford.  Mind you, on the sidelines were the former Secretary of State, former Hall of Fame QB, and former union boss.  Jim Harbaugh should ride this bus longer and see where it takes him.  Luck came to Stanford for his degree.  Respect the process, he already has insurance.

Since: Oct 3, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2011 1:13 am

Could Harbaugh/Luck both stay at Stanford?

Luck is a smart guy. you have to be a smart guy to get into stanford.  you take the money and get your degree at a later date.  Your new offensive line will get you injured.  You have nothing else to prove.

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