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Andrew Luck to stay at Stanford

Posted on: January 6, 2011 3:32 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 5:25 pm

This is a win for ...

Stanford, which now should be a consensus top five team with the return of the Heisman runner-up at quarterback.

This is a win for ...

The Pac-12, the Pac-12 North in particular, which now returns two Heisman finalists. Oregon's LaMichael James being the other.

This is a win for ...

Bob Bowlsby, the Stanford AD, who now may have a realistic chance of keeping his coach Jim Harbaugh as well.

But this is a win, mostly, for ...

College football. After a season of sleaze and slime, we can all feel good about ourselves today. It's OK to stop squinting. The car crashes are over. A sometimes R-rated season has some purity left. This is the way it is supposed to be. This is the way it used to be until the money and runners and the advisors got involved.

This is the way I kind of predicted it would be.

When Andrew Luck announced Thursday he was staying at Stanford for his redshirt junior season, we all exhaled. Admit it. It was the breathless sigh of relief. Something that had finally gone right. Auburn may win a championship with a quarterback that half the nation is looking at sideways. Ohio State just won a bowl game with key contributions from five players who should have been sitting out. USC is appealing an NCAA case this month that was decided in June and started six years ago.

Instead, Luck's on our side. He loves college. He wants to get his architectural degree. He wants to spend time with his sister Mary Ellen, a Stanford freshman. He loves college football. If you've ever been on the Stanford campus, you love Stanford too. Great kid. Great decision.

The NFL knee jerks will tell you that Luck is leaving $50 million on the table. Who cares? It's going to be there next year when Luck might be even more valuable. If he isn't, well, how much money do you need? By staying Luck is telling us that's not really the point anyway. The college experience is once in a lifetime. The Stanford experience is, well, you Stanford grads know how special it is.

"As good as he is, he'll only get better by staying in school," said Gil Brandt, a noted NFL player personnel guru. "I just think that he realizes that the fourth year in school is like his senior year and it will be a great year for him. It might not as be as good football-wise but whatever he was going to get this year, he'll get next year."

Maybe Harbaugh will realize that the NFL will be there next year too. Luck's return may be just enough for the quirky coach to stay in Palo Alto. With or without him, the Cardinal are going to be absolutely loaded. Seventeen starters return including 10 on the defense that pummeled Virginia Tech. Roll this around in your mind: Stanford is going to compete for a national championship. Mark your calendars for Nov. 12 -- Oregon at Stanford.

The biggest loser in all this? Clearly the Carolina Panthers who have the No. 1 pick in the draft. The Panthers' Luck just becamebad luck.

"I'm sure," Brandt said, "area code 704 just had a heart attack."

So what? College football won this round. No more waiting to exhale.

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Since: Jul 2, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 11:27 pm

Andrew Luck to stay at Stanford

ahhh conspiracy theorists...spells ignorance i swear...this is the dumbest thing since jason garret scaled back dallas' offense to get wade phillips fired.  come on the bills, browns, broncos, cardinals and seahawks all have better chances of being the first pick than the niners.  oh and the bungals obviously

Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 8:46 pm

Andrew Luck to stay at Stanford

There is a master plan at work here, and we are beginning to see it forming.

Luck stays one more year, avoiding the draft and therefore, the Carolina Panthers. Meanwhile, his mentor bolts 30 minutes down the road to San Francisco, probably leaving the team in good hands with OC Roman moving up to the HC job. Same offense, same results next year, but better...a Heisman and a National Championship to boot.

Back at the ranch, Harbaugh works his magic in the draft and picks up some solid pieces to the teams puzzle - O-line guys, a great WR, some key defensive guys, but obviously no QB. He then lands a veteran QB to guide the team to a horrid season, worst in the bigs obviously.

Fast forward to 2012, Andrew Luck with new shiny hardware in hand (and a diploma) is obviously the second coming of Peyton Manning. The advertising folks are going ga-ga over him and want to throw millions at him to endorse their stuff. Again he sits at #1 come draft day, and guess who is waiting there to greet him...that's right, Coach Harbaugh.

Andrew Luck is the final piece to the puzzle, and he and Harbaugh return the 49'ers to the glory of the 80s for at least a decade, all the while taking down Superbowls, MVPs and sick sick money from Sponsers. Of course he turns around and uses a boatload of this money for a myriad of excellent causes and becomes a pillar in the NFL and his community.

Sound like a pipe dream? I wouldn't bet against it one bit.

P.S. - In before "what if he gets hurt" drivel.

Since: Jul 2, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 8:01 pm

Andrew Luck to stay at Stanford

Luck's father is the athletic director at West Virginia...Money is no issue to him and i say that shows great maturity

Since: Jul 2, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 7:58 pm

Andrew Luck to stay at Stanford

scott you are a some research before you post inaccurate statements, luck is studying to be an architechual engineering degree not a construction engineering degree therefore his average income would be worth way more than the 75,000 a year you stated.  After the NFL, players often get into the insurance business or start there own companys.  im guessing with this degree luck would more than likely be a leader in HIS COMPANY.  therefore, luck is prolly going to make 100s of 1,000s of dollars a year...possibly millions.  Not to mention the CBA has not yet been signed and there may be no football next fall.  so why not stay in school, avoid CAROLINA, and look to finish your degree and win a national championship

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 7:27 pm

Andrew Luck to stay at Stanford

Actually Luck may have simply decided, perhaps correctly, that in a few weeks the NFL will have no CBA which means if he stays at Stanford he will be playing next fall... unlike the NFL.

Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 2:26 pm

Andrew Luck to stay at Stanford

Oops, Cowboy I meant, not Scott who is the "alleged" idiot.

Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 2:25 pm

Andrew Luck to stay at Stanford

LOL, Scott is obviously referring to the first use of your, not the second. The first usage is incorrect. The sentence should read you're (as in you are) an idiot. This is not debatable. I wonder if you realized this after re-reading "your" post and his.

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2011 12:23 pm

Andrew Luck to stay at Stanford

haha... first off, i dont post on here but i couldnt resist calling out this dude.  you are calling cowboybluez an idiot for not using the correct grammar...umm... first off, "the correct english would be you're nor your"...i believe you meant "not" instead of "nor"..haha, and then, i think you should understand what certain words mean before you start calling out other people for what you perceive to be idiotic.  you said cowboy should use "you're" (which im sure you already knew stood for You Are).  so sit down and read the sentence aloud and tell everyone that you still believe "you're" is the word cowboy was looking for..haha, great!! i think its great when someone tries pointing out the fact that someone is an idiot or used a certain word wrong, when they have absolutely no idea what they are talking about themselves.. ok, i say good day.

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 11:02 am

Andrew Luck to stay at Stanford

CowboyBluez (appropriate name for a Dalls fan i guess)

the correct english would be you're  nor your  -  so i guess we know who the idiot is now

and maybe you are independently wealthy and don't have to worry about millions of dollars or a potential career ending (before it even starts) injury  -  though i doubt that based on your (see -  correct form of the word!) language skills

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 10:50 am

Andrew Luck to stay at Stanford

scott-24 your an IDIOT. it shows alot of maturity staying in school he will still get his money. life is not just chasing the almighty dollar I'm pleased this kid isn't doing that. Seriously you should worry about your own maturity. Finally its his choice.

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