Most head coach positions are endowed at privet schools. Most positions are also named after someone. I think all of Stanford football scholarships are endowed as well. I would assume all Stanford sport scholarships are endowed, now that I think about it.
OT - Stanford names OC position after Andrew Luck
David Shaw is indeed the Bradford M. Freeman Director Of Football.
I assume that, later in the year, Mike Sanford - their RB coach - will hold the prestigious Darrin Nelson Endowment.
I defer to your expertise as a scientist.
Maybe he was looking for a shubbery?
Yeah, seems a bit premature, odd, etc.
Also, a large, anonymous donation? Named for a guy who was just recently the first overall pick in the draft? Who just got a very nice signing bonus? Coincidence? I think not!
haha, yeah - i was just about to write the same thing!
Luck was arguably the best thing to happen to Stanford football in over 30 years.
Does success or failure at the NFL level change college stats at all?
Have you heard anything other than Andrew Luck being a pretty darn nice and smart guy? I would bet he isn't going to become a jerk overnight if he isn't one now.
Just because Woods has his life in a mess doesn't mean Luck is destined for or even likely to end up that way. It's like saying Brady Hoke is destined for a scandal because of Jim Tressel. Reputation for being an honest, caring guy, teacher-like, "gets" The Game.....
Alot of guys that have a reputation for being a nice guy are nice guys. Some end up being dicks.
And to further rant, there are quite a few Michigan guys that didn't achieve great success at the NFL. Heck, RVB probably won't be a big time NFL guy but I for sure will remember him fondly.
It's a sensationalist comment IMO. There's no reason to compare him to Ryan Leaf or Tiger Woods. Even if he fails in the NFL, I don't think Stanford will care all that much. He was great for them and helped make them alot of money.
And you bringing up Ryan Leaf's character flaws is pretty much erroneous.
I doubt they care. It's about $, and as long as he doesn't turn out to be Ryan Leaf - which he almost definitely won't, it'll be fine. Nobody thought there was a risk in naming things after Paterno until....yeah. But I don't think you can blame them one bit when they were initially thinking of doing it, which was undoubtedly years ago. There's a risk in putting anyone's name on things because everybody is human. But I don't think you should hold it against Luck that he's a kid. No red flags have come up thus far, his dad is a former player and current AD, he was a Heisman candidate, #1 overall pick. He's used to the limelight already. Add to it that nobody is going to refer to their OC as anything other than the OC and it doesn't really matter.
I see what you're saying. Basically, it's that NFL performance will ultimately determine Luck's value to Stanford.There's certainly something to that.
But even if he doesn't do a thing in the NFL, his body of work in college has arguably put Stanford football in a great place--a place they probably wouldn't be at without him. Yes? No?
Objectively, Luck is the best college QB Stanford has ever had. I see no problem with an alum (that most likely doesn't give a hoot about the NFL) wanted Luck's name to be attached to this endowment.
As an aside, if you have a few extra millions floating around, you can name an endow at Michigan after yourself. It isn't a big deal and it happens all the time. This one just happens to be named after a number one overall draft pick.
Interesting that the offense is now run by the luck coordinator. I wouldn't mind having that guy on our sideline.
I thought this was a joke!
I mean, as long as the OC doesn't have to introduce himself as anything other than the OC, then I guess it's cool to give a donation to the school with some ridiculous formal title given to the OC. But it is still all kinds of weird. No one knows how good Luck will be even how his life will turn out. Does Elway even have some football position endowed after him at Standford? And even if Luck does turn out to be the next Tom Brady, why name a coaching position after him. Can't you put up a statue and endow a scholarship or something? Retire the jersey?
Two-time Super Bowl champion and former Stanford QB John Elway could not be reached for comment.
Maybe they were not as well endowed back when Elway was at Stanford.
The point is that Luck could end up a complete bust in the NFL, while Elway is a proven commodity. As it is, the idea of naming the OC after someone is somewhat nonsensical to me. But if you're going to do it, go with a sure thing.
Then again, I could be wrong. The Shane Morris Director of Offense does have a nice ring to it...
Where was the :) or the 8===D ? Jeez, you people are tricky!
The whole 8===D thing doesn't get a great reception around these parts. We don't cup our hands around our farts and smell them.
Besides, if talking legendary NFL QBs, I hear that joke is better suited for Favre...
I'll keep that in mind. Thanks for the tip.
did he win those titles at Stanford? or did he never take them to a bowl game?
fuck anyone who thinks college football exists primarily as a minor league for the NFL
Did someone say "cleaning out his dorm room"...
And Craig James Killed Five Hookers...allegedly...
I haven't followed Andrew Luck or Standford all that closely, so feel free to tell me if I'm making some incorrect assumptions...
...but isn't Andrew Luck a really good quarterback? Doesn't having him make an offensive coordinator's job substantially easier, because he can just ask his really good quarterback to do what he's naturally good at doing? Doesn't that, in effect, mean that having a really good quarterback naturally inflates the results obtained by an offensive coordinator, thus obscuring the ability to tell how good the coordinator actually is? He's not personally responsible for the development of the quarterback (unless he's also the quarterbacks coach). He's just the lucky (no pun intended!) guy that happens to have this great weapon in his arsenal. So why name a coordinator position for a really skilled player?
Because the head coaching position is already endowed and some rich as balls alum wanted to endow Luck's name to a position. Beyond that, you are over thinking it.
Not to be outdone, OSU's head coaching position will henceforth be named the Clarrett/Pryor Director of Keeping Shady Shit on the D.L.
I just laughed out loud...
"Charlie Bauman Director of Pugilism?"
edit: Not to worry; he's already the punchline to a joke.
The James Tressel Distributor of Funds?
Dave Brandon is called the Donald R. Sheperd Director of Athletics. It says so in every press release.
This is incredibly stupid.
You took the words right out of my mouth.
This is stupid.
This is stupid.
This has to be a joke right?
I think this is pretty sad. This basically says that at Stanford, a couple years of good play (that didn't even result in a conference championship) are so rare and highly valued that they're more important than the school and the program. I hope something like this never happens at Michigan.