OT: Andrew Luck returning to Stanford

Submitted by Wendyk5 on January 6th, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Per many sources on Twitter. Let the speculation begin, as it has in the social mediasphere. Does this affect what Harbaugh does? Or, does Luck have information that everyone else doesn't? Good decision by Luck, by the way. An architectural design degree from Stanford will last him a lifetime. 

Comments

Geaux_Blue

January 6th, 2011 at 2:49 PM ^

OMG HOW DOES HE KNOW? IS ANDREW LUCK FROM THE FUTURE? ANDREW, DO MEALS COME IN PILL FORM?! WILL I BE TALLER? IN THE FUTURE DOES STANFORD'S PANDA ALLOTMENT RUN OUT AND MICHIGAN GETS A NEW HEAD COACH TO FEAST ON ITS COUZENS ALLOTMENT?! ANDREW, TELL US THE FUTURE!

dieseljr32

January 6th, 2011 at 2:50 PM ^

I think it's a good idea he should stay as well.  He may make millions in the NFL but that's not a guarantee.  He may end up being a total flameout as well and if that's the case, he will not regret staying for his senior year.

PurpleStuff

January 6th, 2011 at 3:05 PM ^

I don't think Locker's problem was coming back.  In fact Washington had a pretty good season, all things considered with him at the helm this year.  The problem was he wasn't going to be the first pick in the draft anywhere but on ESPN mock boards during the middle of the college season. 

Luck has a lot of physical gifts but I think he is far from a finished product (kind of scary for Pac 12 teams next year).  The NFL scouts aren't going to be impressed that you can hit a wide open guy off play action like he did in the Orange Bowl.  The "he's the surefire #1 pick" assumption almost never pans out when you actually get to draft day and somebody like Mario Williams comes out of nowhere to land the top spot, even assuming he is the first QB taken which may not be the case with Mallett and others available.

NathanFromMCounty

January 6th, 2011 at 6:47 PM ^

...and I say that with no ill-will towards Mallett (though I believe Mallett would be better served by going back for his senior season than Luck, though Mallett is still a first round talent...just maybe now its at the end of the 1st round).

 

Luck's judgement and accuracy is probably among the best in college football right now.  And even non-ESPN employee Jimmy Johnson thought so (saying to take Luck if you could, regardless of your quarterback).

Umich4Life

January 6th, 2011 at 2:59 PM ^

Several million dollars in guaranteed $$ is a pretty good "guarantee" to me.  If he flames out he can always take his several million dollars back to Stanford and finish up his degree.  Degrees can be so darn overrated.  If he gets hurt next year, he could lose his #1 pick status and end up earning much less.  There's no doubt what decision I'd make, but to each his own.  

ish

January 6th, 2011 at 3:01 PM ^

one example doesn't make good evidence.  for instance, leinart would have gone higher had he come out early.  regardless, the question is what's been the best decision for all of the players who have confronted it and the almost universal answer is if you're going to be a top 10 pick, never turn it down.  certainly not the # pick.  but hey, maybe he really likes college.

PurpleStuff

January 6th, 2011 at 3:10 PM ^

Leinart would not have been drafted any higher had he come out.  The only reason he came back is because he needed off season elbow surgery and wasn't going to be able to work out for pro scouts.  For a guy whose arm strength people questioned a great deal, I doubt he would have been higher than the top-10 pick he was a year later.

Evaluations by people who follow college football months before the NFL draft rarely jive with what the NFL people actually want/say.

bluebyyou

January 6th, 2011 at 2:56 PM ^

I kind of remember a QB from Oklahoma named Sam Bradford who hung around for his senior year.

Luck's stock will never be higher than it is right now.  He can complete the degree down the road if he wants, but the guaranteed money the NFL will pay him will be hard to match as an architect, unless it is the largest architectural firm in the country and he is its sole owner.

st barth

January 6th, 2011 at 5:52 PM ^

Not even then.  An architectural design degree is worthless. Shit, the degree from Stanford isn't even accredited.  If Luck breaks his arm next season he might end up working 100 hours a week for $1000/month in one of Rem Koolhaas's offices and he'll then be on archinect.com bitching about how much architecture sucks (yes there is a t-shirt) like all the other recent arch grads...assuming he's lucky enough to even get a job in the field.

Seriously, this kid is a fool. Take the $$$.

kind of a big deal

January 6th, 2011 at 3:00 PM ^

Not a good business decision.  He can always complete his degree in the off season or via Online courses (if available), but the $$$ that goes along with being the consensus over all #1 pick may not be.

 

That said - it's obviously his choice, just hope it's not one he regrets.

virgilthechicken

January 6th, 2011 at 3:26 PM ^

He went to Stanford, so he was obviously interested in a good education.

His dad is a former NFL quarterback and the current AD at West Virginia, so no real financial need.

The NFL may not even play next year.

He'll still be a top ten player, baring injury, whenever he decides to come out.

With no obvious need for money, you can't really take his decision to stay as an indication of anything. Maybe he likes being at Stanford. Maybe he likes architecture as much as football. Maybe he likes his teammates. Maybe he wants another chance to win the Heisman.

nycwolverine

January 6th, 2011 at 9:20 PM ^

All your points are true but he is turning down setting up his family for generations. By not turning pro this year he is giving up ~40million in guranteed money. With the collective barganing agreement coming in 2012 his gurantee goes down from Bradford money (50m) to 10-15million. I'm sorry you can't stay with that much money on the table.

Michigan4Life

January 6th, 2011 at 5:34 PM ^

40 million of dollars by staying at Stanford.  There is a reason why he's considered the best player in the draft because of his uncommon ability to read defense, progression reads, has strong arm and is surprisingly mobile.  But whatever, more power to him but if Luck gets hurt, he has nothing to blame but himself.

bighouseinmate

January 6th, 2011 at 6:21 PM ^

Genuinely good kid, at a top academic school. Kid very well could have/should have won the Heisman over Newton, Newtons dad and the bag full of money they carried away. I hope Luck has a great year next season and shows everyone that sometimes nice guys finish first.