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Jim Harbaugh, Andrew Luck not talking NFL after Orange Bowl

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As soon as Stanford’s Orange Bowl victory was in the books on Monday night, coach Jim Harbaugh and quarterback Andrew Luck faced questions about whether they were finished at Stanford and headed to the NFL.

Predictably, neither would make a commitment.

Luck indicated that he’ll wait until the January 15 deadline to decide for sure whether he wants to enter the draft, saying, “I’ll enjoy this as long as I can.”

But Luck indicated that his decision about whether or not to enter the NFL draft (where he’s the odds-on favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick) could be affected by whether or not Harbaugh leaves Stanford. Harbaugh could leave for Michigan or the NFL.

Harbaugh wouldn’t answer questions about whether he’ll be back and grew agitated when reporters asked him about his future at the post-game press conference. He should get used to those questions: They’ll keep coming until he has a new job.

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17 Responses to “Jim Harbaugh, Andrew Luck not talking NFL after Orange Bowl”
  1. grogansheroes says: Jan 4, 2011 8:46 AM

    As an avid football fan, I cannot watch college football anymore. I used to look forward to New Year’s day and all the bowl games, specifically, the four major ones like the Cotton, Sugar, Rose, and Orange. Now it’s a four hour commercial fest with a little football thrown in. 32 Bowl games. What are there 108 teams and 64 go to bowls? I would rather watch two 0-11 teams fighting for a win, than two 6-6 teams in the East Butt F**k. com bowl. Bowl season is a second season and it sucks. NCAA is a money grubbing organization that only has money as its interest, not the welfare of the students. Like GODell it is ruining the sport.

  2. pastabelly says: Jan 4, 2011 8:51 AM

    Good for them. It wasn’t the appropriate time or place to take away anything from Stanford’s and the other players’ big day. Both of them are class acts. Hopefully, Luck won’t have to play for that miserable franchise in Carolina.

  3. myspaceyourface says: Jan 4, 2011 9:02 AM

    After a football game is never the time to make an announcement or a decision. . .

    I don’t know why these announcers put these guys on the spot. . . .I the players/coaches should have dirt on the interviewer and ask them something really personal on national t.v.

    “oh, you don’t want to talk about that, well neither do they”

  4. bradybunch12 says: Jan 4, 2011 9:29 AM

    Andrew there’s a saying that goes something like this, if your projected by everyone has the consensus number 1 overall pick in the NFL draft you go, you don’t stay especially when you stand to earn between 40 and 50 million dollars in guaranteed salary, just ask Matt Leinart how staying worked out for him, Andrew I’m a guy who only makes $80 grand a year and I’m smart enough to know you went to Standford to maximize your earning potential well guess what you have so strike while the iron is hot regardless if your coach stays or leaves, you sir should be on your way to the NFL.

  5. FinFan68 says: Jan 4, 2011 9:48 AM

    @grogansheroes: ditto. don’t forget about the “naming rights” for the stadiums. The NFL has done some equally stupid things in the name of the almighty dollar…PSLs, rule changes that favor offensive scoring, etc. I’m not against capitalism but some of these “schemes” are ridiculous. College football has already removed the history, tradition and nostalgia from the sport with the bowl game marketing and colleges switching conferences…they may as well go to a playoff system. I’m not buying their money or tradition arguments anymore

  6. millertke436 says: Jan 4, 2011 9:49 AM

    Luck will be the guy that takes Carolina to the Superbowl.

  7. epping16 says: Jan 4, 2011 9:59 AM

    The bad thing for luck is, he has to decide what he wants to do by January 15th. He may decide to pass up on another year of college football, for no football at all. Normally I would say it’s a no-brainer for Luck to go. But with the possibility of no NFL next year, or at least a limited season, I would say it’s 50/50.

  8. realitypolice says: Jan 4, 2011 10:00 AM

    @bradybunch12:

    Very well put. Anyone who is projected in the top 10 is absolutely insane not to go pro. Why do you go to college anyway? To learn how to make money.

    There is no upside to staying. I love it when a player says “I just love the college experience” and everyone applauds him like he’s such a good kid for staying.

    You know what I think? I think turning down a contract that would secure your family’s future for generations because you’re having fun in school is horribly immature.

    It’s like applauding a kid for living in their parents basement until they are 28 because they are having so much fun playing Magic The Gathering.

    The perfect example is Leinart. What has been the big knock on him? MATURITY.

    Ask Jevan Snead how staying in school worked out for him.

  9. nfl4ever says: Jan 4, 2011 10:01 AM

    grogansheroes says:
    Jan 4, 2011 8:46 AM
    NCAA is a money grubbing organization that only has money as its interest, not the welfare of the students.
    —————————————————-
    I agree with all the points you made, however the NCAA does not run these bowls. They are independently run, as is the BCS. The only people getting anything positive out of the Bowl Season are the bowls themselves and the people who run them. With the exception of the BCS Championship game they are all glorified exhibition games.

  10. jameswestphal says: Jan 4, 2011 10:20 AM

    Harbaugh is socially retarded. Heck of a coach though. I can’t wait till he goes to the NFL and we can enjoy him weekly.

  11. cardiovascularendurance says: Jan 4, 2011 10:24 AM

    Luck should pull an Eli Manning/ John Elway on Carolina. He’d be an idiot to agree to play for that horrible franchise and their new minimum wage coach.

  12. grogansheroes says: Jan 4, 2011 10:46 AM

    nfl4ever says:
    Jan 4, 2011 10:01 AM
    grogansheroes says:
    Jan 4, 2011 8:46 AM
    NCAA is a money grubbing organization that only has money as its interest, not the welfare of the students.
    —————————————————-
    I agree with all the points you made, however the NCAA does not run these bowls. They are independently run, as is the BCS. The only people getting anything positive out of the Bowl Season are the bowls themselves and the people who run them. With the exception of the BCS Championship game they are all glorified exhibition games.
    ________________________
    Actually you are wrong. The schools and the conferences make tens of millions on BCS bowl games. The “student” athlete gets basically nothing. The BCS is designed to keep the money in the mega conferences by discriminating against schools like TCU and Boise State. They can’t qualify because the rankings at the start of the BCS always favors the mega conferences. So they can’t score enough points to put them ahead of a mega conference school.

  13. purpleguy says: Jan 4, 2011 12:04 PM

    Luck would be making a huge financial mistake not to go pro this year, but he should drop 2 spots in the draft simply because he sounds like Lurch from the Adams family when he speaks.

  14. thejsm2112 says: Jan 4, 2011 12:18 PM

    Carolina, in no way, shape or form is a terrible franchise. Things were done this year as means to an end. You’re team has had a bad year too once, I’m sure.

  15. cardiovascularendurance says: Jan 4, 2011 12:38 PM

    I’m not a Carolina hater by any means, I quite enjoy Charlotte and the Carolinas, but they’re going to be sitting in the basement of that division for a while. They’re basically the NFC South’s version of the Bills.

  16. deepbacksidedig says: Jan 4, 2011 1:43 PM

    They perhaps don’t quite deserve to be classed with The Brown Family fiasco, but random seems to be encoded in the DNA.
    1-15, two years to 11-5 and a super Bowl, then starting 1-7, ending 7-9. Last three 12-4, 8-8, 2-14.
    Dad and two sons build it, then Dad fires the two sons?
    “Because i say so”

    I would not want to enter the draft to go there, to be thrown to the wolves as a rookie.
    Given there is no CBA, if I were Luck, feeling lucky, I would sue for Rookie Free agency.
    What gives the NFL the “rights” to anything
    or anybody?

  17. Chris Ross says: Jan 4, 2011 7:14 PM

    The orange bowl solidified to an even greater extent the value that Andrew Luck holds should he enter the draft this year. Him and Harbaugh have been ducking a lot of questions and it should be interesting to see if he follows in the footsteps of other guys who were in a similar position that he is in now. In other words Matt Leinart and Jake Locker who both lost their status as #1 overall after staying another year in college instead of going out into the draft. Also, he doesn’t want to play for Carolina apparently but what do you expect if you wanna be #1 right.

    http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/make-the-right-decision-andrew-luck/

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