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Andrew Luck returns to Stanford

The Carolina Panthers just lost again.

The value of their No. 1 overall pick in April’s draft plummeted Thursday after Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck surprisingly announced that he would return to school to pursue his degree.

“I am committed to earning my degree in architectural design from Stanford University and am on track to accomplish this at the completion of the spring quarter of 2012,” said Luck.

It’s a risky move financially to put it mildly.

Luck was a lock to go first overall in the draft.  While a rookie wage scale is likely this year, nothing has been finalized.  Luck spoke often about wanting to graduate and improvements he felt like he still needed to make in his game.   It wasn’t just lip service.   (Peter King reported as much regarding Luck a few weeks ago.)

Still, Luck seems to be at a different talent level than someone like Jake Locker or Matt Leinart who also returned for their senior seasons.  By all indications, Luck’s draft stock is closer to Peyton Manning, who also returned and was still taken first overall.

Luck had another week left before he had to make the decision.  We wonder if the timing of this announcement could influence Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh’s decision to coach in the pros or not.

Harbaugh seems likely to leave, but there have already been a lot of surprising moments in this winding story.

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  1. BC says: Jan 6, 2011 2:53 PM

    ….because Harbaugh is going to Miami and wouldn’t be able to draft him there.

  2. richmcn says: Jan 6, 2011 2:54 PM

    who will carolina take now??

  3. JeffreyAuburnDixon says: Jan 6, 2011 2:54 PM

    And Panthers fans everywhere just started crying.

    Well, maybe they’ll get lucky and go 2-14 again… wait, what?

  4. commandercornpone says: Jan 6, 2011 2:55 PM

    harbaugh’s price probly just went up too

  5. rameyag says: Jan 6, 2011 2:58 PM

    Good decision.

    Would you want to go the Panthers?

    Stay in school, enjoy your youth, get a degree, and hope that a team with a little more in the tank than the Panthers have the first pick in the 2012 draft.

  6. raiders4life says: Jan 6, 2011 2:59 PM

    I.E. Luck wanted no part of the Carolina Panthers and would prefer to wait another for an opportunity to play for a more popular ballclub/city.

  7. raiders4life says: Jan 6, 2011 3:01 PM

    …another year…

  8. kwphilly4for4 says: Jan 6, 2011 3:01 PM

    Is Oliver Luck going to go pro?

  9. touchdownroddywhite says: Jan 6, 2011 3:02 PM

    He’s not dumb. He doesn’t want to be a part of the Panthers rebuilding process is all it is. Why go to a team in complete disarray, struggle mightily and jeopardize your career? With any luck, a better team will be at the bottom of the pile, or an equally bad team with a better QB who won’t be drafting him and instead will be trading the “big prize” for extra draft picks.

  10. georgeanderson2 says: Jan 6, 2011 3:03 PM

    Harbaugh should finish it out with Luck at Stanford, the NFL will be there next season and the college season is guaranteed to be there.

  11. bigtrav425 says: Jan 6, 2011 3:03 PM

    good for him for staying! enjoy your youth a lil more! and not everyone can go into the Booth or tv after they retire so ya gonna need something to fall back on and what he is going for is a good thing to do!

  12. shaggytoodle says: Jan 6, 2011 3:04 PM

    That really stinks for Carolina, and also any team looking to get a QB because going to thin the depth at the QB position come draft day.

  13. broncobourque says: Jan 6, 2011 3:04 PM

    I doubt this makes any different in Harbaugh’s decision. The Dolphins are just offering too much money for him to turn that down, even with Luck coming back.

  14. winterbengal says: Jan 6, 2011 3:05 PM

    Wow… Really an increadibly stupid move! Among the most dumb moves in the history of dumb moves. Giving up 70mil this year for a rookie salary cap next year. This will cost him 50mil outright.

  15. damnskins703 says: Jan 6, 2011 3:05 PM

    Can’t blame him, either play for Stanford or go to the East coast and play in Carolina… Rather stay in the West Coast

  16. dbellina says: Jan 6, 2011 3:06 PM

    If I knew Carolina was going to draft me, I would go back to school for another year too.

  17. Panda Claus says: Jan 6, 2011 3:07 PM

    Maybe the prospect of an NFL lockout also didn’t appeal to Luck.

    Another remote possibility is that Harbaugh goes to Miami, tanks the year, then gets Luck in 2012. Didn’t say it would happen, but stranger things have happened.

    In fact, if there are any Cam Cameron playbooks still laying around in Dolphin stadium, just put those back into use and problem solved.

  18. Stiller43 says: Jan 6, 2011 3:07 PM

    In unrelated news: The Panthers are now looking to trade out of the top spot…

  19. mojomd13 says: Jan 6, 2011 3:08 PM

    hmmmmm…….Harbaugh goes to Miami….Miami tanks next season….Miami takes Luck at no 1. Makes perfect sense!!

  20. hobartbaker says: Jan 6, 2011 3:09 PM

    Andy wants to grow up to be like his Dad. A scholar who kicked around the fringes of the NFL for a few years.

  21. cosmicduster says: Jan 6, 2011 3:09 PM

    The Panthers can just draft him in 2012.

  22. ditkaditkaditka says: Jan 6, 2011 3:10 PM

    Stupid, cash in when you can. You can always return and finish your degree later, you can’t always get a $70 mil contract offer. Blow a knee, get in a scooter wreck, tear a labrum…too much risk.

  23. perchsports says: Jan 6, 2011 3:12 PM

    Not returning for his senior season. He’ll be a junior on the field.

  24. kwphilly4for4 says: Jan 6, 2011 3:12 PM

    The rookie wage scale would affect this contract for Luck.

    Question for the PFT guys: Who in the organization keeps getting paid if there is a lockout? Front Office? Coaches? Or do the coaches get game check like the players

  25. deedub22 says: Jan 6, 2011 3:12 PM

    Only one direction to go being the consensus #1 this year. I wonder what Jake Locker has to say about that. Good luck with the new coach too.

  26. shackdelrio says: Jan 6, 2011 3:12 PM

    “raiders4life says:
    Jan 6, 2011 2:59 PM
    I.E. Luck wanted no part of the Carolina Panthers and would prefer to wait another for an opportunity to play for a more popular ballclub/city.”

    Yeah. Like Buffalo, Cincinnati or Jacksonville.

  27. jpmelon says: Jan 6, 2011 3:13 PM

    terrible news for the Panthers…..you can’t go out and draft a different QB and pretend to be thrilled about it. So the Panthers will probably have another horrible season where all the talk is about “Andrew Luck”.

  28. 23chameleons says: Jan 6, 2011 3:14 PM

    Watch, NE will make a trade with some team this year that produces nothing in return (like they did last year with Carolina) and THEY’LL have the 1st pick next year.

    This kid is taking a risk, but he’ll still have millions coming his way via an insurance policy or his 1st NFL contract. Returning to school and getting injured in his senior year didn’t seem to hurt Sam Bradford. If you’ve got it, and you’re committed to getting even better at it, there likely isn’t much to worry about. If he were surrounded by stud players at every position and walked around like the big man on campus (coughMattLeinartcoughcough), weeeellllll …

  29. dolphindad says: Jan 6, 2011 3:15 PM

    what team that eventually drafts him #1 wont be rebuilding?? At lease Carolina has a history of some recent success.

  30. aaronrodgerschokes says: Jan 6, 2011 3:17 PM

    Harbaugh is already planning on tanking the Dolphins next year…

  31. bryaninohio says: Jan 6, 2011 3:17 PM

    harbaugh new coach of the miami dolphins!

  32. marvin49 says: Jan 6, 2011 3:17 PM

    Well…Harbaugh is gone, but I’ll bet OC David Shaw is the new HC at Stanford next year.

    Stanford is still in touble tho…they are losing most of that offensive line AND Harbaugh.

  33. 23chameleons says: Jan 6, 2011 3:18 PM

    p.s.
    Jerry Richardson, don’t be QB needy, have the #1 pick in the draft AND have the best pro prospect be a QB then tell everyone you want to only hire a pro-level defensive coordinator. You, sir, are a moron …

  34. jaypace says: Jan 6, 2011 3:18 PM

    touchdownroddywhite says:
    Jan 6, 2011 3:02 PM
    He’s not dumb. He doesn’t want to be a part of the Panthers rebuilding process is all it is. Why go to a team in complete disarray, struggle mightily and jeopardize your career? With any luck, a better team will be at the bottom of the pile, or an equally bad team with a better QB who won’t be drafting him and instead will be trading the “big prize” for extra draft picks.

    Any team he goes to is going to be a lousy team he is going to be the first pick in next year’s draft. He will be a part of a team’s rebuilding process.

  35. themage78 says: Jan 6, 2011 3:19 PM

    Actually I think if there is a rookie wage scale, he will hit it regardless. The draft happens, then the CBA expires. I don’t think you can sign draft picks without a CBA.

  36. superbengalfan says: Jan 6, 2011 3:22 PM

    What an ill advised decision.

    He will receive NOTHING financially if he sustains a career ending injury his senior year. In just his first year as a pro, he would earn as much as he might possibly make in an entire career as an Architect.

    You can always finish your degree in the offseason.

  37. gcsuk says: Jan 6, 2011 3:22 PM

    @bigtrav425
    “not everyone can go into the Booth or tv after they retire so ya gonna need something to fall back on and what he is going for is a good thing to do!”

    He just turned down, in essence, 45-50 million in signing bonuses. If/when the rookie wage scale is instituted in the next CBA, he will be lucky to see a fraction of that even if he is the first overall pick (barring injury, of course).

    If he is so careless and stupid with his money that he would need “something to fall back on”, I don’t think ANY degree is going to land a job in that pay range.

    I’m sorry, but isn’t the whole idea of college to prepare you for adulthood (ie, get a better job and financial security)? What better way is he going to take care of himself financially than coming out?

  38. goldrush36 says: Jan 6, 2011 3:23 PM

    LMAO told ya so Carolina. Never guarantee you are using that pick!

  39. noeffinway says: Jan 6, 2011 3:23 PM

    I never understood the “stay in school” argument when applied to an athlete that can sign a multi-million dollar contract. The whole – “he’ll need the degree when he is done in the nfl” – argument may hold some truth, BUT why can’t a guaranteed millionaire go finish his degree after the NFL?????????? Most times I hear “well because they never do finish it”…..well. OK, so what? If they don’t have the drive to finish the degree after the nfl then I am sure they wouldn’t have the drive to be successful in using a degree in the real world anyway!

    Don’t be stoooooopid Luck…..go get your fortune!!

  40. mymorningstory says: Jan 6, 2011 3:24 PM

    Lets be honest. This is a dumb move by him. I realize he wouldn’t be working in the field for 10 or 20 years from now, but why so committed to get this degree?

    I work in the field or well worked (been laid off for years now) No one is hiring around me still!

    Even more, when you graduate w/ an Arch degree it doesn’t really mean much. Its not like he can go out there and start building houses. He still has to work for an architect for many years to even get the credits in order to become an actual architect. My point to all this is, 20 years from now when He is done Football
    There is just no way he decides to go work for an architecture company making 25k a year or LESS just to start designing homes.

  41. 23chameleons says: Jan 6, 2011 3:24 PM

    themage78 says:
    Jan 6, 2011 3:19 PM
    Actually I think if there is a rookie wage scale, he will hit it regardless. The draft happens, then the CBA expires. I don’t think you can sign draft picks without a CBA.

    actually, the CBA expires in March, the draft is in April/

  42. funkylovemonkey says: Jan 6, 2011 3:26 PM

    I wouldn’t want to be behind the Carolina O-Line either.

    If there is a new labor agreement then the rookie pay scale could become implemented this year, which means it doesn’t matter if he comes out this year or next, he isn’t going to to be getting the ridiculous $78 million deal Bradford got. If there isn’t a labor agreement then there won’t be football this next season anyway.

    Which means not coming out won’t cost Luck much money unless he sucks it up at Stanford next year. And honestly, once a rookie pay scale is in place it might be better for his future career to be placed less high in the draft so he can be picked up by a better more established team where he can have a career. Now the only reason to go early is a huge pay day, but it rarely works out. See: Matthew Stafford, JaMarcus Russell, Alex Smith, David Carr, Tim Couch. Even Sam Bradford hasn’t really proven anything, he had a pedestrian rating of 76.5 this season which was actually lower then Alex Smith’s rating (82) despite Alex Smith generally being considered to be a bust.

  43. gcsuk says: Jan 6, 2011 3:26 PM

    Additionally, maybe Sam Bradford should have made the same decision last year, huh? Don’t go to a lousy team that only had 1 win the year before.

    Rams won 7 games this year, and were one game away from the playoffs. Teams can turn it around VERY quickly in today’s NFL.

    Conversely, say he gets drafted by next years version of the 49ers, the Vikings, or the Cowboys. Teams that are “right there” or “on the rise”. Whoops, guess it’s kind of a crapshoot, huh?

  44. sarahpalinhater says: Jan 6, 2011 3:28 PM

    Just goes to prove that even Stanford students can be DUMB! Luck is an Idiot! I mean he IS the for sure #1 overall pick! He can’t say that next season if he gets injured, or has a terrible season. I mean just the year before Jake Locker was a for sure # 1,,,then looked what happened…he’s not even a top-10 pick now.

    Luck,,,you can ALWAYS obtain a degree…you can’t always be the for sure number 1 draft pick.

    Stupid little Boy!

  45. joker65 says: Jan 6, 2011 3:28 PM

    Um, can’t understand the “wait till next year so he can play for a better team than Carolina” logic….he’ll be the #1 pick again next year…which means its pretty likely he’ll play for another crap team. 2-14 in Carolina or 2-14 in say Cincinnati? Or maybe 1-15 Buffalo? HAHA! That would be sweet justice….pass up Carolina this year and end up in Buffalo next year….at a lower salary no less………hahahahaha

  46. jhorton83 says: Jan 6, 2011 3:29 PM

    Somewhere Jimmy Clausen is breathing a sigh of relief.

  47. 2ndboot says: Jan 6, 2011 3:31 PM

    Well folks, not everyone aspires to be an instant gazillionaire. On top of that in Carolina he would have had to compete immediately with a couple of 2nd year players who didn’t really get a legit shot at proving themselves and who would have been gunning for his head 1st day of training camp with no real mentor figure to help him along in the pro’s.. I wonder why he would pass on Carolina.
    That doesn’t even mention the real prospect of getting seriously injured and possibly never playing a single down in football in the NFL.
    If he has the skills many think he has then he’ll make any rookie signing money back in the years to come and be able to skip right over the Carolina QB grinding machine known as the Panthers.

  48. grandpoopah says: Jan 6, 2011 3:32 PM

    Shocking news. Personally, I think this is a very bad decision for Luck. You can always go back and finish a degree, but the chance to be the #1 pick overall, along with the big bucks that go along with it, could easily vanish.

  49. superfbfan says: Jan 6, 2011 3:33 PM

    For those saying he doesn’t want to play for Carolina or be a part of a rebuilding process you are just dumb..haha! First of all, if your the #1 pick you are going to be part of a rebuilding process unless the NFL changes how they do the drafting order(which isn’t going to happen). So waiting a year won’t change his circumstances. Some people love college…I did. And maybe money isn’t important to Luck….If he doesn’t want to play for Carolina he could have pulled an Eli Manning…Bad day for Carolina good day for Jimmy Clausen..

  50. benh999 says: Jan 6, 2011 3:36 PM

    @themage78,

    What are you talking about? Of course they can sign players without a CBA. They just get worried about what financial impact a new CBA will have on their existing contracts.

  51. realitypolice says: Jan 6, 2011 3:36 PM

    rameyag says:
    Jan 6, 2011 2:58 PM
    Good decision.

    Would you want to go the Panthers?

    Stay in school, enjoy your youth, get a degree, and hope that a team with a little more in the tank than the Panthers have the first pick in the 2012 draft
    ======================

    Yes- because teams with lots in the tank typically wind up with the number 1 pick.

    The Panthers were 12-4 two years ago.

    The Rams were 1-15 last year.

    Teams routinely turn their fortunes around quickly in this league. It is foolish to dodge the draft because the team drafting you was lousy this year.

    Maybe he will get drafted by a team with lots in the tank. Because if recently history holds, something will either happen to him, or someone will supplant him as the #1 pick next year.

    Which means he will be playing for a team with more in the tank, but with less in his bank account.

  52. philbirds says: Jan 6, 2011 3:36 PM

    it has nothing to do with the panthers… someone equally as bad will be picking #1 next year. At the end of 2009, joining the Panthers wouldn’t have seemed so bad. He could always refuse to play like Eli did.

  53. 2ndboot says: Jan 6, 2011 3:36 PM

    On a side not the Panthers would be smart to bring in a free agent QB who can actually teach young guns the game..someone like Kidna who never really had the stuff to be an elite QB, but is one hell of a mentor to young QBs.

  54. steelers6pack says: Jan 6, 2011 3:37 PM

    Maybe Luck was informed there would be a lockout and it could last a while. So he stayed in school to ensure he can still play.. ever think of that………………..

  55. rcali says: Jan 6, 2011 3:38 PM

    He just doesn’t understand how he is one bad injury away from joining corporate america. Guess he doesn’ t watch the news.

  56. free kill says: Jan 6, 2011 3:43 PM

    Actually I think if there is a rookie wage scale, he will hit it regardless. The draft happens, then the CBA expires. I don’t think you can sign draft picks without a CBA.

    Nope, the current CBA rules for draft picks stay active for one league year after the CBA expires. They thought of this scenario when they wrote the CBA—it’s explicitly handled.

  57. thetooloftools says: Jan 6, 2011 3:47 PM

    This moves the needle.
    H-baugh is beyond loyal and next year he could take his team to a Championship.
    Sometimes the money doesn’t really matter…
    Look at Cliff Lee.
    He didn’t lower the bar… he raised it for
    bank vs lifestyle.
    I wish Jim the best.. but if he stayed at Stanford I would not be surprised in the least.
    Let the
    NFL wait for him.
    There is more important things n this world then money… ask Cliff Lee….

  58. ppdoc13 says: Jan 6, 2011 3:49 PM

    the kid from Arkansas Mallet just made a lot of money as the #1 pick of the draft.

  59. gcsuk says: Jan 6, 2011 3:55 PM

    @2ndboot
    “That doesn’t even mention the real prospect of getting seriously injured and possibly never playing a single down in football in the NFL”

    So you’re saying he should pass up the guaranteed payday because there is the possibility that he can get injured at Carolina? Wouldn’t that be AFTER he got his signing bonus?

    Does it make more sense to get injured at Stanford BEFORE he gets paid? Great idea.

  60. richmcn says: Jan 6, 2011 3:55 PM

    any team holding the #1 pick is probably going to be in shambles more or less…whether it is carolina or otherwise

  61. gpack22 says: Jan 6, 2011 3:58 PM

    Maybe this guy isn’t that bright after all. Skipping out on millions when he can go back to school at any time blows my mind. A rookie wage scale is coming and this possibly will be his last opportunity to hit the lottery w/out playing a snap.

    For that stupid argument about not wanting to join a rebuilding Panthers team……HELLO!!!! The team with the #1 overall pick sucks every year. I’m a Packer fan so could care less either way, but if you are a rookie QB wouldn’t a solid ground game take tremendous pressure off you? This team had what, 3-4 different guys rush for 100 yds this year.

    BTW, ask Brian Brohm has smart it was to stay in school after Petrino left. From a top 10 pick to 2nd rounder to Bills backup qb so I would say not too good.

  62. fireeyes111 says: Jan 6, 2011 3:58 PM

    Add me to the chattering chorus who say this is a terrible decision. Luck was a surefire #1 overall, so the only thing he is doing is costing himself money. Potentially a whole lot of money depending on how the CBA situation shakes out.

    I’ve also come to agree that the stay-in-school mantra doesn’t make any sense. Luck can always go back to Stanford after his NFL career to finish his degree, get it in the offseason, or take classes online. We’re not talking about a 19-year old jumping to the NBA. He probably needs, what, 8 or 9 more classes to graduate?

    Take the cash, you dummy. Don’t risk the football gods punishing you with a career-ending torn ACL. Hopefully he stays healthy and still goes #1 next year, but it doesn’t make this any less foolish.

  63. goldrush36 says: Jan 6, 2011 3:59 PM

    Introducing your Panthers starters…. at QB #11 Alex Smith. Thank you Carolina! lol just playin, but actually it is not a bad move by luck. He is dedicated to his education. He is a much better player than Locker and Leinart combined! His family is already very wealthy. He may not even be the #1 overall next year which could actually be it’s own blessing in disguise if he was turned off by the thought of Carolina.

  64. goldrush36 says: Jan 6, 2011 4:04 PM

    Oh and just to add, Locker was still projected as a probable top 10 pick. Now he has just been Guaranteed it instead. Possibly top 5 if Carolina want’s to make a reach for Mallet or Gabbert, (ahem; please take Cam Newton)

  65. countrycometotown says: Jan 6, 2011 4:05 PM

    Jerry Richardson knew this was coming when he wrote this open letter to Andrew Luck.

    http://ccttproductions.com/2011/01/06/an-open-letter-from-jerry-richardson-to-andrew-luck/

  66. threeifbyair says: Jan 6, 2011 4:06 PM

    “Watch, NE will make a trade with some team this year that produces nothing in return (like they did last year with Carolina) and THEY’LL have the 1st pick next year.”

    Yeah, about that. We tried it. Oakland were almost good this year. Not good enough to keep their head coach, but good enough to give us a cruddy pick (relatively speaking). I was hoping for top-five and we got #17.

  67. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Jan 6, 2011 4:08 PM

    Carolina should trade down where they can draft A.J Green and maybe Kyle Rudolph. I dont think its time to give up on Clausen when he has no supporting cast whatsoever.

  68. armchairgm9 says: Jan 6, 2011 4:14 PM

    kwphilly4for4 says: Jan 6, 2011 3:12 PM

    Question for the PFT guys: Who in the organization keeps getting paid if there is a lockout? Front Office? Coaches? Or do the coaches get game check like the players

    ****************

    CBA only affects the players because the deal is between Player’s Assoc. and NFL.

    Coaches don’t receive game checks, and are paid weekly/bi-weekly like other employees. However, coaches contracts are guaranteed unless fired for cause. In 2011, Denver will be paying remainder of Shannahan and McDaniels’ contracts, as well as whoever else they hire — essentially paying 3 head coaches for the work of 1.

    Front office and other departments such as PR, marketing, and operations still receive pay checks as scheduled as well.

  69. realitypolice says: Jan 6, 2011 4:16 PM

    steelers6pack says:
    Jan 6, 2011 3:37 PM
    Maybe Luck was informed there would be a lockout and it could last a while. So he stayed in school to ensure he can still play.. ever think of that………………..
    ====================

    I don’t care if the lockout lasts 3 years, which it won’t.

    Andrew Luck is a fool to take one more snap in a football game he isn’t being paid to play in.

    I don’t know if you heard about this, but rumor has it that football players get hurt.

    He’s one cleat getting caught in the turf away from using his degree in architecture to go work with George Costanza.

  70. armchairgm9 says: Jan 6, 2011 4:26 PM

    Oh, and one more thing: A lot of teams scheduled coaching contracts to be up at the end of this season. So if there is a lockout, they won’t have to pay those coaches after their contracts expire. It’s a financially efficient move by an organization, but also risky. When those contracts are expired, those coaches stop receiving income, and are also “free agents” and free to look for jobs other places. It’s probably likely that teams and coaches could negotiate contracts that in the event of a lockout would pay them smaller amounts, and then boost payments when the new CBA is installed.

  71. toonsterwu says: Jan 6, 2011 4:48 PM

    Great news for Stanford. Horrible news for the Panthers. Luck was going to be a major draw in their coaching hire. Now they get to coach … Jimmy Clausen? Ugh … what a fallback (although for the Clausen supporters, here’s his shot).

    My guess is that they’ll look at DaQuan Bowers. They could use a replacement for Peppers, and I’m not sure it’s all that wise for them to take a WR at 1, even with the need. I wouldn’t rule out Blaine Gabbert, but he’s not on that level, IMO. A darkhorse might be Prince Amukamara, though I am not a believer that he is a legit top 5 pick, even in this weak draft class.

  72. cytofed says: Jan 6, 2011 4:52 PM

    The biggest win for coach Davis and the Oakland raiders all year given they don’t trade their 2012 pick in this year’s draft. Welcome to Oakland in 2012 adrew luck!!!

  73. TheDPR says: Jan 6, 2011 5:03 PM

    Extremely dumb move.

    Carolina isn’t in disarray or a complete mess like most teams who end up picking #1 overall. They lack a QB and some OL health on offense and a pass rusher on defense.

    It’s one of the better coaching vacancies in the league this year. Whoever takes that coaching gig gets high draft picks, some great RBs, a mix of veteran and youth at WR, and a ton of potential.

  74. edavidberg says: Jan 6, 2011 5:04 PM

    This is smart because:

    1) There will already be a rookie cap in for the 2011 draft so it’s only one year salary that makes a difference;

    2) There could easily be a lockout which would a) make him rather just play college and b) retard his development;

    and to those saying otherwise, name one QB who has suffered a career ending injury in college? I can’t think of any–even Sam Bradford kept hurting his shoulder and he checked out ok and was the #1 pick. The risk of a career ending injury is miniscule, and even if he blows out a knee he’s probably the #1 pick in 2012.

  75. patpatriotagain says: Jan 6, 2011 5:23 PM

    #
    rameyag says: Jan 6, 2011 2:58 PM
    Good decision.
    Would you want to go the Panthers?

    I hope Carolina sucks next year too, just to see them draft him in spite!

  76. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 6, 2011 5:25 PM

    I don’t blame him. Why would he want to play against Ryan, Brees, and Freeman for the next decade? Stay in school, bang some Cali puss for another year, and go #1 next year… or #2… or #3. It doesn’t matter. He will make his money. If the kid is as good as everyone says he is, he should make hundreds of million of dollars over his career.

  77. mwm367 says: Jan 6, 2011 5:28 PM

    All you Panther bashers can kiss our ass! Every team goes thru bad seasons at some point. We will not stay at the bottom of the league for long. And as for Luck, so what? Maybe all of you would come out for the money but you are not him. His family is well off and he won’t be hurt financially like I see some dumbass wrote. He is smart and wants a college degree as an architect ’cause he knows the NFL is not the whole world as it is to some people.

  78. triumphdog says: Jan 6, 2011 5:49 PM

    The two happiest people to read this headline are Ryan Mallett and Jake Locker…

  79. contract says: Jan 6, 2011 5:51 PM

    “By all indications, Luck’s draft stock is closer to Peyton Manning, who also returned and was still taken first overall.”

    But he almost wasn’t. Ryan Leaf was almost #1.

    If Luck suffers a serious injury or has a down year, he could cost himself more money than 99.9% of Americans make in a lifetime.

  80. catman72 says: Jan 6, 2011 6:01 PM

    LOL @ the morons who think Luck skipped the draft because the Panthers are rebuilding, suck, etc… by definition the team with the 1st overall pick each year sucks and is somewhere in the process of rebuilding. Maybe he can come out next year and end up in a cosmopolitan destination like Buffalo Cleveland or Jacksonville? The Panthers went 12-4 just two years ago, how many teams with the # 1 overall pick in history have been 12-4 just two seasons prior?

    If Luck skipped the draft to avoid the Panthers, he’s an idiot. When he re-enters next year he runs the risk of being drafted by a franchise that hasn’t sniffed the playoffs in decades. I think he decision to go back to school was based primarily on the thread of a lockout this year.

  81. Jack Burton says: Jan 6, 2011 6:13 PM

    There are too many if’s for me to consider staying in school. Take the $$ while it’s available and get your degree later. Most of these guys don’t have long careers like they used to. Once it’s done and you’re set for life then follow that degree path.

  82. dwoofer says: Jan 6, 2011 6:39 PM

    This has nothing to do with Carolina. If he waits till next year, won’t another equally rotten team be there to draft him? This is all about waiting until the NFL straightens itself out with a new CBA, and then jumping in.

  83. larrydavidstern says: Jan 6, 2011 6:46 PM

    I don’t know who’s dumber, him or Jake Locker! He can’t finish his degree in the offseason?

  84. fellorio says: Jan 6, 2011 7:08 PM

    commandercornpone says: Jan 6, 2011 2:55 PM

    harbaugh’s price probly just went up too
    ————————————————————
    You might as well jus gone ahead and spelled it “prolly”

  85. stetai says: Jan 6, 2011 8:23 PM

    It’s pretty clear Andrew Luck didn’t have much faith in the Panthers as a team. Neither do I!

  86. deepbacksidedig says: Jan 6, 2011 10:22 PM

    Luck wasn’t ready. Stays a kid for a while.
    If he gets hurt, he heals. Or not. Rich kid, they roll like that.
    Grew up in Washington DC, London and Frankfurt. Stanford, and his post game comments are dressed with standard PC blather.
    I am not sure he really is tough enough for the NFL.

    In contrast, Cam Newton’s value just did a moonshot.
    Georgia born, would likely feel quite comfortable in Carolina. He also seems ready, poised and cool under the media pressure.

    It also seems likely the romance is over for him as far as the whole NCAA, rah rah for the college shtick. He has already faced the media waffle iron, lived the hits,
    seen the veneer torn away. And one might say his family gets the value of a buck.

  87. jonat0328 says: Jan 6, 2011 10:40 PM

    Stay in college or get a $50 million contract and go back to college later… Hmmm….

  88. bleedgreen71018222558 says: Jan 9, 2011 2:44 PM

    I thought Stanford was for smart people. Turning down 50 million dollars and being the 1st overall pick is dumb.

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