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    By Ted Miller ESPN.com

    Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, the odds-on favorite to be the No. 1 pick in this spring's NFL draft, announced Thursday he will stay in school and play his redshirt junior season.

    "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," Luck said in a statement.

    The school announced Luck wouldn't be made available for comment.

    His father, former NFL quarterback Oliver Luck, said: "This is a win-win for him. He gets to spend another year at Stanford, be part of team that will be highly ranked again next year, finish his degree and enjoy Palo Alto.


    "It's not like the NFL is going anywhere, it's one of the best run leagues in the world. It will still be there when he graduates."


    The Carolina Panthers own the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft and indicated earlier this week that they would be interested in drafting Luck if he decided to leave school.


    Luck's father, who's also the athletic director at West Virginia, said the possibility of an NFL lockout or being selected by the Panthers did not influence his son's decision.


    "Call him old school," Oliver Luck said. "He comes from a faction of people who believe you go to college to pursue your degree."


    Luck's decision to stay at Stanford comes as coach Jim Harbaugh is being wooed by NFL teams for a possible job. Harbaugh met Wednesday with officials with the San Francisco 49ers and was set to meet with Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross on Thursday in the Bay Area, two people with knowledge of the situation said. Both spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the meeting was to remain confidential.


    New Denver Broncos chief football executive John Elway has said he hopes to interview Harbaugh for their job.


    It's unclear whether Luck's decision to stay in school will impact Harbaugh's decision whether to leave for an NFL job this year. If Harbaugh does leave Stanford, the opportunity to coach Luck next season will likely make Stanford a plum assignment.

    Luck was the runner-up this season to Auburn's Cam Newton for the Heisman Trophy and will now be one of the favorites for next year's award.

    Luck was widely considered the top draft prospect after two spectacular years at Stanford. His decision will be a blow to the Panthers, who have the No. 1 pick in April's draft and are looking for a quarterback.

    Luck capped this season by completing 18 of 23 passes for 287 yards and four touchdowns in the fifth-ranked Cardinal's 40-12 victory over No. 12 Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Monday night.

    That helped Stanford (12-1) extend its school record for wins in a season and has the Cardinal poised to finish in the top five of the AP poll for the first time since the unbeaten 1940 team finished No. 2.

    Luck is a major reason why Stanford has gone from a one-win team in 2006 before Harbaugh arrived to one of the top teams in the country. He has led Stanford to a 20-5 record in his 25 career starts, only missing last season's Sun Bowl loss to Oklahoma with a broken right index finger.

    One of Luck's teammates who won't be back is linebacker Thomas Keiser, who told the Cardinal he intends to forgo his final year of eligibility to enter the draft. He started all 13 games this season and finished with 38 tackles and nine sacks.

    Luck has completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 5,913 yards, 45 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his career. He has also rushed for 807 yards and five scores. That athleticism, along with his strong, accurate arm and on-field poise, has had NFL scouts salivating at his potential as a pro.

    Harbaugh, a former star quarterback at Michigan and in the NFL, has called Luck the greatest player he has ever been around.

    Luck set school records for TD passes (32), completion percentage (70.7 percent) and passing efficiency (170.2) this season. He is already being mentioned alongside John Elway, Jim Plunkett, John Brodie and Frankie Albert as one of Stanford's great quarterbacks.


    Ted Miller covers the Pac-10 for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press is included in this report.
    I just want to say good for Luck. A lot of people say how dumb he is for not entering the draft and taking all that money. Maybe money is not what drives him. Maybe, gasp, his dream isn't to play professional football. Maybe he sees playing college football as fun and a way to pay for a prestigious education. God forbid he complete his degree instead of playing football.

    Regardless of injury he will be able to live a productive life and do something (I assume) he enjoys. It may not bring him all the money and fame of professional football but just as much if not more happiness.

    Don't get me wrong I think Luck is about as talented of a quarterback as you will find and as a fan of football i'd love to see him in the NFL. However if that's not his dream I can't knock him for staying in school. I think it's nice to see someone, not just an athlete, have motives besides fame and money.

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    Default Re: Luck Stays At Standford

    a lot of guys have stayed in school Sam Bradford, Tebow just to name a few.

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    I think he should have gone. With everything surrounding the coach leaving and the possibility of a new CBA changing rookie contracts in the NFL, you take that $50 mil and run. He's great, and he's going to the NFL regardless if he has a degree or not. He enjoys football, anyone who is that good at it enjoys it. Its too much hard work not to.

    Good for him for doing what he wants, but I don't think its the smartest move.

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    If there's a lockout? Smart Move

    If there isn't? Its debatable you can make your $$$ now and get your degree at anytime. Your stock may never be higher except now. Or you can put your education first and football later.

    Time will tell.

    It blew up in Matt Leinart's face when he did it but Manning did it and as Colts fans we lucked out

    Same with Bradford and the Rams.

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    I wouldn't be surprised if Harbaugh goes back to Stanford as well. Try to win a National Championship and than hope for a packaged deal with a team needing QB and Head Coach in 2012 draft

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    The thing with Harbaugh to me is that taking the SF job makes a ton of sense. Its not too far from home and they have some good young players. Plus it would be easy to win the NFC West.

    And back to Luck, football is a rough game. All it takes is one play. One play and he can kiss it all good bye. Yes education is great and all, but let's be honest, he has absolutely no intention on relying on that degree in his life. Go, be the number one pick, get paid and get your degree in off seasons, I'm sure you can work something out with Stanford.

    I think his father isn't exactly telling the truth about not worrying about being drafted by the Panthers effecting his decision. I mean that team is in absolute shambles. At least St Louis had some promise for Bradford.

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    The thing with Harbaugh to me is that taking the SF job makes a ton of sense. Its not too far from home and they have some good young players. Plus it would be easy to win the NFC West.

    And back to Luck, football is a rough game. All it takes is one play. One play and he can kiss it all good bye. Yes education is great and all, but let's be honest, he has absolutely no intention on relying on that degree in his life. Go, be the number one pick, get paid and get your degree in off seasons, I'm sure you can work something out with Stanford.

    I think his father isn't exactly telling the truth about not worrying about being drafted by the Panthers effecting his decision. I mean that team is in absolute shambles. At least St Louis had some promise for Bradford.


    I agree and of course Florio referenced it more or less as well as Eli Manning's refusal to play for San Diego. Of course it didn't occur to the POS that Peyton did the same thing Andrew Luck did. It would've been a more accurate reference as how could Panthers fans be upset over a draft pick that never actually happened in the first place.

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    I wouldn't be surprised if Harbaugh goes back to Stanford as well. Try to win a National Championship and than hope for a packaged deal with a team needing QB and Head Coach in 2012 draft
    i doubt that if the dolphis are offering him 8 million dollars a yr he is going to the NFL.

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    i doubt that if the dolphis are offering him 8 million dollars a yr he is going to the NFL.


    Well the Fins are keeping Sparano for another year.

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    Well the Fins are keeping Sparano for another year.
    link??? thats here say right now they offered Jim 8 million but that leaked it wasnt suppose to.

    EDIT: i saw it on espn
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    Default Re: Luck Stays At Standford

    Luck is a pretty sophisticated person and comes from a wealthy, educated family. He'd love to make a ton of money in the NFL I'm sure, but he doesn't need it to lift his whole family out of poverty like some of these guys. That degree he's getting a Stanford is prestigious and while it wouldn't earn him all the money the NFL would, it would still generate him millions of dollars if he worked hard enough.

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    the next best player to take is cam newton or even jake locker for the panthers
    In 49 states it's just basketball, but this is Indiana!

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    the next best player to take is cam newton or even jake locker for the panthers
    Mallet is a better pro prospect than both of them. I really dont like Locker he played horrible this yr.

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    Mallet is a better pro prospect than both of them. I really dont like Locker he played horrible this yr.
    hes a good option to consider

    as too is gabbert

    what makes teams back away from cam newton is maturity and i actually think the panthers who actually have some decent pieces young and old dont need a child as their qb
    In 49 states it's just basketball, but this is Indiana!

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