On Oct. 29, 2011, Stanford will visit the Coliseum for a Pac-12 matchup with USC. In that game, the Cardinal will be starting Andrew Luck at quarterback, because apparently, he doesn't want to be starting under center for the Carolina Panthers. Stanford announced earlier this morning that Luck, who would have been the consensus No. 1 overall pick in April's NFL draft, has reportedly decided to stay at Stanford for one more year.
Stanford University announced today Andrew Luck, a redshirt sophomore quarterback from Houston, Texas, will not declare for early entry to the 2011 NFL draft as required for underclassmen.
"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.
There are a few ways to look at this. For starters, Luck's decision to return could very well mean that Jim Harbaugh decides to stay in Palo Alto as well. If both remain on the Farm, Stanford could conceivably be the consensus preseason No. 1 team.
As for USC, some have argued that Luck's decision to stay in school, could make Barkley stay for his senior season. We'll see...