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Harbaugh Leaves, Luck Stays

Posted By Donovan Williams On Jan 7 2011 @ 6:28 pm In Stanford | No Comments

Luck staying doesn’t surprise me now that I have learned that the NFL owners are determined to have the rookie salary cap implemented for the 2011 draft. With that being the case, him staying for his senior season will not impact his earning potential.

Harbaugh leaving is not a surprise. He’s a hot commodity. He’s been courted by the Dolphins, his alam mater, amongst others, and has decided to go the Bill Walsh route and take the reigns of the San Francisco 49ers.

I love the fact that Harbaugh chose the Niners. As I wrote in my previous post, the idea of having Harbaugh and Seattle Seahawk coach Pete Carroll meet twice a year (remember, “What’s your deal?”) will be great theater. ESPN has to lock in the first contest between these two divisional foes on Monday night.

So the question is now what does Stanford do next?

I would suspect that Stanford Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby was  prepared for Harbaugh’s departure. And after such a successful season, I’d expect the Cardinal to hire from within.

Candidates are David Shaw, Cardinal O.C., who is young and has great rapport with Andrew Luck, but has zero head coaching experience. Veteran assistant coach Vic Fangio has NFL experience but is too lacking head coaching experience.

Bob Bowlsby has an interesting decision to make. Does he go with the veteran assistant coach who it appears never had head coaching chops? Or does go with the younger offensive coordinator and hope he can fill the shoes of Harbaugh?

Bowlsby could go a completely different route, but I am not sure if that would make any sense given the current success of the program. Why start from scratch?

We’ll wait and see.

Bowlsby, your move. The clock is ticking.

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