Jim Harbaugh Sweepstakes and Luck

Will Luck's decision keep Harbaugh at Stanford?

By Laurence Scott
|  Friday, Jan 7, 2011  |  Updated 6:33 AM PDT
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Jim Harbaugh Sweepstakes and Luck

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MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 03: (L-R) Quarterback Andrew Luck and head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Stanford Cardinal celebrate with the trophy on stage after Stanford won 40-12 against the Virginai Tech Hokies during the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

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The only thing that could add more intrigue to this Jim Harbaugh sweepstakes is the Raiders flying into the picture. As of Thursday night, we know one team out of the running and that’s the Miami Dolphins.

Owner Stephen Ross and his traveling entourage boarded his private jet Thursday in San Jose having met with Harbaugh during the day and left with no deal. The word is they're out of the running.

The very latest from a variety of reports is that the 49ers are making another serious push. Yet, there's a dark horse in Cardinal red with a strong, late showing.

Stanford appears to have upped their offer and may have the ace in the hole.

Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck is coming back for one more year, passing on what the Carolina Panthers would’ve paid him as the top pick in the coming NFL draft.

He truly values his teammates and his education at Stanford, and figures enough money will be there later when he’s likely the top pick in 2012 after he completes his degree in Architectural Design.

That means a shot at the Heisman Trophy and perhaps a head coach in Harbaugh that will decide to join him in the hunt for a National Championship.

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