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Anonymous donor honors Andrew Luck with OC endowment

Andrew Luck, Jamie Blatnick AP

One of the greatest quarterbacks in Stanford history may be off to the NFL, but his name will continue to live on in an official capacity in the football program.

The Cardinal announced in a release Tuesday that its offensive coordinator position has been endowed by a very generous gift from an anonymous donor in honor of Andrew Luck.  Thus, current coordinator Pep Hamilton‘s official title will be the “Andrew Luck Director of Offense” going forward.

No, seriously.  It will be.  And it will.  be.  awesome.

“It is a tremendous honor to hold this position and to be associated with an outstanding young man like Andrew Luck, who means so much to Stanford football and the Stanford community,” Hamilton said in a statement.  “I will do everything in my power to proudly continue the tradition of creative and exciting offensive football at Stanford.

The amount of the gift was not revealed.

The endowment continues a long tradition at the school, from the head football coach – Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football David Shaw — to the athletic director — Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics Bob Bowlsby, prior to his being named the Big 12′s commissioner  — to coaches in other sports as well.

Suffice to say, Luck is honored and humbled by the endowment in his name.

“It is a huge tribute,” said Luck of his named Directorship.  “To have anything endowed in my name is a complete honor.  I feel very fortunate to have come to Stanford, and I have always enjoyed representing the University.  The offensive coordinators I’ve had here helped me not only in football, but also to grow so much as a person.  To be a part of that leadership and position is a very proud legacy for me.

In 38 career starts, Luck helped the Cardinal to a 31-7 record, a three-year run that came on the heels of seven straight losing seasons.  Luck, the No. 1 overall pick in the April NFL draft, holds school records for, among other categories, touchdown passes (82) and total offense (10, 387 yards).

He was the Heisman runner-up and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year each of the past two seasons.

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13 Responses to “Anonymous donor honors Andrew Luck with OC endowment”
  1. Deb says: May 22, 2012 12:18 PM

    Congrats to Luck and to Stanford!

  2. seanmmartin says: May 22, 2012 1:15 PM

    I didn’t even think this was possible.

  3. mountaineer50415 says: May 22, 2012 1:28 PM

    Congrats to Andrew Luck and to his proud daddy. What a fine young man.

  4. coolhorn says: May 22, 2012 1:30 PM

    Have they named any football assistant coaching positions there after John Elway?

  5. soflasfinest says: May 22, 2012 1:51 PM

    This is just weird. Period.

  6. Deb says: May 22, 2012 2:05 PM

    It’s a financial donation made to the university on Luck’s behalf through an anonymous donor. It’s no different than people who donate a tremendous amount of money to a university to have the library named after a family member. The funds will go to benefit the university, and the school will recognize one of its exceptional athletes in a way that’s become a Stanford tradition, just as other schools have their traditions. The difference is that this tradition is honorary and unobtrusive–as opposed to, say, making visiting teams play on a garishly painted blue field. And the money will further the academic and educational aims of the institution.

  7. mountaineer50415 says: May 22, 2012 2:15 PM

    Deb: Now that is funny. Not sure BSU will agree, but real funny answer to stupid question and stupid statement. Of course if Coolhorn wants to pay a large sum of money to the school, I am sure they will name some body or something after John Elway.

  8. spudvol says: May 22, 2012 3:08 PM

    How long before we have the Craig James Director of Suck?

  9. coolhorn says: May 22, 2012 4:13 PM

    coolhorn ain’t paying anything to Stanford for any naming rights. I find this whole “naming rights for assistant coaching positions” to be weird. Next thing you know, some protein supplement company out there will be writing a big check to get their name on Stanford’s strength and conditioning coach.

  10. severs28 says: May 22, 2012 4:28 PM

    Must be because of all those National Championships he brought to Palo Alto.

  11. joewilliesshnoz says: May 22, 2012 4:57 PM

    You’re kidding me , aren’t you. ?

  12. Deb says: May 22, 2012 6:20 PM

    spudvol says:

    How long before we have the Craig James Director of Suck?
    ————————————————
    Isn’t that a staff position at ESPN?

  13. coolhorn says: May 22, 2012 7:37 PM

    Mike Leach got him fired.

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