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Anonymous donor honors Andrew Luck with OC endowment


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.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.