Que up the dread music, y’all!
Andrew Luck’s school schedule will likely prevent him from starting his professional career on time.
Stanford, where Luck is attempting to complete his degree in architectural design, is on a quarter system. He has two classes during this spring quarter and he will have to finish finals before he enters camp!
According to NFL.com, the lone exception to this rule is for a club’s rookie minicamp. The Indianapolis Colts, who are widely expected to take Luck, have one scheduled for May 4-6.
The real dates to watch are June 12-14, when the Colts have their full-squad minicamp, the last team activity before training camp kicks off in mid-summer. Stanford’s finals are scheduled to be held June 8-13. It is expected that Luck would be ready in time for that minicamp, according to sources. However, his availability for the three organized team activities — scheduled for May 17, May 24 and June 6 — would be up in the air.
Lucky for Luck, unless they draft Robert Griffin III of course, Indianapolis has been down this road before and handled the situation quite well. According to NFL.com:
Indianapolis has been down this road before, and managed the situation creatively. In 2007, the Colts selected Anthony Gonzalez, an Ohio State fourth-year junior, with their first-round pick. Ohio State, like Stanford, is on the quarter system, so Gonzalez couldn’t report until mid-June. So then-quarterback Peyton Manning went to the receiver, taking it upon himself to drive the three hours to Columbus to teach the rookie the offense.
Ah, see! Lucky for Luck indeed! … Oh wait! Peyton Manning. Got released by the Colts. He’s with the Denver Broncos now. He … can’t… go teach Andy the offense. Uh-oh!
By the way, I want to point out how funny it is to see the media outlets pointing this out now:
The Colts have not yet publicly committed to taking Luck, insisting that Robert Griffin III is still under consideration by the club’s new brass, headed by general manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano.
The team can sign Luck, or Griffin, at any point between now and the draft.
Almost like they are being told, “Hey … we might not really take Andy so stop reporting like it’s a done deal! KThanxBai!”
Have I told you all how much I love Colts Owner Jim Irsay?!