Reactions to Andrew Luck’s Decision to Stay at Stanford

Take them all in if you’d like, keeping in mind that neither side actually cares about Luck’s quality of life. the haranguing set by wondering “who attached the junior college electrodes” to his head. And the “hooray for college football” team. In Charlotte, the No. 1 pick Panthers are reeling about the news, although as , the player’s father, Oliver, said it was not about being drafted by Carolina.

But the most thoughtful look at Luck’s decision came from , who said Luck’s decision is much like that of his coach, Jim Harbaugh. Money isn’t the issue with either of them. It’s about what they want to do with their lives. Neither is facing a make-or-break decision on the N.F.L. You think architectural designers or Stanford football coaches make minimum wage? What if Luck is injured and never has the joy of having his skull driven into an N.F.L. field by Ndamukong Suh? He collects a big insurance payout, designs buildings, probably has a lovely life and a gaggle of perfect children, and we’d still all want to be him.

Of course, Luck’s decision also quickly , who has and turned away his alma mater, Michigan, but still has the 49ers and the Broncos breathing heavily in his direction. that it’s the 49ers who have lodged themselves in a tough spot, having staked so much on wooing Harbaugh. Meanwhile, what exactly Harbaugh has done to deserve his own brand of mania.

The Dolphins are now apparently keeping Tony Sparano, despite of having pursued not only Harbaugh but also Bill Cowher. With a bit more enthusiasm, Dallas clipped the interim tag off Jason Garrett and, more surprisingly, .

The actual good teams in the N.F.L. (and also Seattle) now head into the first weekend of the playoffs with plenty of people predicting mayhem for the home teams, . the recent trend of wild-card road victories stems from so many of those wild-card teams being led by dynamic quarterbacks.

From the rest of the overshadowed sports world, we bring you a few highlights. It was a banner night in the N.H.L. for shootouts, with bringing us a classic shootout move and a goalie turned rapper and Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski pulling off .

The Rutgers football player about his progress since a hit paralyzed him this season.

And in some totally unsurprising news, the figure skater . And the FIFA boss Sepp Blatter opened his mouth again Thursday and : this time he heaps criticism on the International Olympic Committee for its lack of transparency and ethics. This coming from the king of opaqueness.

If you are following the story of Ted Williams, the homeless-man-turned-media star, you can hear his magic voice in a commercial this weekend. While in New York on Thursday, , which will appear during the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on ESPN on Sunday.

And no one will fault him for taking the money.

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Ole Miss Hires Dolphins QB Coach to Lead Offense

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Houston Nutt is turning the Mississippi offense over to a familiar face with NFL experience.

The coach has hired quarterbacks coach David Lee as his offensive coordinator. Nutt, shaking up his staff after a dismal 4-8 season, said he is turning over play-calling responsibilities to Lee.

“When you turn over the play-calling duty, it’s important that you know that coach very well,” Nutt said. “We have the same type of philosophy. I love his experience with the professional game and with quarterbacks.”

Lee, 57, is no stranger to Nutt or the college game.

He worked with Nutt at Arkansas on two occasions. He was quarterbacks coach in 2001 and ’02, and then returned in 2007 to become the offensive coordinator. Lee initially followed Nutt to Ole Miss after the 2007 season, but decided to take a job with the Dolphins.

Lee takes over for Dave Rader, who is leaving with one year remaining on a contract that pays $275,000 annually.

“Dave Rader is a great coach and a class act,” Nutt said. “We just needed to do some different things.”

The Ole Miss offense scored 30.6 points per game this fall, which ranked seventh in the SEC.

Nutt said shedding play-calling responsibilities will free him to work more with the defense, which gave up an SEC-worst 35.2 points per game.

“I just felt like I need to spend more time on the defensive side of the ball,” Nutt said. “I feel like I don’t give them the time that I need. I’ll be able to spend a little more time around them, getting to watch them and be in the meeting rooms.”

Details of Lee’s contract were not immediately released.

Lee’s tenure with the Dolphins was mixed. The quarterback play was often spotty, but he was credited with bringing the “Wildcat” formation to the NFL in 2008, which features a running back that takes a direct snap.

In addition to Lee’s hiring, Nutt said Mike Markuson’s coaching title will be changed from co-offensive coordinator to running game coordinator.

Nutt wasn’t sure if he was done making changes to his coaching staff. Receivers coach Ron Dickerson, Jr., is a candidate for the Gardner-Webb coaching job.

“I’m still working through some things,” Nutt said. “We’ve got a really good recruiting class coming together. I’m just trying to do what’s best for Ole Miss.”