Breaking News: Stanford Quarterback Andrew Luck Will Return for 2011 Season

Matt WagnerCorrespondent IIJanuary 6, 2011

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 03:  Orange Bowl MVP Andrew Luck of the Stanford Cardinal celebrates with fans after Stanford won 40-14 against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Breaking news just came out of Stanford.

Stanford University just announced that quarterback Andrew Luck will return for the 2011 season.

Luck was projected to become the No. 1 overall pick, according to ESPN NFL Draft Analyst Todd McShay, and the Carolina Panthers, the team that holds the No. 1 pick, already made public they were going to acquire Luck if he were to declare for the NFL Draft.

This now begs the question. Will Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh, who is being courted by several NFL teams, return to Palo Alto next season?

Harbaugh is being pursued by the San Fransisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos, as well as the University of Michigan.

Luck's decision could possibly adjust Harbaugh's thinking process, and even though it is considered "highly unlikely" that Harbaugh will return to the Cardinal, I would not be surprised if he begins to consider returning more strongly than before.

In addition, with the collective bargaining agreement pointing to a lockout, this looks like the intelligent decision on paper.

With Andrew Luck returning to Stanford, this looks to put a wrench in the Panthers plans, as Carolina's NFL Draft plans are now in flux.

I will provide updates regarding Jim Harbaugh's decision when more information becomes available.