Andrew Luck and Jon Gruden: Are They Stanford's Next Dynamic Duo?

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IJanuary 6, 2011

Would Jon Gruden leave the television booth for Stanford?
Would Jon Gruden leave the television booth for Stanford?Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

Andrew Luck is back and he may need a new head coach for the 2011 Stanford football season.

With lottery-type numbers being quoted to Jim Harbaugh by some NFL teams, there may soon be a vacancy to fill in Palo Alto.

So if Harbaugh's swan song was the Orange Bowl win over Virginia Tech, who's the lucky guy who gets to call the plays for Luck?

How about Jon Gruden?

Gruden is eyeing a return to coaching and although he's made his mark in the NFL, he might consider picking up where Harbaugh left off with that high-power pro-style offense that Luck runs so well.

Gruden already talked to Miami, although there was really never any intent on his part to consider coaching the Hurricanes.

The Dallas Cowboys job is taken and it sounds like Stephen Ross is hell-bent on getting Harbaugh to coach the Dolphins.

Right now, the Stanford job would be a plum for anyone, Gruden included. Great campus, good weather and a solid program, thanks to Harbaugh's four years of recruiting and coaching.

Gruden, Luck and Stanford—you think that would create some excitement around Palo Alto and the Pac-10?

Gruden's forte is offense and if that's the case, why not show up for Luck's final year?

Look at it this way—if Gruden were to take an NFL job in San Francisco or Cleveland, it might be a serious downgrade at the quarterback position from Luck.

It's been a wild month in the college and NFL coaching ranks.

Gruden to Stanford?

Seems anything's possible, doesn't it?