With all the Luck/Harbaugh talk lately and probably until the draft, I figured I would check into probability of Luck even leaving college to join the NFL next season, and came across this article:
Found a couple of quotes that indicate Luck will more than likely declare eligible for the next draft and may add a little credence to the Luck/Harbaugh combo theory.
When asked if Luck was ready for the NFL Harbaugh said:
"I believe so," Jim Harbaugh said this week. "I believe he is. He's physically mature, he's mentally mature. He's got a rare talent.
"So I think he'll decide what to do, and what I'll advise him is to do what's best for your family, do what's best for yourself."
-kind of rare for a coach to openly admit that he feels his best player should move on after his sophomore year, but this next quote from Luck's father may shed some light on Harbaugh's honesty:
Oliver Luck said he couldn't speak for his son's mindset, but he allowed that the prospect of Harbaugh leaving -- "he's basically like a second father to Andrew" -- would have some implications for Andrew's decision.
-more or less indicating that there's a good chance Harbaugh might not be back next season, and that it will have an effect on Luck's decision.
So looks like the signs are pointing to both leaving after this season, and the ability to bring in both to the same team at the same time would have to be a very attractive situation for Harbaugh. I'm not saying that the plan is in the works, just that the circumstances are there to make this a very plausible scenario.
*On a side note, this is looking to be one of the most interesting off-season's in Panther's history. There will be labor negotiations coming to a head resulting in a new CBA with new rules, a possible lockout, new coaching staff with new philosophies, probably the 1st overall pick of the draft, several key players to resign, and a boatload of cap space to bring in new FAs.