It was 6 a.m. the morning after the Orange Bowl victory. Andrew Luck, after staying up and celebrating the entire night, sat in the hot tub at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel with about a dozen of his teammates. Right then and there, Luck told them that he was returning to Stanford for his senior season.
Although many college football programs have recently incurred heavy financial losses due to bowl game participation, the Stanford athletics department has seen both an increase in season-ticket renewals and national profile in the aftermath of the 2013 Rose Bowl.
Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason and five Cardinal defenders held sessions with the media on Thursday before the team began practices for Tuesday’s Rose Bowl against Wisconsin.
On the eve of Stanford’s first Rose Bowl appearance in 12 seasons, second-year head coach David Shaw has signed a long-term extension to remain on the Farm, Stanford president John Hennessy and athletic director Bernard Muir announced Wednesday.
Stanford fans: we’ve had our two days to mope, weep, cry, scream, whatever. Now it’s time to take a realistic look at where Stanford is going to be headed this postseason.