The inability of the federal government to avert the “sequester” — automatic and across-the-board spending cuts of $85 billion that came into effect last Friday — will seriously affect the state of ongoing and future research at Stanford, according to University administrators.
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Undrafted & Underrated: Stanford WR Griff Whalen works to join his best friend, Andrew Luck, on the Colts’ roster
A shortened version of this story appeared in The New York Times’ college sports blog The Quad and in The Daily print edition today.
“With the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Andrew Luck, quarterback, Stanford…”
Luck strides across the Radio City Music Hall stage in a dark-blue suit and a tie with lilac and lavender stripes, his normally shaggy hair groomed for the occasion. He bear-hugs the league commissioner and flashes a goofy smile for the rows of cameras.
Back at Stanford, in the Rains apartment he shares with Luck, Griff Whalen is also beaming. Staring at the 36-inch TV in the corner of their living room, he watches as the kid from Houston that he’s known since freshman year, talks to Deion Sanders on ESPN.
Four Stanford football alumni made the jump to the NFL over the weekend, with nose tackle Sione Fua, fullback/linebacker Owen Marecic, cornerback Richard Sherman and wide receiver Ryan Whalen each getting the call during the 2011 NFL Draft in New York City.
A mix of 2011 and 2010 Stanford football alumni will take part in the Cardinal’s pro timing day on March 17. The athletes will take part in drills in front of numerous NFL coaches and scouts; last year, 30 of the league’s 32 teams were in attendance.
Located in the heart of the San Ramon Valley in Danville, Calif., Monte Vista (or MV, for short) has long been a hotbed not for Stanford, but for its rival from the East Bay. Cal coach Jeff Tedford resides in the town and Berkeley coaches have been a fixture at the Mustangs’ practices and games. But when Whalen, who received offers almost exclusively from schools at the FCS level, chose to become a member of the Cardinal, he set off a chain of events that have led Stanford to create an imprint at Monte Vista.
ione Fua, Owen Marecic, Richard Sherman and Ryan Whalen secured spots in Indianapolis for the league’s comprehensive week of evaluations of potential draft picks.