Every since the calender turned over to October, I have been rooting against Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
I personally have no vendetta against Luck. I’m just tired of how all the media fawns over him like the populace did over Jennifer Lopez’s butt years ago. Like how the media fawns over most athletes when they feel that the athlete can’t do any wrong, i.e. Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, the now retired Brett Favre, the campus Tim Tebow (not so much now, yet, but when he was at Florida) and other players that escapes me.
It’s just kind of ridiculous how much dick sucking a 22-year-old can get from strangers. And because of the pantie-tossing, boxer/brief chucking that has been going on over Luck, I did not want to see Luck in the National Championship game or win it because he would be ascended to college football immortality.
However, I noticed something Saturday night during the Cardinal game with Southern California. And I ashamed to admit this, blame my East Coast living and my bias to not watch Stanford, but Luck is being coached by a black man — David Shaw.
Shaw is in his first season as Stanford’s head coach. He took over after Jim Harbaugh left to coach the one-loss San Francisco 49ers. Before this season, Shaw spent the past two as offensive coordinator for the Cardinal. Luck’s success is indirectly a result of Shaw’s offensive game planning. Which is why it is mind boggling that with as much credit Luck is being praised for, Shaw seems to get none, zip, nada.
(But if the Cardinal lose, let’s see how much blame the groupie media will put on Shaw. Can you say, 95 percent?)
One day after seeing Shaw on the sideline, my attitude has changed. I hope the Cardinal makes it to the National Championship game and I hope that Luck leads Stanford to a National title. Because if the Cardinal can achieve that goal, Shaw will become the first African-American head coach to win a FBS championship.
In an institution where there are only 14 African American head coaches, no other African American has been this close to a national championship since Tyrone Willingham’s 2002 Notre Dame team that was ranked as high as fourth in the polls.
And no other has had a player under their helm like Luck.
Luck has more than just his own legacy riding on his right arm but the legacy of an entire race of coaches across the country, including Shaw’s. A Stanford national championship will not erase NCAA’s good ol’ boy status but maybe, just maybe, it will show the good ol’ boys that the homeboys can do the damn thang too.