Regardless of whether they stay in-house or go outside the football program, it appears very likely that Stanford fans won’t have to wait much longer to find out the identity of their new head coach.
According to Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News, it’s expected the Cardinal will have a head coach in place by the end of business today.
The identity of that coach? That remains to be determined, although the signs continue to point to a current member of Jim Harbaugh‘s former staff taking over the job. Based on the actions of athletic director Bob Bowlsby, Wilner believes there’s a strong indication the new coach will come from the trio of associate head coach Greg Roman, offensive coordinator David Shaw and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
But best I can tell, Bowlsby has not gotten on an airplane this week — and I have not heard that he has met with anyone at a secret off-campus location.
That doesn’t mean he hasn’t … he could very well have a big name, sleeper candidate in the wings … but it’s a strong indication that he does indeed plan to hire from within.
Chris Petersen was an “outsider” mentioned as a candidate, but he decided to remain at Boise State. Oregon State’s Mike Riley has also been mentioned, but that appears to be a long-shot at best. The only other “outsider” mentioned has been Yale’s Tom Williams.
We get the feeling that, by the end of the business week — if not the end of today — Shaw will be introduced as the Cardinal’s head coach.