Six days after losing Jim Harbaugh to the NFL, Stanford has found his replacement.
And, as expected, the school didn’t have to go far to find a suitable — and very popular — replacement.
According to a press release issued by the school, a press conference has been scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET today to introduce offensive coordinator David Shaw as its new head football coach.
“David Shaw is exactly the right person to lead our football program at this time,” said athletic director Bob Bowlsby in a statement. “David has the experience, intellect, coaching skills and organizational abilities to be a tremendous head coach. He understands and embraces the combination of world class academics and world class athletics that is required at Stanford.
“David has made a substantial contribution to the recent success of our program and our team has great confidence in him. I could not be more excited to work with David and to assist him and his staff in leading our football program to high achievement in the years ahead.”
The 38-year-old Shaw was one of three internal candidates to interview for the position. It’s unclear whether associate head coach Greg Roman and/or defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, the other two interviewed for the job, will remain as part of Shaw’s new staff, although it would appear unlikely.
Shaw, a former wide receiver at the school, has spent the past four years as a coach at his alma mater. It’s believed several influential people connected to the program pushed very hard for Shaw to get the job, as did some current and former players.