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Stanford names coordinator David Shaw as new head coach

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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.

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7 Responses to “Stanford names coordinator David Shaw as new head coach”
  1. burntorangehorn says: Jan 13, 2011 1:39 PM

    Great choice. He’s been a good coordinator, and has a lot of admiration from his players as a leader. That’s a pretty good combination. It doesn’t always work, but the odds of continuity are much better with Shaw than they would’ve been with an outsider.

  2. Cornbread Central says: Jan 13, 2011 2:02 PM

    I agree, burntorangehorn. They won’t have to do any major overhauls similar to situations in the past with Nebraska (Callahan) and Michigan (Rodriguez). They can stay the pace, and should be able to continue in the upward direction they are going, especially given one more year with Luck behind center.

    They can stay relevant without Harbaugh…it’ll be interesting to see how it works out.

  3. edgy says: Jan 13, 2011 4:01 PM

    It’s a good hire; however, I think that they need to make a big push for their old DC or elevate someone from his staff because that defense was one of the real keys to the season.

  4. burntorangehorn says: Jan 13, 2011 5:04 PM

    edgy–I think Shaw would be crazy not to try to retain Fangio, if of course Fangio doesn’t head to the NFL with Harbaugh.

    cornbread–yes, keeping Luck and most of the other starters should make the transition pretty smooth. Things may fade a little at Stanford over time, as it really was an incredible ascent to a height that’s hard to sustain, but there’s no reason this team shouldn’t compete for the conference championship again next season.

  5. edgy says: Jan 13, 2011 5:24 PM

    Looks like Roman and Fangio are gone so it’s time for him to get some coordinators in place, quickly.

    Now, whether it’s Harbaugh or Shaw at the helm, 2011 is likely an 8-4 or 9-3 regular season because of the 3 offensive linemen that have to be replaced, along with Luck’s leading receiver, his second leading receiver and TE. With all those new starters, Stanford must get them up to speed quickly because they only get two OOC games before they start in conference play when they start with San Jose State and a road trip to Duke and then start conference play at ASU, an open date, home dates with UCLA and Colorado. at Wazzu and at home against the Huskies before they get to the meat of their schedule with a road game against the Trojans. I can see them start out 7-0 but then it gets really tough. The running game is going to be even more important than it was in the past and it might hurt Luck’s chances for the Heisman, if he has to defer to the running game, especially in the red zone unless he can find adequate replacements for the passing game.

  6. edgy says: Jan 13, 2011 5:28 PM

    burntorangehorn, I meant that he needs to make a push to keep him NOT because he has other ideas but because there was a very good chance that he was going to want to go to the NFL with Harbaugh.

  7. mrcowpatty says: Jan 13, 2011 6:56 PM

    Two things,

    One, Boise State is lucky they didn’t lose their head coach.

    Two, After Luck graduates, Stanford will return to a 500 ball club. Because at Stanford, they actually put student before athlete and this is why Stanford has a hard time competing at a high level year in and year out in football and basketball.

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