Stanford football has turned many eyes over the last few years. After Jim Harbaugh successfully changed the culture of the program, David Shaw has continued to build the Cardinal in to an elite football power. It is no wonder why Shaw would be considered a potential target for some lucrative job openings that could be available in a few months.
Texas? USC? The NFL? Shaw says forget it.
While being interviewed by Jim Rome on The Jim Rome Show, Shaw said he appreciates the level of coaching that can be had at the NFL, but he has no plans to return to the pros, or anywhere else for that matter.
“I absolutely love it here,” Shaw said. “My family loves it here. My wife is an East Coast woman who’s been transplanted here to Palo Alto, California and never wants to leave. So I plan on being here for a very long time.”
There is something to be said about a coach who goes on the record and says he prefers to stay where he is rather than leave the door open for potential job offers from bigger programs with deeper pockets or the NFL. A coach preaching bout the good that can be witnessed in the college game is refreshing and serves as a reminder at times how there are good things happening in the sport that is polluted by pay-for-play conversations and debates, players violating rules for any number of reasons and more.
“These intelligent guys who’ve fought through hardships, but are also brilliant and well-connected,” Shaw said. “They have a chance to do some unbelievable things when they go out into the world.”
Of course, this could all be your regular run-of-the-mill coach-speak and Shaw could jump out of Palo Alto as soon as a call from Austin or Los Angeles comes up on his phone. Hey, I’ll take Shaw at his word, but how many coaches have said similar things before ultimately having a change of heart when a better offer came their way?
In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”
Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.
At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August. The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.
“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”
Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.
Michigan played without its leading rusher in Week 5. The Wolverines are hoping there won’t be a repeat in Week 6.
De'Veon Smith sustained a lower-leg injury in the Week 4 win over BYU and didn’t travel with the team for last Saturday’s win over Maryland. Smith has been practicing with his teammates throughout the first few days of this week, and head coach Jim Harbaugh is guardedly optimistic that the running back will be available for what’s turned into a huge Big Ten matchup with Northwestern Saturday in the Big House.
“He’s practicing and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he’s going to stay good and be ready to play,” Harbaugh said during a radio appearance Thursday morning. “But we’ll (keep) looking at that every day.”
Despite essentially missing a game and a half, Smith currently leads the Wolverines with 331 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. He’s added four receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown coming out of the backfield the first four games.
Should Smith be unable to go again, the Wolverines have three other backs with at least 100 yards on the ground: Ty Isaac (187, 7.2 yards per carry), Drake Johnson (125, 4.2 ypc) and Derrick Green (100, 3.3 ypc).
In addition to Smith, Harbaugh is hopeful Channing Stribling will be available this weekend as well. The starting cornerback didn’t play against the Cougars because of injury