Uploaded: Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 10:12 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 20, 2012, 8:34 AM
Shaw agrees to a long-term contract extension
|Stanford football coach David Shaw will not be bolting to the NFL any time soon, as long as he honors the new long-term contract extension he has agreed to and that officially was announced Wednesday.
"David Shaw has led the football program to great success," said Stanford President John Hennessy. "He embodies the goal we have for our scholar-athletes -- success in the classroom and on the field. We are pleased that he will lead our football program for years to come."
"David has demonstrated great success as a leader within the Stanford community and as a mentor to scholar-athletes who wear the Cardinal uniform," added Bernard Muir, Stanford's new Athletic Director. "This agreement provides added stability and reassurance that David will be at the helm to secure our football program's long-term sustained success."
Shaw is finishing up his second year as Stanford's head coach and is 22-4 since being hired Jan. 13, 2011. He served the previous four years as the Cardinal's offensive coordinator.
"My family and I would like to thank Athletic Director Bernard Muir for being very proactive throughout this process," said Shaw, who on Wednesday finished third in the balloting for Associated Press Coach of the Year. "I am looking forward to seeing our athletic department continue to grow under his leadership.
"I would also like to thank President John Hennessy and Provost John Etchemendy for providing the support and resources necessary to build and maintain one of the top football programs in the country here at Stanford University. I feel blessed to work every day with an outstanding staff and coach the best group of young men in America, and I am excited to lead the Stanford football program for many years to come."
Under Shaw's leadership, the Cardinal has enjoyed unprecedented success.
Stanford is one of just four teams in the nation from BCS conferences to compile 34 or more wins over the last three seasons along with Oregon (35), LSU (34) and Alabama (34). The Cardinal's .872 winning percentage since 2010 is tied for third-best among FBS teams during that stretch.
Stanford's three straight 11-win seasons are unprecedented in school history. Stanford had never won 11 games prior to 2010 and had reached 10 wins only three times previously (1926, 1942 and 1992).
Shaw guided the 11-2 Cardinal this season to its first Pac-12 Championship in 13 years and a berth in the 99th Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO. This marks the third consecutive BCS bowl for Stanford, a feat claimed by just seven other schools.
On the heels of the 2012 Fiesta Bowl and 2011 Orange Bowl, the Cardinal have achieved the rare distinction of playing in three different BCS bowls in three straight years, matched only Miami, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Oregon in the Bowl Championship Series era of college football.
This is the unprecedented fourth straight year for Stanford to play in a bowl game, starting with the New Year's Eve 2009 Brut Sun Bowl. The last time Stanford won eight games in four consecutive seasons came under the guidance of Glenn "Pop" Warner in 1926-30.
The Cardinal ranked No. 6 in the final BCS standings this season, following back-to-back No. 4 final rankings in 2010 and 2011.
The 2012 season has seen particularly remarkable success under Shaw's direction. The Cardinal was well known for losing once-in-a-generation quarterback Andrew Luck to graduation and subsequent selection as the No. 1 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, part of an unprecedented four Stanford seniors drafted among the top 42 picks. A year earlier, four-year head coach Jim Harbaugh accepted the same position with the San Francisco 49ers.
Shaw reloaded and launched the Cardinal through a glass ceiling, winning the 2012 Pac-12 Championship while playing against a consensus top-five schedule in the country as measured by the BCS computers (including Jeff Sagarin's No. 1 strength of schedule). Stanford leads the nation this season with five wins against ranked opponents, the lowest coming against the 17th-ranked team in the country.
For the first time in school history, Shaw's Cardinal defeated the Associated Press' No. 1 and No. 2 teams -- at Oregon on Nov. 17 and vs. USC on Sept. 15, respectively. No other school has matched that triumph in the regular season since Miami in 2000.
— Stanford Media Relations
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Posted by Terrace Antelope, a resident of the College Terrace neighborhood, on Dec 19, 2012 at 11:19 pm
Terrace Antelope is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
We are blessed to have coach Shaw.
He said the day he was announced as Harbaugh's replacement that this has always been his dream job. I knew then that he is the right guy to be Stanford's head football coach and will likely be with us for many, many years to come. He attends other sporting events with his family and you get the impression that he's really enjoying life and appreciates what he got here on the Farm.
Best of luck Coach Shaw and his family! Please bring home a few nat'l championships (and recruit my sons to your team - smile).