Parades, coaching changes on Stanford's plate


By Rick Eymer

Palo Alto Online Sports

Stanford Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby said he has been in contact with everybody on the Stanford football coaching staff as the school moves forward in its search for a coach to replace Jim Harbaugh, who signed a five-year deal worth $25 million with the San Francisco 49ers on Friday.

Bowlsby spoke briefly following a special presentation to women's basketball coach Tara Vanderveer in honor of her 800th career victory.

"I talked to the whole coaching staff a number of times over the last day," Bowlsby said.

Stanford president John Hennessey said there was no specific timetable for hiring a coach.

"We're going to get it done quickly because obviously it's important for the team," Hennessey said. "But getting the right person is the most important thing. We'll take the time we need."

Harbaugh will likely consider several of the Cardinal assistants for openings with the 49ers.

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, credited with for the Cardinal defensive turnaround, offensive coordinator David Shaw, wide receivers coach Pep Hamilton, secondary coach Derek Mason, special teams coordinator Brian Pollan and associate head coach Greg Roman all have NFL coaching experience.

Roman and Shaw are likely candidates to take over the head job at Stanford.

A parade down University Ave. in Palo Alto to honor the achievements of Palo Alto High's football and volleyball teams, and Stanford's Orange Bowl victory, was also held Saturday.

Participating in the parade and presentation were Stanford players Coby Fleener, Jonathan Martin, Matt Masifilo and Owen Marecic among others.

The parade began at the corner of University and Webster and concluded at King Plaza in front of City Hall. Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt was on hand to pay tribute to the Cardinal.

Harbaugh played football for Vikings' coach Earl Hansen at Palo Alto.

Also, Dillard High School (Florida) safety Wayne Lyons announced Saturday at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl that he committed to Stanford.

Lyons, the valedictorian of his senior class with a 5.0 GPA, decided to attend the most academic of the top notch talented schools in the FBS.

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Posted by lawman
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jan 10, 2011 at 10:55 am

So nice to have exposed the myth that a top-rate academic institution such as Stanford cannot attract enough talent to compete with the perennial football powers. Go Cardinal!

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Posted by menlo parker
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jan 10, 2011 at 11:02 am

Was the Stanford football team part of the parade or not. I heard reports that they were and others that did not include the Stanford football team. It was very confusing. So were they included or not?

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Posted by Gail
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm

The parade was terrific. Four football players on the Stanford football team were there for the ceremony in front of City Hall.
One of the Stanford players briefly spoke. He thanked the residents of Palo Alto for all their support of Stanford. It was an old fashioned parade and a lots of fun.

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