With the NFL’s version of Black Monday just about eight days away, one of the hot commodities on the job market has been Stanford Cardinal head coach David Shaw. Shaw has impressed NFL executives with his ability to maintain success at Stanford and has led his program to two Rose Bowl appearances in just four seasons. In doing so, Shaw is seen by many as the top collegiate candidate for any potential NFL gigs. Sources close to Shaw, however, told ESPN that he intends on staying put at Stanford, where he’s enjoyed developing student-athletes into men.
Over the course of his coaching career, Shaw has spent time as an assistant for the Raiders, Eagles and Ravens before replacing current San Francisco 49ers Jim Harbaugh at Stanford. After building a career record of 41-12, the 42 year-old believes he has plenty of good coaching years in front of him at Stanford, but don’t be surprised if the NFL calls persuade Shaw to leave the university. All too many times, the money and power of the NFL has influenced a college coach to accept a job coaching at the professional level.
Still, Shaw loves his current position and would surprise many close to the program if he were to pursue any other coaching positions. One of Shaw’s greatest strengths has been his ability to develop players over their four or five year careers, and it has shown in his excellent turnover. Despite a 7-5 record- the worst in Shaw’s tenure- Stanford will bring their 2014 season to a close Dec. 30 when they will square off against the Maryland Terrapins in the Foster Farms Bowl.
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