If David Shaw has his way, he will never have to interview for another football coaching job. He is right where he has always thought he belonged: Stanford.
A head college coach at age 38, Shaw is ready to turn Stanford into a football powerhouse despite its tough academic standards.
“Since the day I started coaching, this is the job I always knew that I wanted,” Shaw said. “Today’s finally the day.”
Shaw arrived as an assistant on the Stanford staff with Jim Harbaugh four years ago with the task of rebuilding a one-win team.
He was promoted Thursday to replace Harbaugh and maintain the Cardinal’s place as a national contender following the team’s best season in decades.
Shaw won out over fellow assistants Greg Roman and Vic Fangio, among others, to take over the program less than a week after Harbaugh left to become coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
“He is the guy who is going to lead Stanford football for a long, long time,” athletic director Bob Bowlsby said in a statement.
The Cardinal went 12-1 this past season, capped by a 40-12 victory over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl, and finished fourth in the final AP poll.
Quarterback Andrew Luck, the Heisman Trophy runner-up, plans to return for another season.
Former Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni is heading back to the Big East as coach at Connecticut, athletic director Jeff Hathaway confirmed. Pasqualoni, who was 107-59-1 in 14 seasons with Syracuse – with nine trips to bowl games – has been the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive coordinator, since the November firing of coach Wade Phillips.
LSU offensive coordinator Gary Crowton resigned and will take a similar post at Maryland with new Terrapins coach Randy Edsall, his fellow assistant coach at Boston College in the early 1990s. Utah hired Tim Davis as its offensive line coach, replacing Blake Miller, who resigned. Lombardi Award winner Nick Fairley of Auburn will announce today if he plans to skip his senior year and enter the NFL draft. The junior defensive tackle could be the top overall pick.