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Thoughts on the Hiring of David Shaw
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 01/13/2011

Jan. 13, 2011 

Stanford Players Reactions


Andrew Luck, Heisman Runner-up and Stanford RS Sophomore Quarterback
“This is a great day for Stanford football. My teammates and I look forward to getting to work right away and bringing a Pac-12 championship to the Farm.”

"Very excited. He's a Stanford man. I've known that since he was recruiting me coming out of high school. He has a deep, abiding love and respect for Stanford. You can really tell that. He's going to do a wonderful job with this program and the players are behind him 100 percent."

"He's definitely a lot different than Coach Harbaugh in a lot of aspects. I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing. We'll have to wait and see what motivation is like from the head coach and how the recruiting is. I have a lot of faith that it will be successful and good. It's just different personalities and people go about things differently. I wouldn't say there's one right way to do it.

(Did players favor him over other in-house candidates)
"I wouldn't say there was one more favored than another. We all had great relationships with all the coaches. Obviously, I think any one of the three would have been great for the players, but Shaw is the one."

(on athletics director Bob Bowlsby opening his door to hear out you players about the coaches on staff and also his sense of urgency with recruits coming)
"I know, speaking on behalf of the players, we definitely appreciate Mr. Bowlsby opening up his office and his ears up to us. I don't know how much of a difference we made. We're still young college students."

(on Luck returning making a difference)
"I think we knew he would listen to us but we also knew at the end of the day he would have to make a decision what's best for Stanford, not what's best for the seniors now but what's best for Stanford in the coming years."

(on a smooth transition)
"It's nice not having to learn a new playbook, to be able to hit spring ball running like you were just on the field in the bowl game. I think that definitely helps in terms of making a smooth transition."

(Your dealings with Coach Shaw and his input?)
"I saw him all the time. I don't know the inner workings of the whole brain trust that was up in the coaches' office but Coach Shaw has always been a great coach since I've been here. He's always had a big hand in the offense."


Michael Thomas, Stanford Junior Safety
“Coach Shaw is committed to Stanford and committed to continuity and that's what our team needs right now. I believe Stanford is in great hands with Coach Shaw.”

Ryan Whalen, Stanford Senior Quarterback
“I have had the privilege to play for Coach Shaw for four years, and I'm very excited about the hire. Not only is he a great coach, but also a great man. He has a great future leading the Cardinal.”

Shayne Skov, Stanford Sophomore Linebacker
“Coach Shaw has been a coach guys have looked up to since I've been here. He is not only a great coach but somebody that allows the program to hit the ground running for next season.”

Owen Marecic, Hornung Award Winner and Stanford Senior Linebacker/Fullback
“Coach Shaw is a great football coach and a man of great character. Undoubtedly, he will lead the team to great accomplishments on and off the field.”


Staff and Other Reactions

Bob Bowlsby, Stanford Athletics Director
"David Shaw is exactly the right person to lead our football program at this time. David has the experience, intellect, coaching skills and organizational abilities to be a tremendous head coach. He understands and embraces the combination of world class academics and world class athletics that is required at Stanford.

"David has made a substantial contribution to the recent success of our program and our team has great confidence in him. I could not be more excited to work with David and to assist him and his staff in leading our football program to high achievement in the years ahead.


John Hennessy, Stanford University President
"David Shaw has been a large part of the Stanford football program's success over the past four years, and he has all of the experience and qualities to continue the momentum into the future. He is a Stanford graduate and a long-time member of our Stanford family who has personally been part of our scholar-athlete tradition. He understands our values. He also has a wealth of experience outside of the university, and broad respect among both those in his profession and on campus. I am excited about the prospects for Stanford football under his leadership."


Former Stanford Assistant and David's Father, Willie Shaw
“Bill Walsh told me something one time, ‘Willie,’ he says, ‘Your son is one of the best players I’ve ever coached.’

“I said, ‘Is that right?’

“He says, ‘College or pros, he was the one guy that when he went into a game, no matter what position he was at, he could tell you the coverage, he could tell you what the quarterback should have seen, the reads that should have made, what routes should have been run. He’d tell you exactly what he saw.’

“That’s why he’s a good coach.”

(on being a finalist for the Stanford head coaching and today's news)
“It’s come full circle. It’s so rewarding to see this happen 18 years later. Now I’m thinking, I didn’t get it before, maybe that was why. This is even more rewarding than if I had gotten it. I’m really so proud.”

(on his reaction)
“Elation. We’ve been praying so hard. I know this is the place he’s always wanted to be. This is just a dream come true.”

(on why David relates so well to the Stanford players)
“The players that are here, they were just like him. They felt what he felt as a player and a student-athlete. So, when they talk with him, and ask him questions and talk about the university, they know he understands because they’re going through the same thing he went through when he was here.”


Tyrone Willingham, Former Stanford Head Coach
“The sense of pride I have comes from being able to coach at a great university that believed in the same principles of life that I believed in, that Bill Walsh believed in, that John Ralston believed in, that Denny Green believed in. And hopefully David will carry those things forward, as Jim Harbaugh did in taking up the mantle of Stanford. Being the best, but at the same time not compromising your academics.”



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