Stepfan Taylor is the walking embodiment of football coach David Shaw’s motto: “Believe in the process.” He earns his touches by perfecting the details and soon he’ll leave Stanford as the most decorated running back in school history. Read More
Shayne Skov watched his Stanford teammates prepare for last year’s Fiesta Bowl from the sideline. The notoriously energetic linebacker learned the meaning of patience as his ruptured left knee recovered from ACL surgery.
“With guys like that — it’s hard on them,” coach David Shaw said. “They only know one speed. They only know how to go.” Read More
BERKELEY — A dejected Allen Crabbe sat in front of the room and tried to explain how the Cal men’s basketball team let a golden opportunity slip away against UNLV in the final seconds.
“It was a perfect day to show what we can do,” he said softly, “and it came down to one play. We just made a defensive play ... we were right there.” Read More
This week has been unlike any other in the 20 years Mike Gleeson has been Stanford football’s video director.Even though there’s a tight turnaround between the Cardinal’s 35-17 victory Saturday at UCLA and the Pac-12 Conference championship game rematch tonight, Gleeson’s typical task is simplified. All he has to do is add video from the first game and recalculate statistics to the preparation done last week.
After that, things get complicated. Read More
A popular refrain surrounding Jeff Tedford’s firing last week is that he was a victim of his own success. He raised the bar so high in his first five seasons at Cal it created unrealistic expectations amongst the fan base. Read More
At the beginning of August, the story of how Josh Nunes ascended to Stanford’s starting quarterback job seemed to be something out of a Hollywood movie: His father spontaneously bought him a Cardinal cap at 8 years old, he fell in love with the team and developed into a sought-after recruit who spurned schools across the country for a chance to live out his dream.
This season’s script took another twist. Read More
The day David Shaw became Stanford’s coach almost two years ago, he said he never wanted to interview for another football job again. He walked out of his first news conference and up to his new office, where he spent about 90 minutes reflecting with his father, Willie Shaw, who had lost out on the same position to Bill Walsh two decades prior.
“There was a tear or two shed in there,” Willie Shaw said. Read More
It’s probably too late, but Jim Harbaugh might want some advice on how to manage a quarterback controversy from his old friend David Shaw.
The Stanford football coach is facing the unenviable task of replacing Andrew Luck this season and so far he’s managed his own dilemma with minimal drama. Read More
Not since their opening round win in the Puerto Rico Shootout a dozen years ago, has the Stanford men’s basketball team won a game on Thanksgiving Day. They handled Old Dominion 84-60 that day.
And today, the Cardinal return to the Caribbean. But No. 13 Missouri isn’t Old Dominion. Read More
The “what have you done for me lately” group got its way Tuesday, with the firing of Cal football coach Jeff Tedford. I think that is a big mistake.
Cal has had only brief moments as a football power since the end of World War II. The consistent football powers are schools which apply only the breathing test for admission — if they can breathe, they’re in — and don’t expect them to do anything academically once they get in. Read More