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
Wisconsin is in the Rose Bowl for the third straight year. This time, the Badgers are bringing a familiar face with them on the sideline.
Athletic director Barry Alvarez, who won three Rose Bowls during his coaching career in Madison, Wis., is handling coaching duties for the 99th Rose Bowl on Tuesday following the departure of Bret Bielema for Arkansas. 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
The diagram David Shaw has for the future of Stanford football is on a simple sheet of paper resting on the coach’s desk.
The itinerary for this week: Wednesday at Palo Alto High School. Thursday in Ohio. Friday in New Jersey and Saturday at the Virginia state championship game. On Tuesday, assistants hit Northern California, Southern California, Houston, Louisiana and Ohio. Three of those coaches traveled to different places Wednesday. 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
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
Stanford already had the impressive national ranking and remarkable home winning streak — and, now, the No. 1 spot in the poll puts even more attention and pressure on the program.
Chiney Ogwumike had 16 points and 11 rebounds and the top-ranked Cardinal beat Long Beach State 77-41 on Sunday in their first game holding the top place in women’s basketball in nearly eight years. Read More
Oct. 13, 2011 was a night to forget for Cal quarterback Zach Maynard. He threw three interceptions and fumbled once en route to a 30-9 loss against Southern Cal.
But Maynard will get a chance for a do-over when the Bears (1-2) square off against the No. 13 Trojans (2-1) at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Saturday at 3 p.m. Read More
The experts have Stanford — which haven’t lost to Southern Cal in three years — pinned as the underdog for Saturday’s matchup in Palo Alto.
But David Shaw heeds none of that.
“We play well — we get a chance to win. We don’t play well — we get a chance to lose,” Stanford’s second-year coach said. “I never go into a game thinking of being an underdog.” Read More
Despite the loss of a quarterback who was the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft and responsible for much of the Cardinal’s success the past two seasons, Stanford enters its season-opener Friday against San Jose State ranked in the preseason top 25. Read More