David Shaw will be sticking with Stanford football for the long term

Getty Images File PhotoDespite having to fill the big shoes of Jim Harbaugh

Any speculation David Shaw could be the latest Stanford football coach to jump to the NFL is over — at least for now.

Shaw agreed to a “long-term contract extension” Wednesday that will keep him with his alma mater beyond the two years left on his remaining deal. Terms of the contract, including the years, were not announced by the school.
New athletic director Bernard Muir said the “agreement provides added stability and reassurance that David will be at the helm to secure our football program’s long-term sustained success.”

“I feel blessed to work every day with an outstanding staff and coach the best group of young men in America,” Shaw said, “and I am excited to lead the Stanford football program for many years to come.”

Shaw has won back-to-back Pac-12 Conference Coach of the Year awards since taking over for Jim Harbaugh, who left for the 49ers after starting Stanford’s resurgence. The Cardinal finished 11-2 last season after a loss in the Fiesta Bowl and won the conference title this year for the first time since 1999.

No. 8 Stanford (11-2) will play in the Rose Bowl against Big Ten Conference winner Wisconsin (8-5) on Jan. 1.

The Cardinal have won at least 11 games each of the past three years. The program had won 10 games only three times before (1992, 1940 and 1926).

Stanford also is the only school to be in the top 10 of The Associated Press poll and U.S. News & World Report’s academic rankings the past three years, something Shaw and his coaches have used to separate themselves on the recruiting trail.

“David Shaw has led the football program to great success,” Stanford President John Hennessy said. “He embodies the goal we have for our scholar-athletes — success in the classroom and on the field. We are pleased that he will lead our football program for years to come.”

Shaw had been an assistant in the NFL for Philadelphia, the Raiders and Baltimore before joining Harbaugh as an assistant at the University of San Diego. He joined Harbaugh at Stanford in 2007.

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