Now in his third season as head coach at Stanford, with three consecutive BCS bowl bids and back-to-back Pac-12 titles, coach David Shaw has gotten used to hearing the speculation linking him to just about every job opening out there save for the Tallahassee Warthogs.
Shaw told the Associated Press (h/t CBSSports.com) that it’s just part of the landscape now.
“No matter what I say, the rumors aren’t going to stop,” Shaw said. “It doesn’t bother me. Every good football program in the last 15 years, after two good years, the head coach is going to be rumored to go someplace else. I take it as a compliment.”
Shaw was an assistant coach for three different NFL teams—the Eagles, Raiders and Ravens—before joining Jim Harbaugh’s staff at the University of San Diego in 2006. When Harbaugh took the Stanford job in 2007, Shaw followed and was eventually named offensive coordinator.
He was named head coach when Harbaugh left to take over the San Francisco 49ers in January 2011 and the Cardinal is 34-6 heading into their Jan. 1 Rose Bowl matchup with Michigan State.
Shaw agreed to a long-term contract extension after last season, the details of which were never released. The Stanford alum doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to yield to the temptation of either NFL riches or a more prestigious college program.
In an era where “loyalty” is viewed as more of a punch line than a concept, it’s a refreshing change.