Stanford coach David Shaw resigns after Cardinal finishes 3-9

STANFORD, Calif. — Stanford coach David Shaw has resigned after ending his 12th season at his alma mater with a 36-25 loss to BYU that dropped the Cardinal to 3-9.

Shaw, 50, led Stanford to five double-digit winning seasons, with three Pac-12 titles and Rose Bowl appearances in his first six years as head coach. He finished with more wins than any coach in program history with a 96-54 record and was considered one of the most respected coaches in the country.

Shaw arrived unusually late for his post-match press conference and said his decision had only come in recent days.

“A week ago, 10 days ago, I couldn’t wait to be the person to lead us there, and over the past few days I’ve realized it’s time,” Shaw said. . “It was time for me to step down, time for the next group to come in, and hopefully whoever they hire next wins more games than me. That would be great.”

The drop in recent years has been drastic. The Cardinal is 14-28 over the past four seasons as the program has struggled to keep pace with a rapidly changing college football landscape, with players transferring more freely and earning money for their name, image and likeness.

Stanford is 3-16 in the Pac-12 over the past two seasons, including back-to-back losses to rival California.

“There are a lot of people who think this program is broken. That’s what our record says,” Shaw said. “But I look at the components. I watch the people here, the support I hear from our athletic director, our college president, the people behind the scenes. We are not that far.

Shaw, a California native who played catcher for Stanford in the early 1990s, replaced Jim Harbaugh as head coach in 2011. He had been offensive coordinator for Harbaugh from 2007-10.

Shaw spent nine seasons as an NFL assistant before joining Harbaugh’s staff at the University of San Diego and then following him to Stanford.

“David represented Stanford football, both as a player and a coach, with unwavering grace, humility and integrity,” said athletic director Bernard Muir. “He cared immensely for every student-athlete in his program, while helping them to pursue their full academic and athletic potential. David will forever remain a valued member of the Stanford football family and an integral part of the program’s rich history.

Shaw was part of a remarkable program turnaround under Harbaugh, and then under his leadership, Stanford became the first Pac-12 program with a physical style dubbed intellectual brutality.

As the program declined, Shaw remained loyal to his assistant coaches. The staff has seen little change of late, with Shaw repeatedly saying he believes the dismissal of assistants puts the blame for the team’s failures on himself onto others.

Stanford is a private school that doesn’t disclose contract terms with its coaches, so it’s unclear how many years Shaw had left on his contract.

He said he had no intention of pursuing another job.

“I am not exhausted by any stretch of the imagination,” he said. “I am in good health and I feel good. But at the same time, 16 years is a long time – 12 as a head coach, 16 here. I’m so proud of our accomplishments, so proud of our student-athletes, so proud of the guys who have gone on and done other things in the NFL and outside of the NFL in different walks of life. But as I said, the phrase kept coming back to me that gave me peace, which is “it’s time”.

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