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Stanford Cardinal Football Coaching Watch: Chris Petersen Targeted

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The Stanford Cardinal have suddenly realized how important a successful football team can be to their team. Although the departure of Jim Harbaugh and return of Andrew Luck probably generated more interest from fans than the actual run of success and an incredible 12-1 2011 campaign, the Cardinal will probably go strong at hiring a candidate who will try and sustain the level of success Harbaugh plateaued the football program at this season.

Here are the candidates currently being circulated:

Chris Petersen: Current head coach at Boise State, he's led the Broncos to two BCS victories in the Fiesta Bowl (both undefeated seasons) and a 61-5 record in five seasons. Petersen is the only current FBS coach being considered for the job.

David Shaw: Cardinal offensive coordinator under Harbaugh for four seasons, the Stanford offense has soared to second best in the conference behind only Pac-10 champions Oregon. Shaw was the wide receivers coach the first three seasons and helped develop Ryan Whalen, then was the running backs coach this year and managed an impressive five back rotation featuring Stepfan Taylor, Anthony Wilkerson, Tyler Gaffney, Jeremy Stewart,  and Usua Amanam to complement Luck and the passing game.

Greg Roman: Roman is primarily known for developing the impressive Cardinal cadre of tight ends the past two seasons, including Coby Fleener, Konrad Reuland and Zach Ertz. He also works with the offensive tackles, a group that has given up a total of FOURTEEN SACKS the past two seasons.

Vic Fangio: The Cardinal defensive coordinator has had 24 years of coaching experience in the NFL, and immediately revamped a mediocre Stanford defense (particularly with regards with the pass) to become one of the better squads in the conference. The Cardinal racked up 36 sacks and were an upper tier run and pass defense squad behind Fangio's 3-4 scheme.

This is your official storystream to follow any new updates on the coaching search down in Palo Alto. For more coverage on the team, head over to Rule of Tree.