As expected, the Stanford Cardinal have reportedly decided on former Harbaugh assistant coach and offensive coordinator David Shaw to be the next head coach of Stanford football. The move was expected by most and the inevitable has finally happened. Rule of Tree had a few comments about the hiring and will have plenty more in the coming days and weeks:
Shaw, a former wide receiver at Stanford, coached for one year under Harbaugh at the University of San Diego before following him to the Farm in 2007. Receiver Doug Baldwin told the Mercury News that Shaw was the players’ choice to replace Harbaugh, though Wilner has since stated that the players would have been happy with any of the three internal candidates.
This is the first of what should be several coaching dominos in the Bay Area. Now that Shaw is in place, Vic Fangio and Greg Roman are no longer candidates for that position. Roman has interviewed with the 49ers as a potential offensive coordinator candidate. Fangio is widely expected to end up as the 49ers defensive coordinator, but recently interviewed with the Cowboys for the same role.
Now that Shaw is in place, recruiting can move to the front-burner, even without the rest of the coaching staff in place. Jim Harbaugh is expected to pluck some of the coaching staff, but I’d imagine several will remain with the Cardinal. Head over to Rule of Tree for more information on this developing story.