Stanford Cardinal head coach David Shaw has done an incredible job continuing the success that the program had under Andrew Luck and Jim Harbaugh, and he’s taken things to the next level with the likes of Kevin Hogan and Shayne Skov. Shaw’s success at Stanford has led him to be an intriguing head coaching candidate for NFL teams, but it sounds like it would be a shock for Shaw to pull the trigger and make the jump.
He’s already stated that he has no interest in leaving Stanford and joining the NFL ranks, and he reiterated this desire yesterday. According to Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel, he said, “I have no desire to pursue another job.”
Shaw genuinely loves his situation at Stanford, and why shouldn’t he? He doesn’t have to worry about the stress that comes with the NFL, and he has total freedom at Stanford. He’s one of the best coaches in college football, and he’s at one of the best programs in the nation. He’s building something truly special with the Cardinal, because they are consistently fighting for national championships bids and attracting high-end recruits.
Also, Shaw’s continued commitment to Stanford in statements will only help the Cardinal’s ability to attract top talent to Palo Alto, and it’s definitely not a surprise to hear that Shaw would like to stay and is much more comfortable with sticking around with the Cardinal instead of making the jump to the NFL. The overtures from pro teams looking to fill head coaching vacancies will only increase, but I would be surprised if Shaw succumbed to the calls.