Stanford coach David Shaw resigned after the season-ending loss to BYU

Stanford coach David Shaw resigned after the season-ending loss to BYU

David Shaw resigned as Stanford coach after the team’s season-ending loss to BYU on Saturday night. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)

Then Stanford coach David Shaw resigned The Cardinal lost to BYU 35-26 Saturday night.

The loss drops Stanford to 3-9 in 2022.

“After much prayer and multiple discussions with my wife, one phrase kept coming to me — it’s time,” Shaw said in a Stanford statement. “There are not enough words to describe the love and gratitude I feel for my family, all of my former and current players, my staff, this administration and the entire Stanford family. Thank you all.”

Stanford has gone 3-9 in each of the last two seasons. Outside of a 4-2 campaign in the Covid-shortened 2020 season, Stanford hasn’t had a winning season since going 9-4 in 2018.

“I want to thank David for his outstanding contributions to Stanford,” Stanford athletic director Bernard Muir said in a statement. “David represented Stanford football, both as a player and a coach, with unwavering grace, humility and integrity. He cared deeply for every student-athlete in his program and helped them pursue their full academic and athletic potential. David will forever be at Stanford. A valued member of the football family and an integral part of the program’s storied history.”

Stanford said Shaw and Muir will discuss the decision at a news conference Monday.

Shaw, 50, is one of college football’s longest-tenured coaches. He replaced Jim Harbaugh after the 2010 season and immediately continued Harbaugh’s success with the team. Stanford won at least 10 games in five of Shaw’s six seasons and won three Rose Bowls and one Fiesta Bowl during that time.

But Stanford hasn’t won 10 games in a season since 2016 or been to a bowl game since 2018 as the program has slowly slipped to the bottom of the Pac-12.

Can Stanford be one of the Pac-12’s top teams again with a new coach? It’s a fair question given the current climate of college football. Stanford’s success with Shaw and Harbaugh was before players were able to transfer more freely and graduate transfers became more common. The easiest way to rebuild a Power Five program is by transferring, and Stanford famously has one of the lowest acceptance rates in the country.

Before joining Harbaugh at Stanford in 2007 and serving as the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator for four seasons, Shaw worked for him in San Diego in 2006 and was an assistant with three NFL teams before starting his college football career. With Shaw being coached, it’s easy to see him doing television work in the future. He has been a regular presence during NFL Network’s NFL Draft coverage for the past decade.

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