David Shaw guided Stanford football to 96 victories, including five bowl games and a Rose Bowl win, and ended his tenure with the Cardinal on Sunday.
Shaw stepped down as head coach following the team’s 36-25 loss to BYU. The loss meant another 3-9 season for Stanford and the third losing season in four years. Stanford went 4-2 in six games during the pandemic-affected 2020 season.
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He said that his decision was made in the last few days.
“A week ago, 10 days ago, I was excited to be the person to take us there, and in the last few days I realized it was time,” Shaw said. “It was time for me to step aside, time for the next group to come in, and hopefully whoever they sign wins more games than me. That would be awesome.”
Shaw replaced Jim Harbaugh before the 2011 season. Harbaugh sent Stanford to the NFL. He oversaw Andrew Luck’s final season with Stanford and Kevin Hogan’s entire college career.
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“There are a lot of people who think this program is down. That’s what our record says,” Shaw said. “But I look at the components. I look at the people here, the support I hear coming from our athletic director, from our college president, the people behind the scenes. We’re not that far off.”
He ends his career with a 96-54 record. He is the winningest football coach in Stanford history.
He said he has no plans to look for other coaching jobs.
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“I’m not burned by any stretch of the imagination,” he said. “I’m healthy and I feel good. But at the same time, 16 years is a long time: 12 as a head coach, 16 here. I’m very proud of our accomplishments, very proud of our student-athletes, very proud of the guys who have gone and done other things in the NFL and outside of the NFL in different walks of life. But like I said, the phrase kept coming back to me that gave me peace, which was: ‘It’s time. ‘”
Associated Press contributed to this report.