David Shaw, longtime head football coach at Stanford, resigned Saturday night following a 35-26 loss at home to BYU. From 2010 until 2022 Shaw would lead the Cardinals to an impressive record of 96-54, three Rose Bowls, and three consecutive conference titles.
— Stanford Football (@StanfordFball) November 27, 2022
Shaw, the four-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year, had seen his Stanford team struggle the last four seasons going a combined 14-28 since 2019, including back-to-back 3-9 seasons. He would win 96 games and 65 in the conference, ranking him fifth in the Pac-12. Additionally, the Cardinals would send 43 players to the NFL.
Citing it was not a case of coaching burnout, his tenure in one of the premier college football programs in the country is a grind that takes its toll. Shaw was loyal to his alma mater, despite rigorous academic standards. But in a conference that is in transition, it was time to exit and refresh. Possibly getting another job in either college or the NFL is still within reach.
David Shaw won and won big at a school that makes it harder than most. Stanford is a tremendous academic school who managed to breakout and explode into the college football scene. At one point, during the height of his career in Palo Alto, Shaw had his pick of jobs at the college and NFL level. He didn’t take the money, choosing to stay and see it through.