College football: Time to start thinking of Stanford as a destination job?

by Berry Tramel Published: December 31, 2013

Stanford is in the Rose Bowl on Wednesday against Michigan State. No surprise there. The Cardinal has become a BCS staple.

This is Stanford's fourth straight BCS appearance. Orange against Virginia Tech in 2010, Fiesta against OSU in 2011, Rose against Wisconsin in 2012.

Only four other schools have made the BCS in four straight years: Miami 2000-03, Southern Cal 2002-08, Ohio State 2005-10 and Oregon 2009-12.

How rare is Stanford's feat? Putting the old major bowls on the same pedestal as the current BCS, OU's done it twice in history – 1977-80 and 1984-87. Alabama hasn't done it since 1977-81. Michigan hasn't done it since 1975-78. Penn State since 1971-75. Texas since 1968-73.

So maybe it's time we started thinking of Stanford as a destination job instead of wondering where David Shaw might land.

“I have no desire to pursue another job,” Shaw said at a Rose Bowl press conference.

Shaw gives a long list of reasons for staying. He played at Stanford. His family loves the Bay Area. His parents live nearby. His former boss, current Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby and former Stanford athletic director, told me several months ago Shaw was not likely to leave.

Shaw said all the talk about the NFL or Texas is “unbelievably flattering. I think it's really cool. I think honestly it continues to shed light on our program, so I don't mind that it keeps happening.

“It keeps eyes turning toward Stanford. I told our players, to be honest, it's a testament to what they've accomplished, it's a testament to what our seniors have helped build, to win consistently, win the right way, produce high-character young men and have a football game that's exciting to watch.”

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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