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"My family and I would like to thank athletic director Bernard Muir for being very proactive throughout this process," Shaw said. "I am looking forward to seeing our athletic department continue to grow under his leadership.
"I feel blessed to work every day with an outstanding staff and coach the best group of young men in America, and I am excited to lead the Stanford football program for many years to come."
Whatever the terms of the deal, it's understandable why Stanford would want to keep Shaw in Palo Alto for as long as possible. After Jim Harbaugh left for the NFL, there were questions about whether Stanford would maintain its success under Shaw. The Cardinal responded by going 11-2 in Shaw's first season and going to the Fiesta Bowl. This season the question was how would the team perform with Andrew Luck leaving for the NFL, and Stanford again responded with an 11-2 record, a Pac-12 title -- and a trip to the Rose Bowl.
So Shaw has answered those questions with a 22-4 record and two BCS bowls in his first two seasons. It doesn't look like Stanford will be fading from the national picture any time soon.