Stanford coach David Shaw is no longer bothered by speculation that he might leave for the NFL or another coaching job. Now, "it's just a testament to being a really good college football program."
Shaw has been mentioned near or at the top of several target lists for coaching jobs in the last two years, but Stanford's coach has taken a new approach to the attention.
In fact, he said Monday that reported interest from the NFL is "very flattering."
"No matter what I say, the rumors aren't going to stop," Shaw said via the AP. "It doesn't bother me. Every good football program in the last 15 years, after two good years, the head coach is going to be rumored to go someplace else. I take it as a compliment."
Shaw was an assistant in the NFL for Philadelphia, Oakland and Baltimore before joining Jim Harbaugh at the University of San Diego. When Harbaugh took the job at Stanford in 2007, Shaw followed and was eventually promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach in January 2011 when Harbaugh left for the San Francisco 49ers.
Since then, Shaw has led Stanford to a 34-6 record with three straight BCS bowl appearances and two straight Pac-12 titles. He was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year in each of his first two seasons, and has the opportunity to clinch back-to-back Rose Bowl wins against Michigan on Jan. 1.
Stanford and Shaw agreed to a "long-term contract extension" after the 2012 season, but the details of the agreement have not been released or discussed. However, the popular opinion is that Shaw wants to win titles with the Cardinal and he may be one of those rare coaches who means it when he throws around the term, "dream job."
"I think when he says to the media that he's found his dream job, he's one of the coaches that I truly believe what he's saying," Reynolds said. "It's his alma mater. His dad [Willie Shaw] coached here. He's been around this environment for so long. He knows what he's getting and I think he's definitely in a spot where he feels comfortable for him and his family."
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