With the 2013 season over, the coaching carousel has started to spin as programs across the country search for their next head coach. Already we have seen the USC Trojans pluck Steve Sarkisian away from the Washington Huskies who turned around and lured Chris Petersen from the Boise State Broncos. However, the big job waiting to be filled is in Austin with the Texas Longhorns after Mack Brown announced his resignation following the bowl game. Texas is expected to go after some big names, including David Shaw of the Stanford Cardinal, but the third-year Stanford leader won’t be going anywhere.
It isn’t hard to understand why Shaw is a hot name for coaching opportunities. Shaw has taken the foundation set up by San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh to new heights, getting the Cardinal to three straight BCS bowls, including back-to-back Rose Bowl berths as champions of the Pac-12. He is 34-6 as a head coach of the Cardinal and won Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors in each of his first two seasons at the helm. He is a strong leader of the program who can build strong relationships with his players and be a face for the program on the national landscape.
That’s why programs like Texas will come calling as well as the NFL this offseason when teams find themselves with an opening. Shaw has proven that he is a big-time coach and his ties to the NFL from his years as an assistant coach and his success running a pro-style offense makes him a very hot commodity for teams with money to throw at a new head coach. The success of Harbaugh in San Francisco has only made Shaw a more desirable target for job openings at the next level.
But to all those who come to Palo Alto looking to lure Shaw away, the Stanford coach has a simple message: no chance. When he took the head coaching job with the Cardinal, Shaw said he never wanted to interview for another job and reiterated that sentiment this week when asked about a possible move to the NFL. Last year, the speculation bothered Shaw but this time around, he recognizes that it just means that he’s doing something right with the Cardinal. Now, he takes it as a compliment.
That doesn’t mean that Shaw is tempted, however. Stanford is where Shaw grew up with his dad working at the school as an assistant coach. It’s where he went to school and graduated from and where he got his first opportunity to be a head coach. Shaw is a man who is happy where he is at right now, finding a comfort level in a place that feels like home and an environment that he has said he wants his young kids to grow up in.
In short, David Shaw isn’t going anywhere for a very long time if he has anything to say about it. So as the coaching carousel picks up steam this offseason, don’t expect Shaw to get caught up and chase a change of scenery.