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David shaw. I know Stanford is his alma mater and would be hard to pull away. The guy can coach. Stanford is a very physical football team like we need to be. Thoughts?
Great coach. No chance.
Wes mentioned it in one of his coaching updates. Would be a great hire but he is a Stanford alum and it would be next to impossible to lure him away from what I read.
I didn't know Wes had mentioned him. I know there's probably 0% of him coming just thought I would throw his name out there. I really like him as a coach
I'm fairley certain we can and will do worse than David Shaw. If Gruden does not happen and other A-listers opt to stay put then I'd think Shaw is one of the better remaining options.
As far as him being hard to lure because of his Stanford ties . . the ultimate proving ground for any coach is the SEC . . that would be a 'solid intangible'™ for him as would the substantial pay raise he would see.
Shaw should be in the conversation.
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Would love to get him, but he's probably the least likely of any of our long shots. He's got a really good program in a place where he is comfortable. Yes, money talks, but I think we would have to severely overpay what he is worth for him to leave his alma mater.
Plus, not every coach thinks that the SEC is where they have to go to prove themselves so that is not always as strong a selling point as we think. Some would rather be the best in their average conference and set themselves up to play for the national title than go through the grueling SEC. Can't blame them for that.
Shaw is not Cutcliffe looking to lock in for retirement. Based on his team you'd think he was the hungry and ready to pounce type. Plus, out there in that specific area folks don't care about football like we do (I lived in Palo Alto '96-99). A football guy who bounced around with his dad could feel at home real quick in Knoxville.
Regarding $$, we could probably offer him less money and make a more compelling financial picture.
Not saying this is the guy . . but he should be on our list.
Zero chance he ever leaves Stanford except for NFL if that
Just the feeling I get from him is that his dedication to Stanford is comparable to Fulmer and Tennessee or Joker and Kentucky, etc. This seems like his dream job.
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