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Stanford coach David Shaw says he isn’t headed for NFL
Coach David Shaw has a message for anybody who believes he is going to leave Stanford for the NFL after this season: no chance.
The Associated Press
STANFORD, Calif. – David Shaw has a message for anybody who believes he is going to leave Stanford for the NFL after this season: no chance.
The Cardinal coach said Monday night the growing mention of his name for NFL jobs is “very flattering.”
Shaw said he was bothered by the speculation last year but this year “it’s just a testament to being a really good college-football program.”
“No matter what I say, the rumors aren’t going to stop,” he said. “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 promoted from offensive coordinator after coach Jim Harbaugh left for the San Francisco 49ers in January 2011. While Harbaugh built the foundation for the program’s renaissance, Shaw has taken his alma mater to greater heights.
Shaw has guided Stanford to a 34-6 record in three seasons, going to three straight Bowl Championship Series games and winning the past two Pac-12 titles. The fifth-ranked Cardinal (11-2) will go for its second straight Rose Bowl victory when it faces No. 4 Michigan State (12-1) on Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif.
The day Shaw became Stanford’s coach, he said he never wanted to interview for another football job again. Asked if he still felt that way, Shaw said: “Absolutely.”
“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,” senior safety Ed Reynolds said. “It’s his alma mater. His dad (Willie Shaw) coached here (as an assistant). He’s been around this environment for so long.”
Shaw, 41, agreed to what the school termed a “long-term contract extension” after last season.
Oregon suspends cornerback Hill
EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon junior cornerback Troy Hill has been suspended indefinitely by the 10th-ranked Ducks after his arrest Friday.
Details about the arrest, first reported by Comcast SportsNet Northwest, were not immediately released by the Eugene Police Department. Hill entered a not-guilty plea to misdemeanor charges of menacing and criminal mischief. His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 21.
Hill played as a backup in 11 games this season, making 29 tackles.
Oregon (10-2) will play Texas (8-4) in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30 in San Antonio.
• Glendale, Ariz., will host the College Football Playoff championship on Jan. 11, 2016, and Tampa, Fla., will be the site of the 2017 title game.
As previously announced, the first championship game will played Jan. 12, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the NFL Dallas Cowboys.
• Troy defensive player Dimitri Miles, 21, was charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of Marquise McClendon, 26, at an apartment complex in Troy, Ala., on Sunday.
Authorities said Miles used a stolen gun, fired multiple shots and killed McClendon during an attempted burglary.
Miles’ bonds were set at $110,000 and school officials said his association with the team has been terminated. He had 23 tackles and an interception for Troy in 2011 and was ruled academically ineligible before the 2012 season.
Miles practiced as a member of the scout team this year, athletic director John Hartwell said.