Stanford Signs Head Football Coach David Shaw to Long-Term Extension

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IDecember 19, 2012

STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 30:  Stanford Cardinal head coach David Shaw holds up a rose after the Cardinal beat the UCLA Bruins  27-24 in the Pac-12 Championship game at Stanford Stadium on November 30, 2012 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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In the midst of so many college football programs welcoming new head coaches, Stanford has decided to hold on to its own for a lot longer. 

News of David Shaw's extension with the Cardinal comes from the school's official website:

Stanford's 10th President John Hennessy and Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics Bernard Muir announced today an agreement for the long-term contract extension of Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football David Shaw with Stanford Athletics and Stanford University.

"David Shaw has led the football program to great success," said Hennessy. "He embodies the goal we have for our scholar-athletes--success in the classroom and on the field. We are pleased that he will lead our football program for years to come."

The release makes no mention of the length or details of the extension, except for calling it a "long-term agreement."

Shaw's short tenure as head man for Stanford has been remarkable. 

After serving as an assistant coach from 2007 to 2010, the former Cardinal wide receiver took over the head-coaching position when Jim Harbaugh departed for the NFL.

It's never easy to replace a guy who completely turned around a program in a few years, but Shaw entered a good situation. The Cardinal won 12 games and the Orange Bowl in Harbaugh's last season, and most importantly, all-world quarterback Andrew Luck was returning. 

The Cardinal ended up finishing 11-2—albeit with a disappointing Fiesta Bowl loss—in Shaw's first year.

An incredible first season, but most people praised Luck. 

With the departed Luck doing his best Peyton Manning impersonation in 2012, expectations dropped significantly for the Cardinal. Stanford entered the season ranked just 21st, and not many pundits expected it to compete with Oregon in the Pac-12 North division. 

But Shaw led his hard-nosed, physical team to 11 wins, a huge win over the Ducks and an appearance in the Rose Bowl, completely outdoing what was expected of him. 

As long as David Shaw is in Palo Alto, the Cardinal will have a good chance to not only consistently contend in the Pac-12, but on a national stage as well.