David Shaw was a popular man on Tuesday night after Stanford's Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. For ESPN sideline reporter Heather Cox, he was far too popular.
On New Year's Day, the Stanford Cardinal battered a one-trick pony in Wisconsin all over the Rose Bowl. At the end of what was, at times, a hotly-contested game, head coach David Shaw was all smiles.
When the game ended, it was time for the obligatory interview (h/t SportsGrid) with the winning coach. You knew it, I knew it. Pretty much anyone who has ever watched or been associated with a marquee college football matchup knew this.
Nobody told the Rose Bowl official who was trying to win an accommodation at his job.
Apparently, nobody told him Shaw was obliged to give an interview with the network covering the game, because he tries his best to get Shaw away from ESPN reporter Heather Cox, like she was some annoying paparazzi.
The hero who really, really wants Shaw to follow him is then blasted by Cox with a frustrated and well-warranted, "Are you kidding me?"
No, he is not kidding you. The man was told to take care of Shaw and he is trying to win Rose Bowl official of the century, an award I no doubt believe he thinks exists. He does everything short of jumping on Shaw to shield him from Cox.
If you ever run across a head coach of a big program giving an interview to some lady with a microphone emblazoned with the letters E-S-P-N on the front, just let it happen.
They are doing something fairly important at the time.
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