The head coaching search for the Houston Texans will continue into the offseason but the names on their list keep getting crossed of involuntarily. From Jon Gruden staying at ESPN to Bill Cower likely doing the same, another name was crossed off this morning as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Stanford head coach David Shaw will remain at the school and will not bolt for an NFL job this offseason.
Shaw was high on not only the Texans list but the list of teams around the NFL according to the talking heads on various networks. But with his decision to stay in college and remain at Stanford, a wider hole has opened for other coaching candidates to now be considered.
Schefter’s doesn’t mention anything about a contract extension, which is usually the first reason a coach chooses to remain at school. So while the word on the street at the moment is that Shaw isn’t jumping to the NFL, it wouldn’t be the first time that circumstances changing at the NFL level alters the decision of a college head coach to stay at his school.
Shaw has a lot going for him at Stanford, who are ranked No. 5 in the nation and are headed to the Rose Bowl for the second straight year this January. But as we’ve learned with college coaches, we can’t believe their coming back until they are on the sidelines next season and there’s still a chance that the sideline Shaw is on next year is of the NFL variety.