David Shaw has been no stranger to having his name bandied about in rumors linking the Stanford head coach to openings in the NFL, but the Cardinal head coach isn’t thinking about leaving Palo Alto any time soon.
David Shaw: “I’ve lived the NFL life. It’s not my goal to get to the NFL. I don’t answer the calls.”
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 24, 2014
David Shaw on NFL rumors every offseason: “I have the best job, pro or college, in the country.”
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) July 24, 2014
Shaw was speaking at Pac-12 Media Days when he was asked about his future and if he could return to the NFL coaching ranks where he was an offensive assistant with three different teams from 1997-2005.
He has been at Stanford since the 2007 season and the head coach since 2011 and has continued to build the program after Jim Harbaugh returned to the NFL and took the head coaching job with the San Francisco 49ers and promptly advanced to three NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl berth.
It makes for a fair question to ask Shaw if the NFL still intrigues him, but after a 34-7 record, two Pac-12 championships, two Pac-12 Coach of the Year Awards and three BCS bowl appearances, it will be awful hard to walk away like his predecessor did for the greener pastures of the NFL.
Despite Shaw’s insisting he is not fielding calls from the NFL and his goal is not to get back to the NFL, the questions will continue to be asked and the rumors will continue to swirl, especially with the success of former college coaches like Harbaugh, Pete Carroll and Chip Kelly who all enjoyed success in the Pac-12 before embarking on an NFL career.