Stanford used to be good, but what happened to David Shaw’s Cardinal program?
It was not that long ago when people looked at Stanford as the shining beacon of hope for proud academic institutions that field high-quality football teams. David Shaw initially did a great job taking over his alma mater’s program for Jim Harbaugh, but the Cardinal are completely listless in the Pac-12. If the university cared about football, Shaw would be toast by the end of the season.
While Shaw may not be feeling the heat that he should, Stanford has been passed by other proud academic institutions on the football field. Although these handful of teams are all essentially recruiting the same high-achievement players, Stanford has shown it can get to a place on the football field most teams in their situation not named Notre Dame can get to. It is getting worse.
Stanford is not likely going bowling this season, but that might not force Shaw out of his position.
Neal Brown may get whacked if West Virginia finishes dead last in the Big 12
After losing another conference game, we have to wonder if this is the end of the line for Neal Brown in Morgantown. While Kansas has proven to be a wagon under Lance Leipold, West Virginia suffered its third loss of the season vs. Texas in Week 5. Because the Mountaineers lost the Backyard Brawl at Pitt, they have to win four games in Big 12 game to even get to 6-6 this year.
As painful as it sounds, West Virginia is now arguably the worst team in the Big 12. Kansas is way better now. While Iowa State may be on the downswing, the Cyclones will probably beat the ‘Eers head-to-head. With Texas Tech trending up under Joey McGuire, it seems like an impossibility for West Virginia to bring Brown back for another season if West Virginia finishes in dead last in 2022.
For WVU to be humming, they need a firecracker leading them, and Brown is 100 percent not that.