David Shaw has a message for anybody who believes he’s going to leave Stanford for the NFL after this season: no chance.
The Cardinal football coach said Monday night that the growing mention of his name for NFL jobs is “very flattering.”
He said he was bothered by the speculation last year but now “it’s just a testament to being a really good college football program.”
“No matter what I say, the rumors aren’t going to stop,” Shaw said.
Shaw was promoted from offensive coordinator after Jim Harbaugh left for the San Francisco 49ers in January 2011. He has led Stanford to a 34-6 record in three seasons, going to three straight BCS bowls.
The fifth-ranked Cardinal (11-2) will go for their second straight Rose Bowl victory against No. 4 Michigan State (12-1) on Jan. 1.
Malzahn fine at Auburn
Gus Malzahn claims he isn’t a candidate for the open position at Texas.
“I’m a good fit for the Auburn Tigers,” he said following the team’s practice, the Tigers’ first as they prepare for the BCS National Championship game on Jan. 6. “That’s why I signed the contract the day before the SEC championship.”
Malzahn agreed to a new, six-year deal Dec. 6, which is set to pay him $3.8 million per year starting next season.
After winning the Home Depot Coach of the Year Award last week, Malzahn added the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award on Monday.
Title-game venues filled
Glendale, Ariz., will host the College Football Playoff championship in 2016 and Tampa, Fla., will be the site of the 2017 title game.
The first championship game will played Jan. 12, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
“This was not an easy decision,” said Bill Hancock, executive director of the playoff.