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Stanford football director immediately resigns after Saturday's loss

David Shaw led the Cardinal to victory in 96 out of 150 games in 12 seasons
David Shaw, Stanford Cardinal's director of football, has resigned immediately after a Nov. 26 loss to Brigham Young University. In this photo, he celebrated the team's Rose Bowl Game will against Wisconsin on Jan. 1, 2013.

Stanford University's winningest head coach and director of football, David Shaw, has resigned effective immediately, following the team's Saturday 35-26 loss to Brigham Young University, the university announced on Sunday.

Shaw, a former Stanford football student-athlete, who as coach led the Cardinal to the most victories in program history, had a win-loss record of 96-54. He received the 2017 Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year award, and led Stanford to three Pac-12 titles and two Rose Bowl victories in 12 seasons, the university said.

"After many prayers and multiple discussions with my wife, one phrase keeps coming to me – it's time. There are not sufficient words to describe the love and gratitude I feel for my family, all of my former and current players, my staff, this administration and the entire Stanford family. Thank you all," Shaw said,

A national search for his successor will begin immediately, the university said.

Bernard Muir, director of athletics, praised Shaw on Sunday in the press statement.

"I would like to thank David for his immense contributions to Stanford. David has represented Stanford football, as both a player and a coach, with unwavering grace, humility and integrity. He has cared tremendously for each and every student-athlete in his program while helping them pursue their full academic and athletic potential. David will forever remain a valued member of the Stanford football family and an integral part of the storied history of the program. I hope Cardinal fans everywhere will join me in thanking David and his family for their extraordinary years of service and wishing them all the best in their next chapter," Muir said.

Shaw guided the Cardinal to three Rose Bowl Game appearances. He is the only four-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year, leading Stanford to three conference titles. His 96 overall wins rank ninth in Pac-12 history; his 65 conference victories rank fifth. Stanford achieved 29 wins against top-25 opponents, ranking eighth nationally since 2011. Eleven of those games were against top-10 programs and five were against top-five foes. Under Shaw, Stanford had 43 players drafted, a total ranking tied for 13th nationally and tied for the most in the Pac-12, the university said.

Stanford's football athletes also led academically, having the nation's leading 15 Academic All-Americans since 2010, five more than any other program and 10 more than any Pac-12 school in that span, including Andrew Luck and Christian McCaffrey as Academic All-Americans of the Year, the university said.

A news conference is planned for Monday.


About the Author: Sue Dremann

Sue Dremann is a veteran journalist who joined the Palo Alto Weekly in 2001. She is a breaking news and general assignment reporter who also covers the regional environmental, health and crime beats.
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