Luck 'very excited' for new Stanford coach Shaw

Luck 'very excited' for new Stanford coach Shaw

Jan. 13, 2010STANFORD PAGE

Stanford announced Thursday the hiring of new football head coach David Shaw. Below is a collection of quotations offered from choice Stanford individuals.
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John HennessyStanford University President
"David Shawhas been a large part of the Stanford football program's success overthe past four years, and he has all of the experience and qualities tocontinue the momentum into the future. He is a Stanford graduate and along-time member of our Stanford family who has personally been part ofour scholar-athlete tradition. He understands our values. He also has awealth of experience outside of the university, and broad respect amongboth those in his profession and on campus. I am excited about theprospects for Stanford football under his leadership."Bob Bowlsby
Stanford Athletics Director"David Shawis exactly the right person to lead our football program at this time.David has the experience, intellect, coaching skills and organizationalabilities to be a tremendous head coach. He understands and embracesthe combination of world class academics and world class athletics thatis required at Stanford."David has made a substantialcontribution to the recent success of our program and our team hasgreat confidence in him. I could not be more excited to work with Davidand to assist him and his staff in leading our football program to highachievement in the years ahead.Andrew Luck
Heisman Runner-up and Stanford RS Sophmore Quarterback
"Veryexcited. He's a Stanford man. I've known that since he was recruitingme coming out of high school. He has a deep, abiding love and respectfor Stanford. You can really tell that. He's going to do a wonderfuljob with this program and the players are behind him 100 percent.""Iwouldn't say there was one more favored candidate than another. We all had greatrelationships with all the coaches. Obviously, I think any one of thethree would have been great for the players, but Shaw is the one.""He'sdefinitely a lot different than Coach Harbaugh in a lot of aspects. Idon't think it's necessarily a bad thing. We'll have to wait and seewhat motivation is like from the head coach and how the recruiting is.I have a lot of faith that it will be successful and good. It's justdifferent personalities and people go about things differently. Iwouldn't say there's one right way to do it."Iknow, speaking on behalf of the players, we definitely appreciate Mr.Bowlsby opening up his office and his ears up to us. I don't know howmuch of a difference we made. We're still young college students.""Ithink we knew he would listen to us but we also knew at the end of theday he would have to make a decision what's best for Stanford, notwhat's best for the seniors now but what's best for Stanford in thecoming years.""It'snice not having to learn a new playbook, to be able to hit spring ballrunning like you were just on the field in the bowl game. I think thatdefinitely helps in terms of making a smooth transition.""Isaw him all the time. I don't know the inner workings of the wholebrain trust that was up in the coaches' office but Coach Shaw hasalways been a great coach since I've been here. He's always had a bighand in the offense."Ryan WhalenStanford Senior Wide Receiver
I have had the privilege to play for Coach Shaw for four years, andI'm very excited about the hire. Not only is he a great coach, but alsoa great man. He has a great future leading the Cardinal.
Shayne Skov
Stanford Sophmore LinebackerCoach Shaw has been a coach guys have looked up to since I've beenhere. He is not only a great coach but somebody that allows the programto hit the ground running for next season.
Owen Marecic
Hornung Award Winner and Stanford Senior LinebackerFullbackCoach Shaw is a great football coach and a man of great character.Undoubtedly, he will lead the team to great accomplishments on and offthe field.

Instant Replay: Warriors' offense hits on all cylinders in win over Suns

Instant Replay: Warriors' offense hits on all cylinders in win over Suns

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND – Scorching the nets with a season-best 62.8-percent shooting, the Warriors rolled to a 138-109 rout of the Phoenix Suns before a sellout crowd Saturday night at Oracle Arena.

Five Warriors scored in double figures, led by Stephen Curry with 31 points. Klay Thompson poured in 26 points, Kevin Durant had 20, while David West and JaVale McGee came off the bench for 11 each, season highs for both.

Forwards Draymond Green and Durant had quietly monstrous games. Green put up nine points, a game-high 13 assists, five rebounds and three steals. In addition to his scoring, Durant also submitted eight assists, four rebounds and three blocks.

The Warriors (17-3) recorded 37 assists, the 14th time they have reached at least 30. No other team has done it more than four times.

Guards Eric Bledsoe (27 points) and Devin Booker (21) combined for 48 points to lead Phoenix (6-14) scorers.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

This night belonged to many Warriors, but mostly to Curry and Thompson.

Curry’s line: 31 points (10-of-15 from the field, including 5-of-7 from deep, 6-of-6 from the line), two rebounds, two assists and a steal. He played 30 minutes and finished plus-15.

Thompson’s line: 26 points (10-of-17, 6-of-7), five rebounds, three assists and two steals. He played 34 minutes and was plus-24.

TURNING POINT

When the Suns took a 26-25 lead on an Alex Len dunk with 2:57 left in the first quarter, the Warriors responded with a 25-4 run that yielded a 48-30 lead with 9:25 remaining the second quarter.

When Phoenix battled back, getting as close as eight (68-60) early in the second half, the Warriors recovered with a 15-4 run to go up 19 (83-64) with 7:07 left in the third quarter.

The Suns drew no closer than 20 in the fourth quarter.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: No injuries listed. C Anderson Varejao was a healthy inactive. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the D-League.

Suns: F T.J. Warren (head injury) was listed as out. F Derrick Jones Jr. is on assignment with Northern Arizona of the D-League.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors return to action Monday night, when they face the Indiana Pacers at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:40.

Warriors pledge $50,000 for Oakland fire victims: 'We're all devastated'

Warriors pledge $50,000 for Oakland fire victims: 'We're all devastated'

OAKLAND – Warriors coach Steve Kerr walked into his pregame news conference Saturday afternoon, and before a question could be asked, reached out to the victims and families affected by the deadly Oakland fire.

“I want to start out today and offer our condolences to the victims of the Oakland fire,” Kerr said. “It’s just a devastating tragedy right here in the East Bay. It’s hard to comprehend. As an organization, we want to send our thoughts and prayers to the victims, their families, their friends and people who were injured.

“I don’t know if it means a whole lot – I should say I know it can’t cure the pain – but we’re thinking of you and the whole organization, the team and everybody here at Oracle tonight, when we have a moment of silence. We’re all with you out there, and we’re all devastated today.”

The fire occurred in a warehouse in the Fruitvale district, a couple miles from Oracle Arena. Early reports indicated at least nine fatalities, with as many as several dozen more still possible.

The Warriors not only had a moment of silence before the game against the Phoenix Suns, but also pledged a donation of $50,000 to support those affected by the fire.

“When a tragedy of this magnitude hits this close to home, we feel it’s imperative to do our small part to help our community and those impacted,” said team president and COO Rick Welts. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and friends during this incredibly difficult time.”