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.

Curry bounces back in blowout, wins point guard battle with Irving

Curry bounces back in blowout, wins point guard battle with Irving

OAKLAND -- No one among the Warriors had a deeper desire to beat the Cavaliers than Stephen Curry, and his performance Monday gave every indication that he wanted it as badly as he needed it.

And after losing the point-guard battle to Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving in four successive games, all Warriors losses, it was past time for Curry as the back-to-back MVP to stand up and make a statement.

His response was impressive: 20 points (7-of-20 shooting), 11 assists, four steals and a 126-91 rout by the Warriors. He was plus-23 over 31 minutes.

“He was making shots, it’s as simple as that,” Irving said. “In transition, off pick-and-rolls, doing what he does and that makes him a great player.”

Irving’s response: 17 points (6-of-19 shooting), two assists and a game-high-tying (with teammate LeBron James) six turnovers. Irving was minus-12 over 29 minutes.

“Steph was great,” coach Steve Kerr said. “A phenomenal first half, I think he had 10 assists. His energy was great and he set the tone. He put a lot of pressure on the defense.”

Curry has been playing with renewed vigor lately, his mentality changing shortly after the Warriors on Christmas Day in Cleveland blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, taking a 109-108 loss. Curry took only 11 shots, scoring 15 points.

He was particularly good in the first half, scoring 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting, with 10 assists and three steals. Curry clearly came to destroy.

“It was a great way to start, just a foot on the gas pedal,” Curry said.

Curry’s game, along with the victory, may silence some of the narrative suggesting the Cavaliers have his number. Though he was displeased with one aspect of his game, Curry happily accepted the outcome. Or that Irving hadn't caught up to him.

“I obviously wanted to play well; I didn’t want to walk off the floor with anything more than what I think is a solid, aggressive game,” he said. “I didn’t shoot the ball as well as I wanted to. Some shots I normally make didn’t go down.

But I can live with that knowing I took care of the other stuff I was supposed to do on the floor. Really, what was all in my head was that I definitely wanted to leave this arena tonight with a solid performance and obviously get the win.”

Durant gets personal with stuffing of LeBron, stops any momentum for Cavs

Durant gets personal with stuffing of LeBron, stops any momentum for Cavs

OAKLAND -- There was a single play Monday night that delighted Warriors fans more than any other in a 126-91 win over the Cavaliers, and it was not any of five 3-point bombs dropped by Oracle Arena favorite Stephen Curry.

Nor was it the high-velocity collision between Draymond Green and LeBron James, which resulted in Green being assessed with a Flagrant Foul 1 and the Warriors cranking up their intensity to another level.

No, the most satisfying play of all was on defense, and it was made by offensive wizard Kevin Durant, who sent a resounding message to the Cavaliers and, moreover, to James, Cleveland’s superstar forward.

With 9:48 left in the third quarter and James driving in for a dunk, Durant responded by rising up and cleanly stuffing the shot, sending James sprawling helplessly to the floor as the Warriors gained possession and raced the other way.

“That block at the rim was definitely great,” Draymond Green said. “If LeBron dunks on him right there, the momentum swings, he’s excited and everything can possibly swing. Yeah, he made a stand. Got a big block for us and we got off to the races. That puts momentum completely in our favor.”

With the crowd pumping up the volume, the Warriors, already in control, finished the job. And don’t think Durant isn’t aware of the effect such a play has.

“Yeah, especially when you’re at home, when you get a block against anybody, the crowd is into the game and they really enjoy that,” he said. “Around the league now, in every arena, fans are starting to respect defense. They can sense that it’s a momentum shift when you get a big block or a huge steal or a block.”

It also put momentum, on a personal level, in Durant’s favor. Despite the fact that Curry has won the last two MVP awards, it’s widely believed that James and Durant are the top two players in the NBA.

James has three championship rings, while Durant has none. James has four MVP awards, to one for Durant. When the two met in the 2012 NBA Finals, when Durant was with the Thunder and James with the Heat, Miami won in five games.

Durant, who entered the league four years after James, is at the point in his career that he believes he’s ready for anything James may have. Furthermore, since coming to the Warriors last summer, Durant clearly embraces the opportunity to beat James.

Durant posted 36 points and 15 rebounds when the teams met in Cleveland on Christmas Day, and posted 21 points, six rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals on Monday. KD, on an individual basis, is now 2-0 this season against LeBron.

“Guarding one of the best players in the league, and somebody that can score in different ways and impact the game from different ways, whether it’s in transition or the pick-and-roll or (isolation), I just tried to stay locked in and relied on my teammates,” Durant said.