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.

Headed for 100 losses, Giants quietly give up on "Don't Stop Believin'" tradition

Headed for 100 losses, Giants quietly give up on "Don't Stop Believin'" tradition

SAN FRANCISCO — At some point over the last month, the Giants quietly stopped playing “Don’t Stop Believin’” in the late innings of games they trail. 

It’s unclear exactly when it started, or who made the decision. A number of team employees, surveyed over the past week, had noticed. But nobody knew the exact details. Perhaps the longtime staple of AT&T Park was shelved on July 9, when FanGraphs dropped the playoff odds to 0.00 percent for the first time in a lost season. Maybe it was during a bad loss before that or a bad loss after that. You can take your pick. This season has been filled with so many of them it’s hard to keep track. 

Friday’s stood out, in part because this was the kind of night where Journey briefly made sense. The Giants gave Jeff Samardzija a 4-0 lead in the first inning against a Padres team that spent the early innings kicking and throwing the ball all over the field and making mistakes on the bases. It was 5-1 after three innings. By the sixth, the Padres had tied it. By the seventh, they had the lead. By the eighth, it was a three-run lead. 

Before the bottom of the eighth, the in-stadium crew played Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” for a crowd of a few thousand. Last weekend, Huey Lewis was the fill-in for Journey. On Wednesday, a game the Giants actually came back to win, the scoreboard played a singalong game to “Happy Together” by The Turtles. 

On this night, the Giants actually would come back. Conor Gillaspie hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth, tying the game and sending it into extras. The Giants had trailed by three with one out remaining, but the momentum provided by Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Gillaspie was just a blip. The Padres scored three in the 11th off George Kontos, who has pitched five times over the last eight days and was supposed to get a night to rest. 

Kontos was the last to give up runs in a 12-9 loss, but hardly the only one. Samardzija took blame after failing to get through five with a big early cushion. That put pressure on the tired bullpen, and the relievers blew it over and over again. The Padres scored runs in six consecutive innings at one point and had 20 hits. 

“We couldn’t stop them,” Bruce Bochy said, shaking his head. 

Nothing can apparently stop this skid. The Giants are 37-61 and six games behind the Padres. They are much closer to the No. 1 draft pick than they are to fourth place in their division. 

“Don’t Stop Believin’” survived the 2013 season. It survived 2015 and the second half of last year. Nothing can survive this season.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as Giants lose marathon in extras to Padres

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as Giants lose marathon in extras to Padres

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SAN FRANCISCO — A few hundred, maybe a few thousand, stayed to watch the Giants late Friday night. The Giants did not make it worth the effort. 

Conor Gillaspie’s two-out homer in the ninth sent the game to extras, but the Giants lost 12-9 in a game that lasted nearly five hours. The Giants had trailed by three with two outs and nobody on in the ninth. They tied it. Instead of carrying that momentum over, they suffered yet another demoralizing loss. 

They have dropped both games of this series and they trail the Padres -- who had 20 hits -- by six games in the race for fourth place. Those are facts. Here are five more, mostly from earlier, when a young man harbored dreams of leaving a ballpark before 1 a.m. … 

—- Hector Sanchez took Jeff Samardzija deep to lead off the fourth, and at this point it’s flat-out hilarious. Sanchez has seven homers this season and three have come against his former team. He hit two homers at AT&T Park in 296 plate appearances as a Giant, and the fourth-inning blast gave him three in 11 plate appearances as a Padre. He also doubled in a run and singled. It’s an all-time revenge tour. Just go along for the ride. 

—- There were a ton of scouts on hand to watch two starting pitchers who could move in the next 10 days, and they left disappointed. Trevor Cahill gave up six earned on seven hits and four walks and lasted just 3 2/3 innings. Jeff Samardzija gave up eight hits and five earned in 4 1/3 innings. 

—- I dunno man, it’s really hard getting to five of these every night. Sam Dyson was good again. 

—- Gillaspie's pinch-hit homer was the sixth of his career. He's a hero around these parts, but perhaps Bobby Evans should see if a team out there was watching Friday and remembers his October run. Gillaspie could help a contender. 

—- When MLB inevitably introduces a pitch clock and pitchers start complaining, this will be the game I tell them to sit down and try to watch start to finish.