Stanford’s Shaw doesn’t like SEC comparison

Stanford coach David Shaw earlier today objected to a reporter trying to compare his team with SEC East programs.
Under Shaw — and even under his predecessor Jim Harbaugh — Stanford has developed a rugged, ball-control style and stout defensive mentality that is as anti-West Coast as boiled peanuts.
Here’s what he said when asked to compare his program with SEC teams (as reported by Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News:

Stanford was 11-2 in 2011 and 12-2 in 2012, defeating Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. It was fifth in the country in rushing defense and 11th in scoring defense in 2012.

Shaw is a West Coast guy, but has been an assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens.

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September 5th, 2013
8:29 am

So David Shaw doesn’t consider it to be complimentary when Stanford’s football team is compared to successful SEC teams. Kind of a haughty West Coast, I’m cooler than you, attitude from the football coach of an institution that has obviously put an awful lot of effort into building a respected football program by invoking the style of play that has long been associated with the SEC and the Big 10, 11, 12, 13,…… – the 2 most historically successful conferences in CFB. A very ‘gracious’ response from someone who is trying to hide his jealousy of others’ success.

Of course the inference is that the SEC schools are nothing more than a bunch of backwoods school houses teaching readin’, writin’, and ‘rithmetic. Typical elitist attitude from one of those brainiac schools who love to turn their noses up when everything is going well, but also like to use their reputation as a crutch when problems arise.

I wonder if ‘they’ realize that the rest of us are on to them……


September 5th, 2013
8:20 am

If you read the full article, he preferred to be compared to a Bill Walsh influenced team.


September 5th, 2013
8:13 am

Missouri called it “Old Man Football”, didn’t they?

At least, that’s what they called it until they played their first year in the SEC. Now, nobody asks for their opinion.

BTW: Why are there so many academic nerds lurking on a football blog? Is the library closed this morning?

Dawg Whisperer

September 4th, 2013
11:30 pm

The name of the game among these posts is who can deliver the biggest and best insult. Blogs tend to fetch the worst behavior among readers because the communication is impersonal and the consequences of poor human behavior are virtually non-existent.

Now, my opinion concerning HC Shaw’s comments. He made no reference to academics. His principal concern is playing winning football. With respect to sports generated revenue, gross receipts is always important for a variety of reasons. The larger the revenue, the greater the impact and multiplier effect on the local economy. If you don’t believe me, ask the local population that reap huge benefits on game day.


September 4th, 2013
9:47 pm


September 4th, 2013

No one wants to be like the SEC? Maybe try polling university presidents? No one brings in more money for their schools than the SEC. Poke fun if you want, but admit the truth.

Stanford’s $17 Billion (with a B) endowment is greater than 13 of the 14 SEC schools combined – A&M has a boat load of Welch money but they are $10Bn behind Stanford.
I am sure that the President of Stanford wished his school was more renowned for football than for being a world-class academic institution that has helped give birth to such companies as HP, Google, and Intel.

Dwag Daze

September 4th, 2013
6:59 pm

My oh my, such hostility tonight. You guys just need some more Kool-Aid. Really.


September 4th, 2013
6:42 pm

Who say’s I’m from California?
Alabama is a dump of a state, last in education, first in poverty, full of racist confederate flying rednecks. Hell NO it’s not Silicon Valley or Napa Valley. No one wants to be called a bama for a reason.

Keith Mason

September 4th, 2013
6:02 pm

ignition, spoken like a true left coast guy. In reality you raise some very interesting points. No, Stanford or any other west coast school should never be compared to any SEC school simply because you can’t carry Alabama’s jock strap. With your post I am sure Stanford is well represented by you and your uniformed ilk.

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September 4th, 2013
5:33 pm

Stanford is a Top 5 Institution in the Country, like hell if they want to be a dumb ass SEC school. 17 Billion dollars in endowment, to 50 world class institution, not some bull$hit alabama.