Approximately 700 people gathered at Cemex Auditorium on Saturday for the second annual TEDxStanford event, which featured Stanford-affiliated speakers and performers including football coach David Shaw ’94, Indian folk dance group Basmati Raas and Rhodes Scholar Rachel Kolb ’12 M.A. ’13.
What drives the wildly successful training philosophy of Shannon Turley? Here is an example: It’s a beautiful spring day on the Farm, and instead of being totally dumbstruck by Shannon Turley, I am now positively terrified by the freshman year version of Alex Debniak.
Although many college football programs have recently incurred heavy financial losses due to bowl game participation, the Stanford athletics department has seen both an increase in season-ticket renewals and national profile in the aftermath of the 2013 Rose Bowl.
When I was watching the NFC Championship game this past Sunday, as a Patriots fan I strangely found myself rooting for the San Francisco 49ers. So why did I root for the 49ers? Was it because of the sensational story of Colin Kaepernick, who was offered only one scholarship coming out of high school? Was it because of Jim Harbaugh’s hilarious temper tantrum when a call doesn’t go in his favor? Or was it just because I was being sucked into Bay Area sports after living here for a year?
Not that he really needs one as he heads for fame and fortune in the NFL, but I owe Zach Ertz a bit of an apology. Last May, I wrote that a tight end would be Stanford football’s next breakout player — but I chose Levine Toilolo over his fellow senior Ertz. I argued that the 6-foot-8-inch Toilolo’s height would make him an ideal target for whatever inaccurate quarterback replaced Andrew Luck, while Ertz would continue to thrive on underneath slant routes as an occasional contributor like he had in 2011.