He pulled off the greatest statistical upset in college football history over four years ago, became a significant contributor to the turnaround of the Stanford program and has already spent a full season as a volunteer assistant for the squad. But believe it or not, Tavita Pritchard still has a lot to learn about football.
San Francisco 49ers
Jim Harbaugh might be a brash, abrasive and fiery son of a bitch, but don’t say that he doesn’t give a damn good handshake. Jim Schwartz found that out the hard way on Sunday, right after Harbaugh’s 49ers turned Schwartz’s Detroit Lions into house cats.
Football: Stanford promotes Pep Hamilton and Derek Mason to coordinator positions, hires Jason Tarver
The Cardinal promoted Pep Hamilton from wide receivers coach to offensive coordinator. He will also coach quarterbacks. Derek Mason, who coached defensive backs last season and will retain that responsibility, was promoted to associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator.
The main lesson to come out of Harbaugh’s hiring is that the NFL needs to take a good, hard look at its Rooney Rule. The rule, which stipulates that any team with a head-coaching vacancy must interview at least one minority candidate, ended the week with its reputation in tatters.