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Conflicting reports on whether strength coach Shannon Turley will rejoin Harbaugh at Michigan

Director of Football Sports Performance Shannon Turley (above) will reportedly rejoin former Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh at Michigan. Turley is widely considered as one of the cornerstones of the Stanford program. (DAVID BERNAL/isiphoto.com)

Scout.com report on Sunday claimed that Director of Football Sports Performance Shannon Turley would rejoin former Cardinal head coach Jim Harbaugh at Michigan, potentially signaling a huge blow for a Stanford program that failed to win 10 games for the first time since 2009 this season.

However, reports by ESPN and others later Sunday night asserted that Turley would return to the Farm. No official statement has been made by Turley or Stanford Athletics.

A Scout.com report on Sunday claimed that Director of Football Sports Performance Shannon Turley (above) would rejoin former Cardinal head coach Jim Harbaugh, but other reports refuted the claim later that night. (DAVID BERNAL/isiphoto.com)
A Scout.com report on Sunday claimed that Director of Football Sports Performance Shannon Turley (above) would rejoin former Cardinal head coach Jim Harbaugh, but other reports refuted the claim later that night. (DAVID BERNAL/isiphoto.com)

Since coming to the Farm with Harbaugh in 2007, Turley has been credited by players and coaches alike as one of the most instrumental figures in the team’s resurgence. His innovative training program, which emphasized “functional movement” over pure strength, drastically cut down the injuries that plagued Stanford football in the years before his arrival. According to statistics he kept, Stanford suffered 26 injuries in 2006 that required season-ending or postseason surgery, but just 24 such injuries from 2008-12.

“It wasn’t all just about heavy weights, getting bigger, getting swole,” former Cardinal running back Anthony Kimble ‘08 told The Daily for “Rags to Roses: The Rise of Stanford Football.” “He really talked about wear on your body, flexibility, making your body more dynamic.”

After the initial reports that Turley would head to Ann Arbor, several current and recent Stanford players took to Twitter  to reiterate Turley’s importance to the program.

Junior safety Zach Hoffpauir tweeted “#MoneyTalks,” likely in regards to the belief that Michigan offered Turley a higher salary than Stanford was willing to match.

The initial Scout.com report cited a Michigan recruit who claimed that Turley would be joining Harbaugh’s new staff.

Fox’s Bruce Feldman also reported on Sunday that Harbaugh is trying to bring Stanford defensive coordinator Lance Anderson to Ann Arbor.

Besides his role at the helm of one of the nation’s top defenses in 2014, Anderson served as the Cardinal’s recruiting coordinator from 2007-13. Like Turley, he first came to Stanford with Harbaugh, and like Turley, he is considered a cornerstone of the Cardinal program; in an interview for “Rags to Roses,” Harbaugh told The Daily that Anderson was perhaps the most important member of his staff at Stanford because of his role in the recruiting process.

“Really, the key guy is Lance Anderson in all of this,” Harbaugh said. “Above everybody in my opinion.”

However, FootballScoop claimed on Twitter that Stanford head coach David Shaw is feeling good about his chances to retain Anderson.

 

Contact Joseph Beyda at jbeyda ‘at’ stanford.edu.

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Joseph Beyda

Joseph Beyda

Joseph Beyda is the editor in chief of The Stanford Daily. Previously he has worked as the executive editor, webmaster, football editor, a sports desk editor, the paper's summer managing editor and a beat reporter for football, baseball and women's soccer. He co-authored The Daily's recent football book, "Rags to Roses," and covered the soccer team's national title run for the New York Times. Joseph is a senior from Cupertino, Calif. majoring in Electrical Engineering. To contact him, please email jbeyda "at" stanford.edu.