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Peterson: David Shaw faces immense coaching test over the next two weeks

On paper, this Saturday’s Stanford-UCF matchup offers little excitement: two 0-1 teams with sporadic offenses coming off of stunning upset losses. And yet, despite the lack of apparent intrigue, this Saturday’s clash is arguably the most important game that David Shaw has ever coached. Over the past four years, Stanford football has faced several must-win…

Stanford softball in shambles after infighting, controversial resignation

Stanford softball’s collapse first became evident at the end of the 2014 season, when a faction of the team presented athletic director Bernard Muir with sweeping allegations against 18-year head coach John Rittman — allegations that have since been disputed by at least half of the team. A group of parents and former players supported those allegations, which also implicated Rittman’s assistants and the team’s trainers. Just 18 days after that contingent met with Muir, Rittman resigned.

Despite Stanford’s example, NCAA loses O’Bannon case in U.S. District Court

On Aug. 8, U.S. District Court judge Claudia Wilken ’71 ruled that the NCAA was in violation of antitrust law for its use of student-athletes’ names, images and likenesses in the landmark O’Bannon vs. NCAA case. Though Wilken’s decision must be upheld in higher courts, it stands as the first nail in the coffin of the current NCAA system — one that has seen Stanford thrive as a model athletic program.