In the three weeks since the Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, Stanford football has seen its fair share of change. That change will be toughest to overcome in three main phases: coaching, current personnel and recruiting.
Stanford’s Willie Shaw Director of Defense Derek Mason will leave the Cardinal to become the next head coach at Vanderbilt, according to multiple reports.
There are many great people involved with Stanford Athletics, and The Daily Sports Staff interacts with a large percentage of them. In honor of the top-10 issue, the following is a list of The Daily Sports Staff’s top 10 favorite people to interview.
At the end of the Rose Bowl, it seemed like either team could have won or lost by two touchdowns. That’s a good game in anyone’s book. Stanford lost to Michigan State in the 100th Rose Bowl, but while losing is never fun to watch, the Cardinal and the Spartans definitely played an instant classic…
In Saturday morning’s defensive press conference, defensive coordinator Derek Mason and five of the Cardinal’s senior leaders sat down with the media and discussed its Rose Bowl matchup with the Spartan offense as well as some of the behind-the-scenes dynamics that have helped Stanford’s defense continue to assert itself as one of the nation’s best units.
One thing was clear: The road to the Pac-12 Championship went through Oregon.
No team understood that fact better than Stanford. For two consecutive seasons, the Ducks had denied the Cardinal the conference title and a national championship bid; Andrew Luck ‘12, who only beat the Ducks once in his three-year playing career, had even admitted that Stanford was suffering from an “Oregon problem.” With Luck gone, the Cardinal arrived at Autzen as a 21-point underdog.
For better or worse, the current state of Stanford football is bringing back vivid memories of the 2012 season: a smothering defense bailing out an inconsistent offense over and over…and over. On a night when the Cardinal offense suffered an identity crisis, the defense put on one of its grittiest performances of the season —…
If you’re a Pac-12 offensive coordinator, you’ve got to pick your battles when going up against Stanford. It’s probably not wise to attack the Cardinal’s vaunted front seven — thus, only 15 Division I teams have faced fewer carries per game than Stanford has — or its ballhawking safeties — thus, only eight of the 184 completions against the Cardinal have gone for 30 yards or more.