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Luck 'very excited' for new Stanford coach Shaw

Luck 'very excited' for new Stanford coach Shaw

Jan. 13, 2010STANFORD PAGE

Stanford announced Thursday the hiring of new football head coach David Shaw. Below is a collection of quotations offered from choice Stanford individuals.
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John HennessyStanford University President
"David Shawhas been a large part of the Stanford football program's success overthe past four years, and he has all of the experience and qualities tocontinue the momentum into the future. He is a Stanford graduate and along-time member of our Stanford family who has personally been part ofour scholar-athlete tradition. He understands our values. He also has awealth of experience outside of the university, and broad respect amongboth those in his profession and on campus. I am excited about theprospects for Stanford football under his leadership."Bob Bowlsby
Stanford Athletics Director"David Shawis exactly the right person to lead our football program at this time.David has the experience, intellect, coaching skills and organizationalabilities to be a tremendous head coach. He understands and embracesthe combination of world class academics and world class athletics thatis required at Stanford."David has made a substantialcontribution to the recent success of our program and our team hasgreat confidence in him. I could not be more excited to work with Davidand to assist him and his staff in leading our football program to highachievement in the years ahead.Andrew Luck
Heisman Runner-up and Stanford RS Sophmore Quarterback
"Veryexcited. He's a Stanford man. I've known that since he was recruitingme coming out of high school. He has a deep, abiding love and respectfor Stanford. You can really tell that. He's going to do a wonderfuljob with this program and the players are behind him 100 percent.""Iwouldn't say there was one more favored candidate than another. We all had greatrelationships with all the coaches. Obviously, I think any one of thethree would have been great for the players, but Shaw is the one.""He'sdefinitely a lot different than Coach Harbaugh in a lot of aspects. Idon't think it's necessarily a bad thing. We'll have to wait and seewhat motivation is like from the head coach and how the recruiting is.I have a lot of faith that it will be successful and good. It's justdifferent personalities and people go about things differently. Iwouldn't say there's one right way to do it."Iknow, speaking on behalf of the players, we definitely appreciate Mr.Bowlsby opening up his office and his ears up to us. I don't know howmuch of a difference we made. We're still young college students.""Ithink we knew he would listen to us but we also knew at the end of theday he would have to make a decision what's best for Stanford, notwhat's best for the seniors now but what's best for Stanford in thecoming years.""It'snice not having to learn a new playbook, to be able to hit spring ballrunning like you were just on the field in the bowl game. I think thatdefinitely helps in terms of making a smooth transition.""Isaw him all the time. I don't know the inner workings of the wholebrain trust that was up in the coaches' office but Coach Shaw hasalways been a great coach since I've been here. He's always had a bighand in the offense."Ryan WhalenStanford Senior Wide Receiver
I have had the privilege to play for Coach Shaw for four years, andI'm very excited about the hire. Not only is he a great coach, but alsoa great man. He has a great future leading the Cardinal.
Shayne Skov
Stanford Sophmore LinebackerCoach Shaw has been a coach guys have looked up to since I've beenhere. He is not only a great coach but somebody that allows the programto hit the ground running for next season.
Owen Marecic
Hornung Award Winner and Stanford Senior LinebackerFullbackCoach Shaw is a great football coach and a man of great character.Undoubtedly, he will lead the team to great accomplishments on and offthe field.

Sharks dominate Ducks for two wins in two nights

Sharks dominate Ducks for two wins in two nights

BOX SCORE

ANAHEIM -- Mikkel Boedker had two goals and an assist, Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-2 on Sunday night.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Kevin Labanc and Melker Karlsson also scored for the Sharks, who have won five of six. Aaron Dell stopped 33 shots.

Rickard Rakell and Ryan Getzlaf scored for Anaheim. John Gibson stopped only 17 of 22 shots and was replaced after giving up his fifth goal. Anaheim had a four-game home winning streak snapped.

Four goals came in the third period. First, Anaheim pulled within one when Ondrej Kase stole the puck from behind the net and quickly fed Getzlaf, who fired it past Dell.

One minute later, the Sharks answered when Thornton's slap shot went in.

Boedker's second goal gave San Joe a 5-2 lead, and Karlsson's goal on goalie Ryan Miller made it a runaway.

The Ducks first found the net in the final minute of the second period, but that took a two-man advantage and a bit of luck.

Rakell was camped a few feet below the crease when he snapped a shot. San Jose's Justin Braun stuck out a stick, but it deflected the puck off the back of Dell's arm and into the net.

It was Rakell's team-high 17th goal this season.

San Jose appeared to take a commanding 3-0 lead on a power play in the second period. Boedker fired a shot from the top of the right circle that whistled past Gibson.

The Sharks took a 2-0 lead early in the second period when Anaheim's No.1 line turned the puck over. Thornton snapped it out to Labanc, who popped free for a breakaway. He beat Gibson on his short side for his fifth goal.

The Sharks took a 1-0 lead late in the first period on a nifty give-and-go when Tomas Hertl skated down the far side and sent a pass through the legs of Anaheim's Brandon Montour and right to Vlasic in front of the net.

Vlasic snapped it past Gibson for his seventh goal of the season.

UP NEXT

Sharks: Return to San Jose on Tuesday night to play the Jets.

Ducks: Remain at home to play the Rangers on Tuesday night.

49ers veteran expected to play in Pro Bowl thanks to Eagles

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49ers veteran expected to play in Pro Bowl thanks to Eagles

Veteran 49ers left tackle Joe Staley is expected to benefit from the Philadelphia Eagles’ trip to the Super Bowl.

Staley, originally chosen as an alternate, is expected to be named to his sixth Pro Bowl to take the place of Eagles Pro Bowl tackle Lane Johnson.

The Pro Bowl will be played Sunday, Jan. 28, in Orlando, Florida. Members of the Super Bowl participant Eagles and New England Patriots will not play in the All-Star game. The Eagles advanced to the Super Bowl on Sunday with a 38-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

The other Pro Bowl offensive tackles representing the NFC are Dallas’ Tyron Smith and Los Angeles’ Andrew Whitworth, who replaced Washington’s Trent Williams.

Staley got off to a rough start last season as the 49ers opened on a nine-game losing streak. The idea of his career coming to an end began to creep into his mind, he said recently on the 49ers Insider Podcast.

But Staley said he had a talk with coach Kyle Shanahan that got him refocused for the remainder of the season. The 49ers finished with a five-game win streak to finish with a 6-10 record, and Staley played well down the stretch.

“I’m so far gone from where I was in that moment early in the year that I’m just focused on next year and, hopefully, years after that,” said Staley, 33, an 11-year NFL veteran. “I feel like I can still play.

“I think this last half of the season I played some of the best football of my career. I feel very confident in what we’re doing schematically with the people surrounding us, and it shows in my own play.”

Staley would join fullback Kyle Juszczyk, who was the only 49ers player named to the Pro Bowl when the teams were announced in last month.