Stanford's Shaw followed father into coaching


Stanford's Shaw followed father into coaching

Jan. 15, 2011STANFORD PAGE

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Willie Shawremembers when he first took his teenage son to Lions training camp.David Shaw, in junior high at the time and an aspiring receiver, stayedin the dormitory with his father, shagged balls for the wideouts andeven sat in on their position meetings.He spent about three weeks workingbehind the scenes for Detroit that summer of 1985. It was then whenWillie Shaw - a longtime NFL and college assistant - realized his sonmight one day have the coaching bug, too.Two and a half decades later, DavidShaw is Stanford's new coach, promoted from offensive coordinator toreplace Jim Harbaugh and keep this program rolling on the heels of a12-1 season and Orange Bowl victory."The receivers started coming to meand saying: 'Coach, your son, he knows what we're doing. He watcheswhat we're doing in meetings, how we're putting in plays and he asksquestions about it,'" said Willie Shaw, always a defensive coachhimself. "After that, he would come to training camp every year and Iknew he was probably going to go into coaching because he was around itso much. I've got pictures of him when he was 3 years old and I wascoaching at Stanford and he was on the practice field."Still, when David Shaw broke the newsto his mother, Gay, that he did indeed want to coach, she could barelytake the news. Her son was following in his father's footsteps in apressure-packed profession."'Haven't you seen what has happenedin our lives?'" David Shaw said, repeating his mother's words andreaction. "'Don't you understand what this profession does to peopleand their families?'"Shaw's dad became emotional Thursdayfor other reasons - namely the pride he felt seeing his son step intothe top job at Stanford at age 38. This family has come full circle onThe Farm, where Willie Shaw was a finalist for the head coaching job in1992 - with his son then on the team - when the late Hall of Fame coachBill Walsh decided at the last minute to return for a second stintcoaching the Cardinal.Willie Shaw instead went to the Vikings as the defensive backs coach under Dennis Green."I coached here twice. This place isstill in my heart. It's my favorite place I've ever coached," WillieShaw said of Stanford. "It's so rewarding to see this happen 18 yearslater. Now I'm thinking, I didn't get it before, maybe that was why.This is even more rewarding than if I had gotten it back then. I'mreally so proud."David Shaw wound up a receiver atStanford, where he received his sociology degree and initially hadplans of working in the financial world. He played for the Cardinalfrom 1991-94 under Green and Walsh.When Shaw learned of a coaching job at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., he took the leap.And he realized it was the right move "the first day of practice."Clearly, this is in his blood."My father had a huge influence onme getting into coaching. My last two years (as a player) I wasreferred to as coach Shaw by the younger receivers because I was alwaysthe guy who was hard on them with their splits and their depth andtheir routes," David Shaw said."I had this itch. Once we start wecan't do anything else. We dive into it. We sleep in our offices andwork insane hours. Our passion for the game and for the guys we coach,it comes to a point where you can't hide it."Shaw takes over after Harbaughdeparted last Friday to become coach of the San Francisco 49ers. A bigbonus for Shaw: Orange Bowl MVP quarterback and Heisman Trophyrunner-up Andrew Luck is returning for another season rather thandeclaring for the NFL draft."It's nice not having to learn a newplaybook, to be able to hit spring ball running like you were just onthe field in the bowl game," Luck said. "I think that definitely helpsin terms of making a smooth transition."Shaw was an NFL assistant withPhiladelphia, Oakland and Baltimore, before joining Harbaugh as anassistant at the University of San Diego. As passing game coordinatorand receivers coach, he helped lead the Toreros to an 11-1 record andthe top marks in what was then Division I-AA in passing offense, totaloffense and scoring offense.He joined Harbaugh at Stanford thefollowing year and has coached receivers and running backs, while alsoserving as offensive coordinator the past four years."He comes from a tremendous coaching family," Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby said.Shaw once even asked his father as a young boy, "Dad, how do you get to Stanford?"His father, who knew a thing or twoabout hard work as the oldest of seven children, responded byinstructing his son to spend three hours each night at the kitchentable studying. Or, at the very least, just reading if he didn't haveany assigned homework."I said, 'because you're going to have to have that kind of discipline to get to Stanford,'" his father recalled.All that effort, starting way back then, sure has paid off for Shaw.

Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem


Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is again criticizing the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem.

Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that the “NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem.”

He adds: “Total disrespect for our great country!”

Trump appeared to be responding to the NFL annual fall meeting on Tuesday. The league invited players and representatives from their union to discuss social issues.

The topic of the national anthem was not discussed at length. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said owners did not ask players to commit to standing during the anthem.

Trump has suggested the owners should “fire” any players who knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Ezekiel Elliott's suspension again on hold, now expected to play vs 49ers


Ezekiel Elliott's suspension again on hold, now expected to play vs 49ers

NEW YORK — Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott was granted another legal reprieve Tuesday night in the running back's fight to avoid a six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations.

A New York federal judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking the league's suspension, clearing Elliott to play Sunday at San Francisco.

U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty's ruling came five days after a federal appeals court overturned a Texas court's injunction that had kept Elliott on the field.

Crotty granted the request for the restraining order pending a hearing before the presiding judge, Katherine Polk Failla, who is on vacation.

The NFL was ordered to appear before Failla on or before Oct. 30 to argue why the suspension should not be blocked by a preliminary injunction — the next step in the legal process — until the court can rule on challenges the players' union brought against the suspension.

"We are confident our arguments will prevail in court when they are taken up again later this month," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

Elliott, last year's NFL rushing leader as a rookie, was barred from the team's facility Tuesday as players returned from their off week. The NFL placed him on the suspended list Friday, a day after the league's favorable ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

The 22-year-old Elliott was suspended in August by Commissioner Roger Goodell after the league concluded following a yearlong investigation that he had several physical confrontations in the summer of 2016 with Tiffany Thompson, his girlfriend at the time.

Prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, decided not to pursue the case in the city where Elliott starred for Ohio State, citing conflicting evidence, but the NFL did its own investigation. Elliott denied the allegations under oath during his NFL appeal.

The suspension's announcement in August led to weeks of court filings, with NFLPA lawyers contending that league investigators withheld key evidence from Goodell and that the appeal hearing was unfair because arbitrator Harold Henderson refused to call Goodell and Thompson as witnesses.

In an opinion accompanying the ruling, Crotty agreed with the Texas judge who had backed the claims of Elliott's attorneys. Crotty wrote that Henderson's denial of testimony from Goodell and Thompson was significant because of credibility issues related to Thompson.

"In effect, (Elliott) was deprived of opportunities to explore pertinent and material evidence, which raises sufficiently serious questions," Crotty wrote.

Attorney Daniel Nash, arguing for the NFL, accused Elliott's legal team of seeking relief from courts in Texas to evade courts in New York and the effect of the April 2016 ruling that reinstated a four-game suspension of New England quarterback Tom Brady in the "Deflategate" scandal.

Nash warned Crotty that allowing the union to continue to delay the suspension would invite "every player who's suspended" to go to court for relief.

"They know under the Brady decision they have no chance of success. None," Nash said.

Attorney Jeffrey Kessler, representing the players' union, said the harm to a player's short career was serious when a suspension is served.

"He can never get that back," Kessler said, arguing that the irreparable harm — among issues of law considered before a temporary restraining order is granted — faced by a player is much greater than harm claimed by the league when a suspension is delayed. In his opinion, Crotty agreed.

Nash suggested during the hearing that the union was overstating its claims of irreparable harm.

"In their view, an NFL player missing six games is the end of the world," he said.

Brady managed to delay his suspension for a year through the union's court challenges. He served it to start last season, when the Patriots went 3-1 without him and later won the Super Bowl.

Elliott's case shifted to New York after the appeals court ordered the Texas court to dismiss Elliott's lawsuit, which Judge Amos Mazzant did earlier Tuesday.

A three-judge panel of the New Orleans court ruled 2-1 last week that Elliott's attorneys filed the Texas lawsuit prematurely because Henderson had yet to decide on the running back's NFL appeal.

Elliott's legal team indicated it intended to pursue rehearing before a larger panel of the appeals court while also filing for the restraining order in the Southern District of New York.

The NFL filed in the New York court after Elliott's NFL appeal was denied because the league considers it the proper venue as the home of its headquarters and the site of the hearings before Henderson. It's also where the NFL won the Brady case in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.