Down on The Farm, they picked someone homegrown to replace Jim Harbaugh.

Offensive coordinator David Shaw will take the reins of the Stanford football team. Tom Fitzgerald in the Chronicle lists these attributes:

In the past two years with Shaw as coordinator, the offense has twice broken the school record for points in a season.

A four-year letter winner as a Stanford receiver from 1991-94, the Union City native played under Dennis Green and Bill Walsh. He then spent nine years as an assistant coach in the NFL with the Eagles, Raiders and Ravens.

He spent the 2006 season at the University of San Diego as Harbaugh’s wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator before following Harbaugh to Stanford in 2007.

In addition to his coordinator duties, Shaw coached the wide receivers for three years before switching to the running backs last season. He tutored five running backs – Stepfan Taylor, Anthony Wilkerson, Tyler Gaffney, Usua Amanam and Jeremy Stewart – who combined to rush for 2,063 yards in 13 games, an average of 158.6 yards a game.

Taylor’s final rushing total of 1,137 yards was the second highest total in school history, trailing only Toby Gerhart’s 2009 school record of 1,871. Full article

Shaw takes over for Harbaugh, who was hired last week to coach the 49ers.

Below, ESPN talks to the Merc’s Jon Wilner about the reasoning behind the pick:

Stanford Replaces Harbaugh With Offensive Coordinator David Shaw 13 January,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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