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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

David Shaw interview

Here is the opening to my Sunday profile of David Shaw: STANFORD Willie Shaw likes to tell this story about his son David, who just happens to be Stanford’s football coach, whose team just happens to be playing in Tuesday’s Rose Bowl against Wisconsin. David, a Stanford graduate, asked his future wife Kori to marry him in front of Memorial Church on the Stanford campus. She said yes. He said they would have to wait before taking their vows. She… Read More »

Stanford going to Rose Bowl

Here is the opening to my column about Stanford winning the Pac-12 title: STANFORD There was something redundant about the Pac-12 championship game. Stanford defeated UCLA for the second time in six days, which proves the Cardinal are better than the Bruins. It is not clear if they will play each other next week. The prize for beating the plucky Bruins, 27-24, is a trip to the Rose Bowl, the Cardinals’ first trip to the Promised Land since 2000. All… Read More »

Cal needs to win Big Game

Here is my column on Saturday’s Big Game which will be played at Stanford at the late hour of 7:15 pm, too late for many newspapers to cover it comfortably. I attended Monday’s Big Game media luncheon in San Francisco, spoke to Cal coach Jeff Tedford and Stanford’s coach David Shaw and Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, and came away with the firm conclusion that Cal sure could benefit by winning this game. To read my column please click here.

What David Shaw said about the BCS

They held the annual Big Game luncheon today — I’m writing a column about it right now. All the main characters were there including Stanford coach David Shaw, a witty, alert, engaging, playful, serious, encouraging, smart man in addition to being a very good coach. One writer asked Shaw something about the BCS and deserving — I didn’t hear the whole question but I heard Shaw’s whole answer. Shaw said, “BCS and deserving don’t belong in the same sentence.”

David Shaw to Stanford and 49er repercussions

Stanford just announced David Shaw is their new head coach. This frees up other Stanford coaches to go with Jim Harbaugh to the 49ers. Expect Greg Roman to the offensive coordinator. He would help Harbaugh create the game plan and he would call some, maybe most of the plays. Harbaugh is vague about who calls plays during games. Vic Fangio is likely to be 49ers defensive coordinator. He did a nice job at Stanford. He has a history in the… Read More »