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Congratulations to the 2012 Stanford Football Players and Coaches Who Are Now the 2012 Pac-12 CHAMPIONS! – The Firing of Walt Harris SIX YEARS Ago Was the Beginning of the Turnaround of Stanford Football BUT Jim Harbaugh, Toby Gerhart, Andrew Luck and David Shaw Are Only Part of the Story Because SIX YEARS Ago Stanford University and Alumni Make A Commitment To Putting Stanford Football On the Same Level of the World-Class Stanford University and ALL of the Other Stanford Athletic Teams and SIX YEARS Later Stanford Football Is A Major College Football Power….PERIOD…and Stanford Football IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE….PERIOD! – Now Let’s Settle Back And Watch Some Great College Football On Saturday and See Who the Irish Are Going To Play in the Bogus BCS Title Game and Who Stanford Will Play Against in the Rose Bowl On January 1, 2013! – Go Cardinal!

Hearty Congratulations are in order to the Players and Coaches of the…

2012 Stanford Football Team

….who are now…

2012 Pac-12 CHAMPIONS!

Was it really only SIX YEARS ago that then Stanford AD Bob Bowlsby sent Cardinal head coach Walt Harris packing after TWO YEARS on the job (YES, even Stanford will fire a coach after TWO YEARS if he does not perform!) after Harris put up records of.…

2005:  5 – 6
2006:  1 – 11
Overall:  6 – 17

…which the AP and ESPN’s Ivan Maisel (Stanford ’81) chronicled…

Harris out as Cardinal coach following 1 – 11 season, AP

Bowlsby doesn’t see enough to keep Harris, Ivan Maisel, ESPN.com

…..?

YES, it was only SIX YEARS ago that Stanford AD Bob Bowlsby fired Walt Harris and then hired Jim Harbaugh in December 2006 the week before Christmas….

A huge gamble, Stanford hires Jim Harbaugh, Jon Wilner, Mercury News

…..and in the past SIX SEASONS Stanford Football has put up the following records under head coaches Jim Harbaugh and David Shaw but before we show you their records lets look at what the two previous head coaches, Buddy Teevens and Walt Harris did on The Farm:

Buddy Teevens – Stanford Head Coach – 2002 – 2004
2002:  2 – 9
2003:  4 – 7
2004:  4 – 7

Walt Harris – Stanford Head Coach – 2005 – 2006
2005:  5 – 6
2006:  1 – 1

Overall Record under Teevens and Harris over 5 Seasons at Stanford:  16 – 30

Now Jim Harbaugh and David Shaw’s records…

Jim Harbaugh – Stanford Head Coach – 2007 – 2010
2007:  4 – 8
2008:  5 – 7
2009:  8 – 5 – Sun Bowl
2010:  12 – 1 – Orange Bowl

David Shaw – Stanford Head Coach – 2011 – 2012
2011:  11 – 2 – Fiesta Bowl
2012 : 11 – 2 – Pac-12 Champions – Rose Bowl

Overall Record under Harbaugh and Shaw over the Last 5 Seasons:  51 – 25

Over the past 3 Seasons the Stanford Football Team has gone…

34 – 5  (.872)

….and the Cardinal will now have gone to three straight BIG bowl games the Orange Bowl in 2010, the Fiesta Bowl in 2011 and the Rose Bowl in 2012 as Pac-12 Champions!

YES, that is one Helluva turnaround for the Stanford Football program in a very short amount of time and if you read between the lines in Ivan Maisel’s December 4, 2006 column on then Stanford AD Bob Bowlsby decision to fire Walt Harris….

Bowlsby doesn’t see enough to keep Harris, Ivan Maisel, ESPN.com

….perceptive eyes will see that Bowlsby and lots of other Stanford folks were fed-up with Stanford Football being a doormat and not only did Bob Bowlsby make the right decision in hiring Jim Harbaugh in December 2006 there was also a commitment made by thousands of other Stanford people both on and off The Farm to putting the Stanford Football program on the same level as Stanford University and Stanford Athletics and that is exactly what has happened over the past six years.

San Jose Mercury News columnist Jon Wilner who has a sharper eye on Bay area college athletic programs and teams than anyone else we know made a very accurate observation in a recent blog post on his College Hotline when writing about the now open head coaching job at Cal…

Cal football: Tedford’s dismissal, Barbour’s reaction, the search and Mike MacIntyre, Jon Wilner, Mercury News

“One week ago this morning — right about now, in fact — Cal fired Jeff Tedford.

Thoughts on the past and future for the Bears:

Twice during the press conference, once at the microphone and once away from it, athletic director Sandy Barbour was asked about the difficulty of firing Tedford from a personal standpoint.

Both times, her voice seemed to crack — I thought she would break down. It was clear dismissing Tedford was very, very, very difficult for her.

Cal fans should take a realistic view of the situation: It’s no better than the sixth-best job in the conference and the fourth-best in the division, behind Oregon, Washington and Stanford.

(As long as Stanford’s university-wide commitment to football continues, it’s one of the best jobs in the league.)

YES, Jon Wilner has identified what is the driving force in helping to turn Stanford Football into a Major College Football Power and that is there is now a “university-wide commitment to football” at Stanford that extends way beyond The Farm to Stanford alumni that are living and working all over the world that are now firmly committed to Stanford Football and are determined to see that IF Stanford is going to field a football team then it is For Damn Sure going to be one of the top college football programs in the country because IF Stanford University is going to take the time to do something then it will be done right and for Damn sure it will be the best or one of the Damn best at worst.

PERIOD.

For those folks in the Pac-12 Conference or across Major College Football that have been or are still under the impression that Stanford Football was going to falloff after the departures of Toby Gerhart (second in Heisman voting in 2009) and Andrew Luck (second in Heisman voting in 2010 and 2011) or would just falloff because “Stanford Football is Stanford Football” we have a Newsflash for you…

Stanford Football is NOT GOING ANYWHERE!

PERIOD.

Congratulations again to the Stanford Football Players and Coaches for earning the title…

2012 Pac-12 CHAMPIONS

….which is a CHAMPIONSHIP that you will have FOREVER and also a BIG thanks to the many people that work behind the scenes with Stanford Athletics to help make not only Stanford Football a success but ALL the other Stanford sports teams a big success as well.

Now Coaches Hot Seat Members both in San Francisco and those that are in Southern California for Tiger’s tournament will be able to settle-in on Saturday and watch some great college football and in particular the SEC and Big Ten Championship Games tomorrow night which will determine who the Irish will get in the Bogus BCS National Title Game and who the Stanford Cardinal will play in the…

ROSE BOWL

….on January 1, 2013!

Go Cardinal!

2013 Rose Bowl: The Tradition Continues for Stanford Football – Stanford Alumni

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