Stanford’s been one of the top teams in the Pac-12 over the last decade. But the 2019-20 season was definitely a down year for head coach David Shaw. The Cardinal finished 4-8, losing six conference games and two non-conference contests.
Shaw, who’s known to deliver better teams than on-paper analysis indicates, had by far the worst season of his coaching career. But there’s definitely no short leash when it comes to the Stanford head coach. He’s helped the Cardinal become a prominent program in the Pac-12.
But some of his players aren’t liking the trajectory of the team. Stanford OL Devery Hamilton elected to place his name in the NCAA Transfer Portal on Thursday, marking the 11th Stanford player to do so since the end of the regular season.
#Stanford offensive lineman Devery Hamilton is in the transfer portal. He's the 11th Stanford player to enter the portal since the end of the season.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 12, 2019
That’s an alarming number of players electing to leave Stanford. And it begs the question – is something going on with the coaching staff?
It’d be an absolutely horrible move to fire Shaw after one bad season. The Stanford coach is averaging 9.5 wins per season since taking over the program in 2011. But maybe Shaw is the one wanting to move on.
We’ve already seen one of the best coaches in the country – Washington’s Chris Petersen – step down to simply take a year off. Perhaps Shaw is considering a similar move.
It’s all speculation for now. But this is certainly a strange development going on at Stanford.