A Scenario That Would Drive Cal Fans Crazy: Troy Taylor as Stanford’s Next Coach
David Shaw shared his large information Saturday evening after Stanford’s season-ending loss to BYU: He has resigned after 12 seasons as the Cardinal’s head coach.
Speculation about his successor started instantly, after all, and there is a lengthy listing of names floating round, together with Chris Petersen, Dave Aranda and Bill O’Brien.
And many a Cal fan’s worst nightmare: Troy Taylor.
There are vocal segments of Old Blues calling for Taylor to turn into the Bears head coach. And if that opening existed, I’d be on the head of the road pushing to rent him.
Taylor, the Bears’ star quarterback within the late Nineteen Eighties, has confirmed to be a rising star in follow as nicely.
He has led Sacramento State, an FCS program in his hometown, to an 11-0 file this season and the nationwide No. 2 headed to the FCS playoffs.
Taylor’s three-year file with the Hornets is 29-7. The 54-year-old runs a productive and entertaining offense, has Pac-12 expertise as a former Cal assistant and offensive coordinator at Utah and is common amongst followers.
But Justin Wilcox is not going anyplace, so there isn’t any teaching job out there for Taylor at Berkeley. Wilcox’s contract with Cal, prolonged final offseason, ties him to this system by way of 2027 and could be too costly to pay even when the administration wished to. . . which it doesn’t.
If the timing does not work out for a Taylor-Cal reunion, might Stanford have an interest?
As famous by The Athletic, Stanford had good success the final time it employed a coach from the FCS stage. Jim Harbaugh, who got here from the University of San Diego, was 20-6 in his last two seasons at The Farm earlier than taking the 49ers job.
The Cardinal could have loads of choices. Stanford isn’t a straightforward place due to lecturers, clearly, but additionally associated points, together with the switch portal and identify, picture and likeness. Money isn’t a problem for Stanford.
Shaw was Stanford’s head coach for 12 seasons after working beneath Harbaugh for 4 years. He gained 96 video games at his alma mater — a program file — and three Pac-12 titles.
But Stanford was 3-9 over the previous two seasons and 14-28 for the reason that begin of 2019. The Cardinal was winless in November this season and final.
Taylor will take an FBS teaching job as quickly as one he likes is obtainable. My guess is that will probably be sooner somewhat than later. He’s joyful at Sac State, however it will be silly to suppose he’ll keep there perpetually just because he grew up within the state capital.
Whether Stanford sees that as a solution is unknown. It could be shocking if they do not at the very least give it a glance. The Cardinal might appeal to Cal followers by hiring Taylor, however there are too many potential the candidates.
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Here’s a splash of them:
–Chris PetersenThe 58-year-old Northern California native and former Boise State and Washington coach, who was 147-38 earlier than retiring in 2019 attributable to burnout
–Bill O’Brien53, Alabama offensive coordinator and former Penn State and Houston Texans coach
–Dave ArandaThe 46-year-old Baylor coach and native Californian with expertise as a defensive specialist at Wisconsin and LSU
– Bronco Mendenhall56, former Virginia and BYU coach and Oregon State graduate
– Derek Mason53, Oklahoma State’s defensive coordinator and a former Stanford assistant
– Mike BloomgrenRice, 45, the pinnacle coach and former Stanford assistant
–Greg Roman50, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator and former assistant with Stanford and 49ers
–Jay HillThe 47-year-old is 68-38 in 9 seasons as the pinnacle coach at Weber State
–Tom Hermana 47-year-old native of California and former Texas coach
–Mike Elkowho’s 8-4 in his first season at age 45 as the pinnacle coach at Duke
–Dave Clawson55, Wake Forest coach, who has no West Coast ties
–Troy Walters45, former Stanford participant who served as UCF’s offensive coordinator and coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.
–Ryan WaltersThe 36-year-old defensive coordinator at Illinois who grew up in Los Angeles and performed in Colorado
–Pep Hamilton48, offensive coordinator of the Houston Texans and a former prime assistant at Stanford beneath Harbaugh
Cover picture of Troy Taylor courtesy of Sacramento State Athletics
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