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Shaw, Stanford agree on contract extension

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Stanford coach David Shaw agreed to a long-term contract extension, the university announced Wednesday.

Financial terms or the length of the deal were not announced..

"This agreement provides added stability and reassurance that David will be at the helm to secure our football program's long-term sustained success," new Stanford athletic director Bernard Muir said.

Shaw, 40, is completing his second year as Stanford's head coach after four years as the Cardinal's offensive coordinator. He replaced Jim Harbaugh, who left for the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL.

"I feel blessed to work every day with an outstanding staff and coach the best group of young men in America and I am excited to lead the Stanford football program for many years to come," Shaw said.

In his two seasons, Shaw has guided Stanford to Fiesta and Rose bowl berths. This year's team (11-2) won the Pac-12 championship and will play Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. He twice has been named Pac-12 coach of the year.

Stanford, ranked sixth in final regular-season BCS standings, is one four teams in BCS conferences to win 34 or more games in the past three seasons, joining Oregon (35), LSU (34) and Alabama (34).

"David Shaw has led the football program to great success," Stanford president John Hennessy said. "He embodies the goal we have for our scholar-athletes -- success in the classroom and on the field. We are pleased that he will lead our football program for years to come."

There has been speculation that Shaw, a former NFL assistant with Philadelphia, Oakland and Baltimore, might be a candidate for NFL head-coaching job.

Shaw is a former Stanford receiver who graduated in 1995 with a degree in sociology.
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