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Stanford promotes David Shaw to head coach

Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby announced on Thursday that offensive coordinator David Shaw was being promoted to head coach.

Shaw takes over for Jim Harbaurgh, who led Stanford to a 12-1 record and Orange Bowl win over Virginia Tech this season. Harbaugh left Stanford last week and is now head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

Shaw, 38, was a wide receiver at Stanford from 1991-94. He has also had three coaching stints in NFL, serving as an assistant with Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens.

"David Shaw is exactly the right person to lead our football program at this time," Bowlsby said. "David has the experience, intellect, coaching skills and organizational abilities to be a tremendous head coach. He understands and embraces the combination of world class academics and world class athletics that is required at Stanford."

Shaw will also have star quarterback Andrew Luck back. Luck, who will be a favorite to win the Heisman Trophy next season, recently announced that he was bypassing the NFL to return for another season at Stanford.

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