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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Texans candidate watch: David Shaw

By Tania Ganguli

Anyone who follows college football has heard that "I'm not leaving, I love it here, I swear" refrain from coaches who then bolt for a different job months, weeks or even days later.

It's best to be skeptical when a coach says that. But it's also important to consider what factors might have an impact on said coach.

When John McClain of the Houston Chronicle wrote that Stanford coach David Shaw would be a candidate for the Texans, Jon Wilner, who covers Stanford for the San Jose Mercury News, tweeted: "Saw news reports that Stanford HC David Shaw is on Texans' short list: No chance. 1 minute spent on Shaw is 1 minute wasted."

Shaw might leave Stanford one day, but those who cover him don't see that happening now.

Here's why: Unlike his predecessor, Jim Harbaugh, Shaw went to Stanford and wants to win a national title there. Given the teams he's fielded, it's not unreasonable to think he could do it, especially with a four-team playoff. He wants to raise his kids in Palo Alto. And the total power he has at Stanford is something he absolutely would not get in the NFL, which he rebuffed last year.

Can the Texans try? Sure. And Shaw does fit Bob McNair's wish list of a coach with NFL experience and head-coaching experience.

So let's get to know Shaw's history a bit better: