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Staff changes: Stanford

3/7/2011

Only Oregon and Washington didn't experience any staff turnover this offseason, so we're running through the staff changes for the other 10 Pac-12 teams.

Next up is Stanford (we're skipping Oregon State for now because its lone vacancy at running backs coach has yet to be filled). The Cardinal saw head coach Jim Harbaugh bolt for the San Francisco 49ers and the promotion of offensive coordinator David Shaw to Harbaugh's former post.

Team in parenthesis is where the departing coach ended up.

Out

Jim Harbaugh, head coach (San Francisco 49ers)

In

David Shaw, head coach (formerly Cardinal offensive coordinator)

Out

Greg Roman, associate head coach (San Francisco 49ers)

Shaw, offensive coordinator/running backs

In

Pep Hamilton, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks/receivers

Mike Sanford, running backs

Out

Vic Fangio, defensive coordinator (San Francisco 49ers)

In

Derek Mason, associate head coach/co-defensive coordinator

Jason Tarver, co-defensive coordinator/inside linebackers

Out

Tim Drevno, offensive line (San Francisco 49ers)

In

Mike Bloomgren, offensive line/running game coordinator

Reaction: Stanford still has a vacancy at tight ends coach. Defensive line coach Randy Hart, special teams coordinator Brian Polian and OLBs coach/recruiting coordinator Lance Anderson also were retained from Harbaugh's 2010 staff. Hamilton and Mason were promoted from within; Hamilton was receivers coach last season, while Mason coached the secondary. Sanford, Tarver and Bloomgren were outside hires. They came from Western Kentucky, the 49ers and the New York Jets. By promoting from within, Shaw ensured continuity from a highly successful 2010 season. His outside hires have an NFL flavor, which players tend to respect. Sanford, a former Cardinal offensive assistant in 2007 and 2008, was quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator at Western Kentucky last season. The loss of Harbaugh, who rebuilt the program from the ground-up, shook Stanford fans, but the departures of Roman, a creative offensive mind, particularly in the running game, and Fangio, who adopted a highly effective 3-4-hyrbid scheme, are nearly as big. Can the Cardinal maintain and even build on their recent momentum? That's the big question for Shaw and his staff.