|In 2006, Stanford was 1-10|
Shaw, an alum and former player, informs the audience that Stanford was unwilling to compromise its standards. They would not be a school that took the word "student" out of "student-athletes." They were not willing to sell-out in order to compete. One need not be at the cost of the other.
|Head Coach, David Shaw knows Stanford Football|
Make no mistake about it. Compromise in some realms is absolutely necessary—in a marriage, in our government and more. But the compromise of which both Liddell and Shaw speak is of that of upholding a standard you set and maintaining it with integrity. What is the principle by which you live your life? What is the foundation that grounds your decisions and governs your work?
That standard set by Stanford University is one of excellence. Finding a great student athlete requires nothing less than what excellence demands—hard work, patience, wisdom and insight. Shaw and his staff committed to traveling far and wide, high and low to find the athlete who is as competitive on the football field and he is in the classroom. He reveals that the type of student who is interested in Stanford is inherently competitive and the best way to motivate him is to tell him he can't do it. He believes Stanford can. They have.
|Shaw gives credit to Dennis Green and Jim Harbaugh for the program of success down at the Farm.|
The world will tell you to compromise, but we need to see the examples that will help us to consider otherwise. Thank you David Shaw. Go Cardinal (except for on November 30 vs. ND!)