Stanford hires Sacramento State’s Troy Taylor to exchange David Shaw

Stanford employed Sacramento State coach Troy Taylor on Saturday to exchange David Shaw and lead a Pac-12 program that has fallen off dramatically not too long ago, with three dropping seasons within the final 4 years.

Taylor, 54, has spent the final 4 seasons as head coach at Sacramento State, main the Hornets to the FCS playoffs thrice. Sacramento State didn’t discipline a group throughout 2020 due to the pandemic.

Sacramento State went 30-8 with a 23-1 document in a troublesome Large Sky Convention underneath Taylor. The Hornets misplaced a wild quarterfinal playoff sport Friday evening, 66-63 towards Incarnate Phrase.

“The opportunity to lead the finest student-athletes in the country is truly a dream come true, and I would like to thank President [Marc] Tessier-Lavigne, Provost [Persis] Drell and [athletic director] Bernard Muir,” Taylor stated in a press release. “I believe that Stanford football is perfectly positioned to become champions on the football field while maintaining our world-class reputation for academic excellence.

Shaw stepped down last month after 12 seasons following the final game of a 3-9 season. The winningest coach in school history was struggling to change the trajectory of a program that was the predominant team in the Pac-12 during the first half of his tenure.

Stanford’s downfall coincides the loosening of transfer rules across major college football. The elite academic school is not able to add to its roster through transfers as easily as most of its competition in the Pac-12 and nationally.

Taylor, a native Californian, played quarterback for Stanford’s rival, Cal, and had a short NFL career in the early 1990s before getting into coaching at the high school and college levels.

“Troy is a confirmed winner who has skilled success at many ranges of soccer,” Muir said in a statement. “All through our visits collectively he demonstrated an understanding of what makes Stanford particular, and a deep need to capitalize on our distinctive strengths. He possesses an unimaginable soccer thoughts and has an extended historical past of caring deeply for the student-athletes he leads.”

Taylor was offensive coordinator at Utah in 2017-18 before landing his first head-coaching job at Sacramento State in 2019.

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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