Calls for Stanford to fire David Shaw grow after miserable first half vs. Washington State
Stanford could not have had a worse half of football against Washington State Saturday afternoon, and when the game went to break with the Cardinal trailing 42-7, social media was inundated with calls to fire head coach David Shaw.
Stanford has been bad this season, opening up 1-4 before back-to-back wins over Notre Dame (on the road) and Arizona State quieted things down. A week ago, the Cardinal lost 38-13 to UCLA in a game they simply did not look competitive in. On Saturday at home, Stanford went three-and-out on its first two possessions and fumbled the ball four more times before halftime.
Washington State score 42 first-half points, more points than it had scored in any full game this season prior to Saturday. They averaged 9.6 yards a run and 7.4 yards a play. Wazzu tailback Nakia Watson had 13 carries for 158 yards in the first half. Stanford, down its top four running backs and sending out a converted safety to run the ball, had 52 rushing yards as a team.
The Cardinal has been allergic to scoring this season. It was again in the first half against Washington State. At halftime, Stanford has managed just three offensive touchdowns in its previous 13 quarters of football.
And fans seem to be fed up.
Anyone and everyone was left asking the same question: how does Shaw — one of college football’s highest-paid coaches — still have his job?
— Dingus Khan (@Cougsky) November 5, 2022
Fire Lance Anderson
Fire Tavita Pritchard
FIRE DAVID SHAW.
This team has SO MUCH potential, but not with these coaches.
— Stanford Football Updates (@stanfballupdate) November 5, 2022
— Wayne Hawkins (@younghawkster) November 5, 2022
how is David Shaw still employed
— jr (@jrjarrell4) November 5, 2022
Weekly David Shaw is stealing money reminder
— Jason Scheer (@jasonscheer) November 5, 2022
This might be the season that does it for David Shaw at Stanford. It's brutal watching their games man.
— 𝗙𝗢𝗟𝗟𝗢𝗪 @𝗙𝗧𝗕𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗱𝟳 (@FTBeard7) November 5, 2022
This is a game that may finally do it for David Shaw at Stanford. https://t.co/G99l4ZjLst
— Bonta Hill (@BontaHill) November 5, 2022
How is Shaw still employed for Stanford?
Like I get Stanford isn't easy to coach at, but my god they are embarrassing.
— Digital DAM 🦫 (@TheDigitalDam) November 5, 2022
Stanford has 7 points, 9 first downs and 4 lost fumbles. The Card have fumbled more times than they’ve punted…
But what do you expect from Shaw? All he’s got is a very high budget and a built-in academic recruiting advantage. How can he be expected to compete with WSU?
— Leah (@uwleah) November 5, 2022
Stanford is really, really bad at football. Didn't think I'd say that about a David Shaw coached team. Not good, sure, that happens. But that team is doodoo.
— Christopher Crawford (@Crawford_MILB) November 5, 2022
David Shaw is a top 10 paid coach in CFB. Unacceptable. pic.twitter.com/Hzfcfgb9uS
— Unnecessary Roughness (@UnnecRoughness) November 5, 2022
The goal? Land a job with the security David Shaw has. I've heard that Stanford is bad and I've *said* Stanford is bad, but that may have been one of the worst halves of football I've ever seen. Making WSU look like Georgia, I love it. #GoCougs
— Aaron Polevoi (@aaronpolevoi) November 5, 2022