Any speculation David Shaw could be the latest Stanford coach to jump to the NFL is over at least for now.
Shaw agreed to a "long-term contract extension" Wednesday that will keep him with his alma mater beyond the two years left on his remaining deal. Terms of the contract, including the years, were not announced by the school.
New athletic director Bernard Muir said the "agreement provides added stability and reassurance that David will be at the helm to secure our football program's long-term sustained success."
"I feel blessed to work every day with an outstanding staff and coach the best group of young men in America," Shaw said, "and I am excited to lead the Stanford football program for many years to come."
Shaw has won back-to-back Pacific-12 Conference Coach of the Year awards since taking over for Jim Harbaugh, who left for the 49ers after starting Stanford's resurgence. The Cardinal finished 11-2 last season after a loss in the Fiesta Bowl and won the conference title this year for the first time since 1999.
No. 8 Stanford (11-2) will play in the Rose Bowl against Big Ten winner Wisconsin (8-5) on Jan. 1.
The Cardinal has won at least 11 games each of the past three years. The program had won 10 games only three times before (1992, 1940 and 1926).
Stanford also is the only school to be in the Top 10 of the Associated Press poll and U.S. News & World Report's academic rankings the past three years, something Shaw and his coaches have used to separate themselves on the recruiting trail.
Shaw's second season has perhaps been even more impressive than his first.
Shaw helped Stanford overcome the departure of No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Luck, seamlessly made a midseason quarterback change from Josh Nunes to redshirt freshman Kevin Hogan and overtook Oregon to win the league's North Division crown. After beating UCLA 27-24 in the Pac-12 title game Nov. 30, Shaw has taken the Cardinal to a place Harbaugh and even the late Hall of Famer Bill Walsh never could: the Rose Bowl.
Shaw, 40, had been an assistant in the NFL for Philadelphia, Oakland and Baltimore before joining Harbaugh as an assistant at the University of San Diego. He joined Harbaugh at Stanford in 2007 and coached receivers and running backs while also serving as offensive coordinator for four years.
Shaw often credits coaching mentors Jon Gruden, Brian Billick, Ray Rhodes, Dennis Green, Tyrone Willingham, Harbaugh and Walsh, among others.
Nobody, though, has had a greater impact on his life and career than his father, Willie, a retired NFL and college assistant who had two stints as a Stanford position coach and was a finalist for the Cardinal head coaching job in 1992 before Walsh decided to return at the last minute.
Cal New coach Sonny Dykes said all practices will be open to fans and media, starting with spring practice in late February.
"We don't have any secrets," Dykes said. "The thing is, people can watch our film, they can rewind it, fast forward it, make cutups, all that stuff. I don't know why you wouldn't want someone to be able to come and watch."
His predecessor, Jeff Tedford, opened only a handful of practices to fans during spring ball and fall camp but kept them closed once the season started.
Dykes also announced that Wisconsin linebackers coach Andy Buh has been hired as defensive coordinator.
Coach of the Year For leading the Fighting Irish to the BCS championship for the first time, Brian Kelly was voted Associated Press college football Coach of the Year.
Kelly received 25 votes from the AP college football poll panel. Penn State's Bill O'Brien was second with 14 votes. Stanford's Shaw (four), Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin (three), Kansas State's Bill Snyder (two) and Alabama's Nick Saban (one) also received votes.
Kelly is the first Notre Dame coach to win the AP award, which started in 1998.
Forbes Top 20 Texas has the most valuable college football program in the nation, according to Forbes magazine's annual listing of the Top 20 programs.
Forbes released its college football evaluations Wednesday. The magazine says the Longhorns are worth $133 million, up from $129 million last year.
Michigan ($120 million) was No. 2, followed by Notre Dame ($103 million). The rest of the top 10 consisted of SEC schools. Alabama ($95 million) was sixth.