Stanford hasn't been a player in the Pac-12 in recent seasons. David Shaw had presided over the team since 2011. His tenure included highlights such as Rose Bowl and Sun Bowl victories, but failures in more recent seasons. Shaw resigned following a 3-9 2022 campaign, the program's third losing season in the last four years.
But if recent discussions result in a job offer, Stanford may be ready to bring in qualified coaching to reverse their losing ways.
According to Stewart Mandel of The Athletic- which was later confirmed by Ravens coach John Harbaugh- Stanford is in talks with Greg Roman about taking the position. Roman currently works as the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens.
Mandel noted that it's unclear how many candidates Stanford is assessing at this time, so perhaps expectations should be measured. Still, this report is a heartening sign for Stanford fans.
The 50-year-old Roman has a wealth of experience coaching at the NFL level dating back to 1995. While Roman has also coached at the high school and collegiate level (he was Stanford's tight ends coach in 2009), his CV stands out for years of work with the Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills, and Baltimore Ravens.
Roman's potential departure would be a difficult one for the Ravens to navigate, but this is a longstanding part of the game. Harbaugh understands that all too well, and he told the press Wednesday that he believes Roman's talks with Stanford to be preliminary.