The Farm decided to stay in-house Thursday by hiring David Shaw to be Stanford’s next football coach. Shaw, who served as offensive coordinator the past two seasons for the Cardinal this past season, takes over a loaded squad, highlighted by Heisman favorite Andrew Luck.

There was some speculation that Stanford would look to land a big name in the wake of Jim Harbaugh leaving Palo Alto to become coach of the San Francisco 49ers, but athletic director Bob Bowlsby felt Shaw was a perfect fit.

“David Shaw is exactly the right person to lead our football program at this time,” he said in a statement. “David has the experience, intellect, coaching skills and organizational abilities to be a tremendous head coach. He understands and embraces the combination of world class academics and world class athletics that is required at Stanford.”

David Shaw Selected to be Next Football Coach at Stanford