Former Cowboys coach Jason Garrett a finalist for Stanford head coach opening: Sources

Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has emerged as a finalist for the Stanford head coaching job, multiple sources with knowledge of the search process said. The athletic on Thursday. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Garrett, who spent this season as a color analyst for NBC’s Notre Dame games, nearly became head coach at Duke last season, but the job went to Mike Elko.
  • Sacramento State coach Troy Taylor is among the other finalists, sources said.
  • Candidates the school spoke to who are no longer in the running include former BYU and Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman and former Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio.


Stanford has conducted interviews with numerous candidates since longtime Cardinal coach David Shaw announced his resignation on Nov. 27. It’s unclear how many other candidates are still in the mix.

Garrett went 85-67 in Dallas from 2010 to 2019 and was then hired as the New York Giants’ offensive coordinator in 2020. He was fired for 10 games in the 2021 season. He joined NBC Sports last April.

Shaw, Stanford’s coach from 2011 to 2022, stepped down after the Cardinal’s final game of the 3-9 season. He was the school’s all-time winningest coach at 96–54, but losing records in three of his last four seasons.

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