Buddy Teevens Era Begins at Stanford

The Bootleg has learned that after a week of reacting to the unceremonious flight by Tyrone Willingham, and a week of searching and interviewing candidates, Stanford today has named Buddy Teevens the new head coach of the football program. Teevens was the tight ends coach and assistant offensive coordinator under Steve Spurrier this past fall.

Buddy Teevens has previously been the head coach at Tulane (1992-96), Dartmouth (1987-91) and Maine (1985-86). The greatest question mark will be his established winning record, which is not positive. Though he did go 26-22-2 at Dartmouth and 13-9 at Maine, he was 11-45 at Tulane. He has served as the offensive coordinator at Illinois from 1997-98 and has worked under Spurrier at Florida since 1999. Before his head coaching jobs, he was also an assistant at Boston University and DePauw University.

Steve Spurrier of course just resigned from Florida, which has created a cross-country vacuum of its own in search of a new coach. Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden (senior writer) has postulated that Teevens would be the top choice to replace Spurrier at Florida, should the program stay in-house.

Candidates under consideration through the Stanford search included former Oregon State and San Diego Chargers head coach Mike Riley, former Stanford assistant and current Illinois head coach Ron Turner, Cincinnati running backs coach Jim Anderson and former Washington Redskins head coach and San Diego Charger offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

Teevens is unconventional in his roots and history, which span up and down the East Coast and Southeast, but have not reached out to the West Coast. Tyrone Willingham, Bill Walsh and Denny Green all had previously coached at Stanford, while Buddy has not served a staff previously West of the Mississippi. Though his ties to Stanford have come through a degree of separation - serving as offensive coordinator to Ron Turner (former Stanford assistant) at Illinois, and working as head coach at Dartmouth under Ted Leland (then-Dartmouth AD).

Stanford is thought of as a West Coast program, though the consituency of the University and the football team has consistently had a very real national flavor. Of the 91 players in the program this past fall, 27 did come from California, and 15 from Western states (WA, OR, AZ, NM, ID, NV, UT, CO). But 49 players came from the rest of the country and Canada. Critical recruits in the current class still undecided hail from Texas, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Iowa, Ohio, Oklahoma, Canada and other states away from Stanford. Of course, the usual suspects are to be found in California, Washington, Arizona, Hawaii and other spots out West. But for a coach to come in at such a late date in the recruiting season, with the additional difficulties of navigating Stanford's admissions barriers and just three verbal commitments in the bag... a national guy might be a savior for this 2002 recruiting class.

The greater reason for hope, with just a few days remaining before Stanford's first grand recruiting weekend, is that Buddy Teevens is regarded as one of the very elite recruiters in all of college football. He was perhaps closer and more trusted than any other coach on Steve Spurrier's staff at Florida, which brought in blue chip talents on both sides of the ball. While at Tulane, he found and developed QB Shaun King. He recruited the cast of talent that Tommy Bowden took to an 11-0 record after Teevens' departure. While at Dartmouth, he found and developed QB Jay Fiedler. Stanford has a natural recruiting advantage with its elite academic offering, but conversely provides unique recruiting barriers. As part of this hiring, Teevens is expected to be one of the best recruiters to ever set foot on the Farm - to build upon the current level of success at Stanford.

Buddy Teevens was born in Pembroke, Massachusetts on October 1, 1956. He is a 1979 grad of Dartmouth, and comes to Stanford with his wife Kirsten and teenage children - Lindsay and Eugene. How will Buddy spend his 46th birthday? Preparing for Stanford's visit to South Bend to play Notre Dame and former Stanford coach Tyrone Willingham on the 5th...

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