Walt Harris Is Out

Stanford first-year athletic director Bob Bowlsby met with and fired second-year football head coach Walt Harris this morning. The Cardinal on Saturday finished a sour 1-11 season and are now looking for a new leader for its flagship program for the second time in 24 months.

During a 9am (PST) meeting with Bob Bowlsby that lasted half an hour, Stanford Football head coach Walt Harris was fired today.  The Cardinal coach on Saturday completed his second year at Stanford with its losingest season in season in school history and a 1-11 record.  Harris totaled a 6-17 record in his two years.  He delivered some improvement for the program in his first season, with a 5-6 record and three narrow losses in the final minute which would have propelled Stanford to their first bowl game since 2001.

But the wheels fell off for Harris and Stanford this season, losing his first nine games in a long and painful season.  The closest the Cardinal came to competing through a full four quarters in any of those losses came in Week Two at San Jose State.  Stanford blew a 34-14 lead and were outscored 21-0 by the Spartans in a stunning loss.  Harris and Stanford ironically also lost their second game as huge favorites in 2005, at home versus transitional Division I-AA UC Davis.

Injuries upended Stanford and the offense early in the 2006 season, but the entirety of the team's performance in all three phases of the game contributed to blowout losses throughout the year.  That included losing all five home games in the Cardinal's spectacular new stadium by a combined 167-33 margin.

Stanford has now suffered through five straight losing seasons, and Bowlsby will soon hire the Cardinal's fourth head coach in the last six years.  He will first meet with the breadth of the Stanford Football team in an emergency meeting scheduled for 11am.  Bob Bowlsby is just months into this job at Stanford, having taken reins of the Stanford Athletic Department less than six months ago.  He previously was the athletic director at Iowa, hiring Kirk Ferentz and helping to build a football program that appeared in four straight January bowl games through last season.

Stay tuned to The Bootleg for more details on Harris' ouster and Bowlsby's upcoming moves to bring new leadership and direction to Stanford Football.

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