Imagine Alabama’s football coach stepping to the podium at Southeastern Conference media days and saying, “in case you don’t know, my name is Nick Saban. I’m the head coach here at Alabama.”

Or Ohio State’s Urban Meyer doing the same at the Big Ten even and then spelling his name “U-R-B-A-N” to reporters.

Yet, one prominent west-coast coach, at his conference’s media day, actually considered pinning his name tag to his shirt.

“In case you don’t know, my name is David Shaw,” David Shaw said. “I’m the head coach here at Stanford. You never know if there’s people from out of town.”

This tells you all you need to know about Stanford, Shaw, the Pac 12, and why Cardinal football can’t swing the hammer hard enough to ring the bell at the county fair. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.