Stanford Next Coach Odds: Chris Petersen early favorite

The Stanford Cardinal have a prestigious football program chock full of history, but it is also presents unique challenges for whoever replaces David Shaw.Among them is the extremely high academic standards, middling football facilities and the uncertain future makeup of the Pac-12 Conference.Shaw stepped away late Saturday after 12 seasons. The program he left behind has increasingly struggled to be competitive, winning just three games in each of the past two seasons.Can Stanford attract a marquee name to spearhead a new era, or will the Cardinal have to dive into the pool of promising young assistant coaches?Former Boise State and Washington head coach Chris Petersen has been installed as the 3-1 favorite by to be the Cardinal’s next coach. With Petersen’s strong West Coast ties and successful background rebuilding programs, he will likely remain the favorite until he says he’s not interested in the job.The next shortest odds belong to an interesting potential candidate in Troy Taylor, who is being offered at 4-1. A former quarterback for Stanford’s bitter rival Cal, Taylor led FCS program Sacramento State to an 11-0 record this season and a No. 2 national ranking leading into the playoffs.Stanford Next Coach Odds:Chris Petersen, 3-1Troy Taylor, 4-1Bronco Mendenhall, 5-1Mike Bloomgren, 6-1Brent Brennan, 7-1Derek Mason, 8-1Tom Herman, 10-1Bill O’Brien, 11-1Greg Roman, 12-1Troy Walters, 14-1