Stanford coach David Shaw on Monday lauded Michigan State's Mark Dantonio for the decision last week to suspended star linebacker Max Bullough for the Rose Bowl following a violation of team rules.

"Being a head coach, it's your responsibility,'' Shaw said at a Rose Bowl news conference. "Actions like that, as a head coach, even help you in our locker room because guys know where the line is, and they know that nobody is bigger than the program.

"I applaud Coach Dantonio, because it doesn't happen everywhere. There are a lot of places where you get a slap on the wrist.''

Shaw recalled his decision to suspend Shayne Skov following the star linebacker's Feb. 2012 arrest for suspicion of DUI.

Skov was prohibited from participating in team activities that spring, sat out the first game of the season and was suspended from school for the 2013 winter academic quarter.

"There's your game-day leader," Shaw said, "your middle linebacker, the guy that sets your defense, the guy that tells everybody what to do -- in some respects the heartbeat of your defense . . .

"I'll tell you this: Shayne appreciated it. It's helped Shayne Skov grow and mature as a man as well as a football player."

  • Shaw has repeatedly stated that he has no interest in leaving Stanford. But he was asked about his possible interest in jumping to the NFL following a slew of firings on what's known as Black Monday.

    ESPN reported that the Redskins "inquired through (a) third party" about Shaw.

    "It's unbelievably flattering,'' said Shaw, who negotiated a long-term contract extension with Stanford last winter.

    "It continues to shed light on our program, so I don't mind that it keeps happening. I told our players it's a testament to what they've accomplished.

    "I have no desires to pursue another job. I have not and don't plan on interviewing with anybody."

  • At one point in his life, Shaw was a Michigan State fan.

    His father, Willie, coached defensive backs for the Lions from 1985-88, when Shaw was a teenager.

    "I liked Michigan and Michigan State," he said. "I was a rarity. I liked watching both teams play, had a lot of respect for both of those coaches."

    George Perles was Michigan State's coach at the time, while Bo Schembechler was in his final years with the Wolverines.

  • Former Stanford soccer star Julie Foudy will be an honorary captain for the Rose Bowl.

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