SAN JOSE -- The specially equipped iPads that contain Stanford's digital playbooks can be wiped clean remotely if they're lost or suspected of falling into the wrong hands. But there's no guarding the Cardinal's innermost secrets this week.
San Jose State coach Mike MacIntyre, whose game plan caused problems for Stanford in the season opener, is close friends with Duke's David Cutcliffe, who faces the No. 25 Cardinal on Saturday.
Yes, MacIntyre and Cutcliffe have talked.
"The things that gave us trouble, we anticipate seeing this week," Stanford coach David Shaw said.
There's nothing improper about coaches discussing a common opponent. It happens all the time in college football, and Stanford has taken the situation into account while designing its game plan.
But it's unusual for a team to play back-to-back games against opponents whose head coaches are as close as MacIntyre and Cutcliffe.
"He's my mentor," said MacIntyre, who was an assistant on Cutcliffe's staff before taking the San Jose State job in December 2009. "I talk to him once a week."
"We probably talked a little more this week."
"You can see everything on film. It's not a 'Do this, do that' situation. You talk specifics once in a while, but it's not like I faxed him my game plan."
Stanford faced the same predicament last year. It thumped the Spartans in the opener, then beat Duke by 30 -- but only after a difficult
Asked if he provided Cutcliffe any pertinent information, MacIntyre smiled: "I told him (tight end) Coby Fleener was fast."
Duke's insider knowledge is hardly Stanford's chief concern this week. It experienced a litany of breakdowns in communication and execution in the closer-than-expected victory over SJSU.
"It's hard to point and say, 'There's the problem. There's the problem,' " Shaw explained. "We can't switch one guy out and be better. It's a combination of a lot of tiny things that make you feel just ... blah."
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