Is Stanford becoming a football superpower?

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Associated Press

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 3:00 PM

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — The diagram David Shaw has for the future of Stanford football is on a simple sheet of paper resting on the coach's desk.

The itinerary for this week: Wednesday at Palo Alto High School. Thursday in Ohio. Friday in New Jersey and Saturday at the Virginia state championship game. On Tuesday, assistants hit Northern California, Southern California, Houston, Louisiana and Ohio. Three of those coaches traveled to different places Wednesday.

As improbable as it once seemed, Shaw is finding ways to sustain Stanford's success in all the right places.

After last Friday's 27-24 victory over UCLA in the Pac-12 championship game, Shaw and his staff have something to sell recruits that most of college football's most storied programs can only imagine: three straight BCS bowl berths.

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