Shaw angry over targeting reversal on UW cornerback

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Stanford’s Bryce Love, who scored three times, runs through the attempted arm tackle of Washington’s Connor O’Brien. Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, Associated Press

Washington cornerback Austin Joyner was initially called for targeting on a hit to Stanford wide receiver Connor Wedington in the second quarter of Friday’s Pac-12 game at Stanford. The call was reversed on a replay review, which Cardinal head coach David Shaw hotly contested.

It appeared that Joyner hit Wedington with his shoulder rather than his helmet, but because the hit was to the head and neck, the targeting call would have been justified. Both players appeared groggy after the play. Wedington had to leave the game.

Targeting calls have been a major issue in college football this year, because, in many cases, they’re so hard to call. And the penalty — automatic ejection, plus 15 yards — is so severe that many coaches think there should be a distinction between purposeful targeting and inadvertent but dangerous contact with the helmet.

The man behind the legend: Shaw laughed when asked recently if America’s youth football leagues should be renamed “David Shaw Football” when he surpasses Pop Warner’s Stanford record for coaching wins.

With Friday’s victory, Shaw matched the 71 that Warner had at Stanford from 1924-32. But who exactly was Pop Warner?

For starters, he coached four national championship teams: Pittsburgh in 1915, 1916, and 1918 and Stanford in 1926. His overall record was 319-106-32. Until Bear Bryant, Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden came along, he had the most wins of any coach in major-college football history.

Among his many football innovations were the three-point stance, the trap play, the bootleg play, the screen pass and the body block, in addition to the formations that led to the modern spread and shotgun formations.

A native of Western New York, he was the son of a cavalry officer in the Civil War. Because he spent so much time as a cowboy, with a sideline of betting on horse races, he was one of the oldest students when he entered Cornell. Hence his nickname.

He hadn’t played high school football and, in fact, had never handled one when the Cornell head coach looked at his muscular physique on a train ride and invited him to join the team. He played guard for four years.

Warner went on to become head coach at Iowa State, Georgia, Cornell, the Carlisle Indian Industrial School (where his star player was Jim Thorpe) and Pitt before coming to Stanford. On the Farm, he coached the great fullback Ernie Nevers. Warner later coached at Temple and San Jose State.

Oh captain: Stanford’s honorary captain for the game was A.J. Hinch, manager of the World Series champion Houston Astros.

Tom FitzGerald is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

Stanford schedule

Date

Opponent

Result/

Time

Aug. 26

vs. Rice

W, 62-7

Sept. 9

at USC

L, 42-14

Sept. 16

at SDSU

L, 20-17

Sept. 23

vs. UCLA

W, 58-34

Sept. 30

vs. Ariz. St.

W, 34-24

Oct. 7

at Utah

W, 23-20

Oct. 14

vs. Oregon

W, 49-7

Oct. 26

at Oregon St.

W, 15-14

Nov. 4

at Wash. St.

L, 24-21

Nov. 10

vs. Wash.

W, 30-22

Nov. 18

vs. Cal

TBD

Nov. 25

vs. N. Dame

TBD

Date

Opponent

Result/

Time

Aug. 26

vs. Rice

W, 62-7

Sept. 9

at USC

L, 42-14

Sept. 16

at SDSU

L, 20-17

Sept. 23

vs. UCLA

W, 58-34

Sept. 30

vs. Ariz. St.

W, 34-24

Oct. 7

at Utah

W, 23-20

Oct. 14

vs. Oregon

W, 49-7

Oct. 26

at Oregon St.

W, 15-14

Nov. 4

at Wash. St.

L, 24-21

Nov. 10

vs. Wash.

W, 30-22

Nov. 18

vs. Cal

TBD

Nov. 25

vs. N. Dame

TBD

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