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AD: School obligated to decide by weekend

11/28/2004 - Stanford Cardinal

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The fate of Stanford coach Buddy
Teevens will be decided this week.

"We are still working on it. We're in the process. If Buddy
stays, we'll make an announcement. We know there are questions out
there," athletic director Ted Leland said Sunday while watching
the Stanford women's basketball team play Texas Tech.

Leland, who is a close personal friend of the coach's, met with
Teevens last week after the Cardinal's 41-6 loss to archrival
California in the Big Game to finish their second straight 4-7
season.

Stanford has six recruits coming to campus next weekend, and
Leland said, "We're obligated to solve the issue by then."

Teevens, who is 48 and has two years left on his contract,
has a 10-23 record in three seasons since taking over the program
after Tyrone Willingham bolted for Notre Dame after the 2001
season. Teevens spent the three previous seasons on Steve
Spurrier's staff at Florida.

The season started well for Stanford. The Cardinal were 3-1,
including a 31-28 loss to No. 1 Southern California on Sept. 25 at
home. That was the first of five narrow losses for the Cardinal.

But Stanford again slumped late. The Cardinal are 0-13 down the
stretch under Teevens.

Leland said he has seen progress in the football program despite
the frustrating finish. That's what has made this decision
especially hard.

"In one way, it's part of my normal evaluations. My job is to
evaluate all our programs," Leland said. "This is difficult
because the team gave such a heartfelt effort this year and Coach
Teevens is such a wonderful guy."

A call to Teevens' home Sunday was not immediately returned.