Hometown: Kinston, N.C.
Age:50 (will turn 51 on Dec. 30)
Noteworthy: 1977 graduate of Michigan State … Before becoming Stanford’s head coach, he was an assistant at Central Michigan (1978-79), Michigan State (1980-82), North Carolina State (1983-1985), Rice (1986-1988), Stanford (1989-91) and with the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings (1992-94). … Took Stanford to four bowl games in seven seasons, including Rose Bowl after 1999 season. … Twice named Pac-10 coach of the year (1995, 1999) … Was the first coach in Notre Dame history to win 10 games in his inaugural season. Was recognized for his efforts when named the ESPN/Home Depot College Coach of the Year and the Scripps College Coach of the Year. … In 2002, took Fighting Irish to Gator Bowl and was named The Sporting News Sportsman of the Year.