Stanford strength and conditioning coach Shannon Turley will be staying at Stanford, after initial reports said Turley would take over as Jim Harbaugh's strength at conditioning coach at the University of Michigan.
Turley apparently had the option to reunite with his former boss in Ann Arbor, as the Cardinal's S&C coach came to the Farm along with Harbaugh in 2007 from the University of San Diego.
Turley is credited with bringing the Cardinal's sports performance standards to a new level, as well as reducing injury rates by a massive proportion, which helped give Stanford an on-field advantage as the program rose to previously unknown heights.
Turley's unique training regimens, which focused on flexibility and functional strength, were profiled in the New York Times and Men's Health, as well as on this site and many others.
Related: How Stanford's strength and conditioning under Shannon Turley impacts the Cardinal on the field
In related news, Harbaugh is reportedly also trying to lure Stanford defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator Lance Anderson to Michigan as well. Anderson has been with the program since 2007 as well, and he also worked under Harbaugh at the University of San Diego. In Anderson's 1st year as defensive coordinator, the Cardinal finished 2nd nationally in scoring defense.
The news that Turley will leave the program was met with expressions of shock and disbelief from current and former players, until freshman defensive lineman Harrison Phillips tweeted that Turley would be staying. This was followed by a cryptic tweet from the official Stanford football account.
And I'm happy to STILL have the greatest strength coach in football. Can't wait to grind with my teammates and Coach Turley this winter.— Harrison Phillips (@horribleharry66) January 5, 2015
The Cardinal. Is. Strong. #gostanford pic.twitter.com/hYnIeku9CX— Stanford Football (@StanfordFball) January 5, 2015