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Garrett to stay with NBC amid Stanford coaching interest

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Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett announced Thursday that he plans to stay at NBC despite being a finalist for Stanford's head coaching search.

"Thanks so much to (athletic director) Bernard Muir and everyone at Stanford," Garrett tweeted. "While I enjoyed exploring a great opportunity at such a special place, I'm so excited to continue my work at NBC on Football Night in America and with Notre Dame Football."

The announcement comes hours after Stewart Mandel of The Athletic reported that Garrett emerged as a finalist for the Cardinal coaching job. Sacramento State coach Troy Taylor is reportedly one of the other finalists.

Former BYU and Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman, and former Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio are no longer in the running after speaking to Stanford about the role, adds Mandel.

Garrett took over the Cowboys on an interim basis in 2010 and was given the full-time role after the season. He recorded an 85-67 record in Dallas but struggled to lead the team to postseason success, with just two wins in five playoff games.

Dallas fired the 56-year-old Garrett after the 2019 campaign. He was hired as the New York Giants' offensive coordinator ahead of the 2020 season but was fired 10 games into 2021. Garrett took a TV analyst job with NBC Sports in April. He joined the network's coverage of the Fighting Irish in August.

David Shaw, the Cardinal's all-time leader in wins, stepped down after 12 years in charge following a 3-9 finish.

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