ESPN’s Stanford Steve Is Fascinated By What’s Brewing In Eugene


When you think of the Pac-12 conference, there are numerous people you think of. One of them is “Stanford Steve” Coughlin of ESPN.

Stanford Steve is going to be a full time member on ESPN’s College Gameday this season for the college football season and he joined John Canzano on Friday on 750 The Game.

The duo discussed on the impact of the Pac-12 dissolving on Stanford and the remaining four schools, and what it says about the overall health of the sport of college football.

After that, the focus turned to the upcoming season. And Stanford Steve can’t wait to see what will happen with the Oregon Ducks.

“I think Oregon is in a fascinating situation,” he told Canzano. “This is the stuff I really look at. The connection with Kenny Dillingham and Bo Nix. Nix was as good as he’s ever been with Dillingham calling the plays. And now you’re new guy (Will Stein) comes in. How much do you change?”

Coughlin played for Stanford in 1999, a team that went to a Rose Bowl. So he knows how important an offensive coordinator is, especially if he’s new. Coughlin wonders what Will Stein is going to do with Bo Nix after Nix had a great year last season.

“He’s going to put his stamp on things,” Coughlin said. “But when you look at what Bo Nix does, you can’t alter much. I think you’re kind of handcuffed.” Coughlin added, “You got to play to what your strengths are, and Dillingham got that out of Bo Nix. I think that’s a fascinating situation to watch.”

With all the questions for Oregon, Stanford Steve thinks a lot could be answered early on.

“I think that a huge game  — for the conference especially — is Oregon heading to Lubbock in week two.”

The Ducks open the season Sept. 2nd vs Portland State before that road trip to Texas Tech.

Listen to the whole interview with ESPN’s Stanford Steve by clicking the podcast below.

Catch the Bald Faced Truth with John Canzano weekdays 3-6 pm exclusively on 750 The Game.