David Shaw sat in a chair speaking to a round table of reporters about his Stanford team's upcoming game against Southern California this week. At the same time, Lane Kiffin was talking to writers on a conference call from Los Angeles when someone asked about the relationship between the young coaches, given the hostility that surrounded their predecessors.
''It's a little more friendly rivalry,'' Kiffin said, sarcastically, ''a little more respectful than it was for the last couple of head coaches.''
Kiffin's comments immediately spread across social media, countless blogs and websites. In a matter of minutes, Shaw was asked if he had a response.
''My response is, `Thanks, Lane,''' Shaw said, laughing, crossing his arms on the table and putting his head down and trying to regain his composure. ''I don't have a response to that. Lane and I get along very well. We would love to beat each other. But at the same time, he and I, we're fine.''
At least for now.
If history has shown ...