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Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Posted on: January 7, 2011 3:39 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2011 10:36 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
J. Harbaugh (US Presswire)
UPDATE 4:30 p.m. ET: According to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, Harbaugh’s deal is for five years, $25 million. If this is true, then the 49ers did NOT increase their offer to Harbaugh after he was reportedly close to sticking with Stanford.


The AP is reporting that Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh will sign a five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. A press conference has been scheduled for Friday 6:30 p.m. ET.  

This is a somewhat long-expected move for Harbaugh, albeit one that had plenty of twists and turns towards the end. Harbaugh and the Niners brass met for five hours on Wednesday. Late Thursday, Stanford reportedly upped its offer to try and keep the head coach. On Friday, whispers about Harbaugh going to Michigan resurfaced. Earlier in the week, the Denver Broncos expressed interest – and obviously not as much interest as the Miami Dolphins, who sent their top men to California for a face-to-face meeting.

In the end, all the drama only helped to raise Harbaugh’s value. We don’t yet know exactly what that value is, but we do know that by choosing San Francisco, Harbaugh at least saves himself the cost of moving and buying a new house.

This may have been a closer call for the Niners than many realize. A Stanford source told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, "We thought we had Jim locked up last night but Jim wanted to sleep on it." Stanford may never let a head coach hit the hay again.

On the Niners’ side of things, let the discussion begin about whether this is the right hire. The initial chatter around the web seems to be saying YES! But very few college coaches successfully leap to the pro level. Harbaugh, of course, played in the NFL and was an assistant for the Raiders in 2002-03, so credibility and pro culture shouldn’t be issues. Still, Harbaugh is known for his demonstrative style and somewhat cutting personality. College players willingly deal with that. But multimillionaire pros?

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Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 3:59 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

If you are a fan of college football in general, this has to hurt.  If you are a fan of UM or Stanford, it has to hurt real bad.  I knew Stanford was too small of a pond for Harbaugh, but evidently, so was UM.  Harbaugh may end up like a lot of former college coaches and realize he made a mistake by going to the NFL and return to college, but I have my doubts about that.  I think the guy can coach at any level, and we will know soon enough. 

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 3:57 pm

Harbaugh vs. Carroll


Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 3:56 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers


Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 3:53 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

So he's coaching college and pro football at the same time?

Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 3:52 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the Niners


Well, if this is true, the San Francisco 49ers just got better. Jim Harbaugh is a quality man. St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, and the Arizona Cardinals are in for a little Higher-class battle next season. Pete Carroll has to be worried. I can not believe Harbaugh will be using Alex Smith or Troy Smith as starter next season. If they let him tank it year one, he can Draft Andrew Luck and the rest will be history.


Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 3:52 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

If, after all of the BS of the past week, this guy ends up being a bum, I'm going to have to hurt many, many people.

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2011 3:52 pm

Jim Harbaugh picks the 49ers

Thank goodness the poor guy didn't saved himself the cost of moving and buying a new house!!! LOL

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