Jim Harbaugh on Texas coaching rumors: 'Are you trying to be funny?'

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

For some reason, it appears as though 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is a potential candidate for the University of Texas football job (status update: that job is still being held by Mack Brown).

As such, it made sense that the 49ers beat writers, after his name has been bandied about in the last day or two, would ask Harbaugh about the possibility of his interest.

Which Harbaugh found laughable. Or he didn't find laughable. I'm not sure what he meant by this.

"Are you trying to be funny?" Harbaugh said after he was asked a question about Texas, via the San Jose Mercury News.

As the newspaper points out, Harbaugh is in the third year of a five-year, $25 million contract, and there was a report that Harbaugh "flat-out rejected" USC when it came after him after it fired Lane Kiffin.

"I don't ever talk about any job other than the one I have," Harbaugh said Thursday.

As my CBSSports.com colleague Will Brinson aptly put it, "There are only 32 NFL jobs. Guys who are having success like [Mike] Tomlin (despite the Steelers recent struggles he has a Super Bowl win and a pair of AFC championships) and Harbaugh aren't bolting the NFL for a college football gig. You could argue that the Texas job is better than some NFL jobs (maybe, say, the Texans?). That's fine. But the 49ers and Steelers jobs don't open up very often."

Right. It just seems unlikely that Harbaugh would get rid of his current job in order to go back to college. And seriously, I'm not even trying to be funny.

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