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Agent says Jim Harbaugh didn't meet with Raiders

In response to mounting reports and rumors that the Raiders have pursued Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, his agent claims that the Raiders and Harbaugh “did not meet recently.”

The report appears on National Football Post, a web site that agent Jack Bechta partially owns.

“There is no truth to the rumors that Jim Harbaugh or I have met with
the Raiders,” Bechta said.  “Further, Jim has not interviewed with nor
been offered the head coaching job of the Oakland Raiders.  Jim and Al
[Davis] have a very special relationship full of mutual respect. 
However, the rumors circulating are absolutely false.”

In fairness, the report is essentially a press release, given Bechta’s partial ownership of NFP. 

And, in reality, it’s critical for Harbaugh, via Bechta, to shoot down any reports regarding a possible departure from Stanford, given that recruiting season is reaching its final stages.  Otherwise, other schools vying for the kids Harbaugh hopes to sign to letters of intent in early February will use the lingering uncertainty against Harbaugh.

So, as a practical matter, the denial is roughly as valuable as a declaration that Harbaugh isn’t going to be the Alabama coach.

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19 Responses to “Agent says Jim Harbaugh didn't meet with Raiders”
  1. jreed says: Jan 21, 2010 8:22 PM

    Jim Harbaugh leaving Baltimore does not make any scene to me. He just got to B-more and has made himself a pretty good football team. Why would he turn around and start from scratch and rebuild the Raiders? Esp when we all know that Skeletor wont give him any freedom with the team!

  2. slipkid says: Jan 21, 2010 8:30 PM

    he’ll be sworn in as the new renfield shortly.

  3. gridirongeneral55 says: Jan 21, 2010 8:45 PM

    Unbelievable. You create these rumors, constantly support them, and perpetuate them. But yet flat out refuse to deny you are wrong or even could be wrong. What ever happen to the quality of your posts? The focus is just on quantity. Whatever makes your pockets fatter huh Florio? Who really cares about the truth anyway, it’s just the Raiders, right Florio?

  4. silverb65 says: Jan 21, 2010 8:59 PM

    Your kidden right jreed????
    JOHN Harbaugh is the HC in Baltmore!

  5. snnyjcbs says: Jan 21, 2010 9:04 PM

    What quality of posts?, they know if you want to get your hit totals up for a site the Raiders are a very good way to do it, not to mention the comments.

  6. 1nationraidernation says: Jan 21, 2010 9:14 PM

    oh you mean that BSPN was not correct, and Adam S. has become tainted by working there….oh well it’s amusing to read. Lets face the facts , the raiders never leak anything about anybody be it a player, draft, coach etc….when it is a done deal, then it is a done deal. All the rest is pure speculation

  7. Ravenmuscle says: Jan 21, 2010 9:19 PM

    Unbelievable that supposed football fans don’t know the difference between JIM Harbaugh and JOHN Harbaugh. JIM coaches Stanford and JOHN coaches the Baltimore Ravens.

  8. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Jan 21, 2010 9:33 PM

    Jack Betcha is a good guy and one of the better agents in the NFL.
    If Jack says that his client Jim Harbaugh has not spoken to Mr Davis and the Raiders to this point…I have to believe him.

  9. INVAIDUH says: Jan 21, 2010 9:49 PM

    Rumormill….
    It’s just that but you need some NEW rumors….
    You forgot “twisting in the wind” on this one.
    Same old, same old….ZZZzzzz.
    DUMP.

  10. stnmmc says: Jan 21, 2010 10:21 PM

    # jreed says: January 21, 2010 8:22 PM
    Jim Harbaugh leaving Baltimore does not make any scene to me. He just got to B-more and has made himself a pretty good football team. Why would he turn around and start from scratch and rebuild the Raiders? Esp when we all know that Skeletor wont give him any freedom with the team!
    ————————————————
    ….And why did Vladimir Lenin leave the Beattles?

  11. raidah55 says: Jan 21, 2010 10:27 PM

    Raiders 2010
    Tom Cable
    Vice President in Charge of Football Operations.
    Jim Harbaugh
    Head Coach
    Jim Fassel
    Offensive Coordinator
    Mike Waufle
    Defensive Line Coach
    Uncapped year
    JaMarcus Russell–Released
    Bruce Gradkowski–Starting QB
    Darren McFadden–WR
    Michael Bush, LaDamian Tomlinson, Justin Fargas, RB’s

  12. tatum32 says: Jan 21, 2010 11:21 PM

    Ploy to get more money out of Stanford, and to keep Cable….rumored to be joining Kiffin at USC the second he’s released.
    the irony would be for Davis to decide on Cable, and then for Cable to turn it down to go to SC.

  13. theTRUTHwillSETuFREE says: Jan 21, 2010 11:29 PM

    Like I was sayin……..told you so. giggle

  14. Coach Ripper says: Jan 21, 2010 11:45 PM

    By now everyone has learned you have to analyze every word in the press release (non-denial denial) so let’s do that. The report states neither the agent OR Jim Harbaugh have MET with Al Davis AND that Jim Harbaugh has not interviewed with or been offered the head coaching job with the Raiders. So… IF the Raiders had used the “back-channels” and telephoned Jim Harbaugh OR his agent and discussed the POSSIBILITY of the head coaching job, would the above disclaimer by the agent still hold water as being completely accurate? Of course. It didn’t say they had not TALKED (by telephone) hence the use of the word MET is accurate. And if they simply talked hypotheticals, the part about not being INTERVIEWED would also be accurate. Not saying the Raiders have done this BUT they COULD have and thus this non-denial denial would still be exactly accurate.

  15. dcrespo24 says: Jan 22, 2010 12:19 AM

    Florio – Why aren’t you reporting Seymour’s statements on a Boston radio station that he would like to re-sign with the Raiders?
    Is it because it would completely discredit your prior reporting of Seymour being unhappy with the trade that brought him to Oakland?
    By the way, have you read the CBA yet? you know the part that says the NFLPA can file a grievance on behalf of a player without the consent of a player.
    Damn man. Have some credibility for once when it comes to reporting on the Raiders.

  16. Raider B says: Jan 22, 2010 1:22 AM

    # jreed says: January 21, 2010 8:22 PM
    Jim Harbaugh leaving Baltimore does not make any scene to me. He just got to B-more and has made himself a pretty good football team. Why would he turn around and start from scratch and rebuild the Raiders? Esp when we all know that Skeletor wont give him any freedom with the team!
    ————————————————–
    Your just an idiot. Jim and John are two different people. Speaking of idiots, hey Florio, when are you going to report that Richard Seymour wants to resign with the Raiders? Weren’t you the dumb ass that said that Seymour didnt want to join the Raiders when the Raiders traded for him? Didnt u say he filed a grievance, when in fact the NFLPA filed it for him? Richard Seymour himself said he never filed. Please get your facts straight, and if you report rumors at least just say its a rumor, other wise you have dumb asses like this person above believing everything you write. No wonder Al Davis hates the media, you just make stuff up. By the way dont you realize your posts about the Raiders are contradictive one after another? Since were talking about rumors, when are you going to address the rumors of you taking in the ass from Jamarcus Russell in Vegas.

  17. Raider Pride says: Jan 22, 2010 1:38 AM

    raidah55
    January 21, 2010 10:27 PM
    Raiders 2010
    Tom Cable
    Vice President in Charge of Football Operations.
    Jim Harbaugh
    Head Coach
    Jim Fassel
    Offensive Coordinator
    Mike Waufle
    Defensive Line Coach
    Uncapped year
    JaMarcus Russell–Released
    Bruce Gradkowski–Starting QB
    Darren McFadden–WR
    Michael Bush, LaDamian Tomlinson, Justin Fargas, RB’s
    ———————————————-
    The most original, and entertaining comment on P.F.T. in 2010
    You should track the best comments Mr. Florio and have a year end awards for the best comments. Even have a monthly award so their are 12 finalists.
    You could call them “The Florios” and give away little trophies. Perhaps a Florio Bobble Head.
    Well done Raidah55
    However, I want to know where Amy Trask is in your re-shuffle of this great franchise?

  18. Al_Davis_needs_a_dirtnap says: Jan 22, 2010 8:33 AM

    raidah55,
    Are you a real fan?Tomlinson? Hes a washed up pos.I wouldnt take him for free.Is it that stupid video he made, or the fact that he spends most of his practice time on handshakes? Id rather see Napolean McCallum come back!

  19. BboyFiasco says: Jan 22, 2010 12:13 PM

    @ jreed
    i think someone already stated it but Jim and John are brothers and yes you are an Idiot…
    I think Jim Harbaugh is a great candidate to be the Raiders head coach.. Hes an Ex Pro Qb who has great offensive mind and can.. Make Tommy Cable your O Line/ Asst Head Coach and keep our current D cord and we should have a solid Staff.

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