Well, things will be getting awkward in Miami, if Tony Sparano remains the team’s head coach.
Amid reports that owner Stephen Ross has made overtures to big-name coaches like Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden, and Jim Harbaugh, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Ross is heading to California to “make an urgent pitch to Jim Harbaugh.”
Sparano remains the team’s head coach. If Ross successfully woos Harbaugh, he’ll have to fire Sparano and then comply with the Rooney Rule before hiring Harbaugh.
Harbaugh reportedly spent five hours meeting with 49ers owner Jed York and G.M. Trent Baalke on Wednesday. We’re told that Harbaugh wants $7 million per year, and there’s a belief in league circles that Harbaugh leaked word that Michigan offered him $5.2 million per year in order to drive up his price at the NFL level.
The news of Miami’s interest in Harbaugh will tend to have the same effect.
For now, it’s unclear where Harbaugh will be coaching in 2011. One thing that’s increasingly clear is that Harbaugh won’t be staying at Stanford.