“Near certainty” Harbaugh leaves Stanford

Jim Harbaugh is on his way out of Stanford; the only question is where he will go.

That’s the news, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.   The 49ers and Broncos will go after Harbaugh hard, although San Francisco’s lack of success (and lack of a quarterback) will reportedly make Harbaugh pause before taking the gig.  Schefter thinks Harbaugh will decide shortly after coaching Stanford in the Orange Bowl and could be a NFL head coach by the middle of next week.

Carolina is not expected to go after Harbaugh, instead looking for an established NFL assistant coach.

Harbaugh’s decision to leave Stanford could affect the NFL in another big way.  It would seemingly open the door for Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck to go pro.

24 responses to ““Near certainty” Harbaugh leaves Stanford

  1. Can’t blame him.

    Stanford’s high standard of admission and refusal to allow JuCo transfers makes repeating the season he had this year difficult for the best of coaches.

    If he slips to say, 8-4 next year, which historically would still be a great season for Stanford, he risks losing some of his marketability.

    So unless he is planning on making a career in Palo Alto, he needs to strike while the iron in hot and go now.

  2. Schefter thinks Harbaugh will decide shortly after coaching Stanford in the Orange Bowl and could be a NFL head coach by the middle of next week.
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    Schefter said he thinks Harbaugh is going to Michigan. So stop twisting it.

  3. I’ve actually heard the opposite – that with the team President of the Panthers being from Wofford, a college, that the Panthers may be combing through college coaching talent to see what’s available.

  4. Harbaugh’s in a great position. Michigan will certainly make him an offer, and by the time all the bidding is done, somebody’s gonna have to back up the truck and unload a major wad to land him. If I’m in his shoes, I’d tell the Niners to go secure the #1 pick so that I can land Luck, and agree to sign if they can git’r done. Niners #1 and #2 + Crabtree for Panthers top pick might get it done. Then again if I’m Carolina, I demand Willis be part of any deal, and the Niners would probably hesitate to part with him.

  5. He’s not going to Michigan. What happens if he goes to Michigan and somehow doesn’t do GREAT like Rich Rodgriguez. NFL stops calling as much. If he goes to the NFL now he can ALWAYS go back to Michigan or any other program for that matter.

  6. “The 49ers and Broncos will go after Harbaugh hard, although San Francisco’s lack of success (and lack of a quarterback) will reportedly make Harbaugh pause before taking the gig. ”
    ———
    Broncos are not exactly a paragon of success either and don’t have a QB (please don’t count Tebow yet)

  7. 49ers make too much sense for him to test his feet in the nfl waters. Close by, doesn’t have to uproot his family, young talented team, terrible winnable division. That is probably why it won’t happen and he’ll end up in Denver or Carolina. Yes, I’m a realistic niner fan. F BALKI!!!!

  8. “If he goes to the NFL now he can ALWAYS go back to Michigan or any other program for that matter.”

    This is the common sense approach. Michigan really wants him but taking that job is a long term gig. If he has any NFL aspirations, now is the time. However, Rich Rod has set the bar so low at UM that it doesn’t take much to make you look successful immediately there.

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    babyjesus69 says: Jan 2, 2011 1:59 PM

    He’s not going to Michigan. What happens if he goes to Michigan and somehow doesn’t do GREAT like Rich Rodgriguez. NFL stops calling as much. If he goes to the NFL now he can ALWAYS go back to Michigan or any other program for that matter.

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    If he doesn’t go to Michigan now, Hoke is getting that job and keeping it for the next 15 years.

    Harbaugh will be Michigan’s coach by Friday.

  10. @babyjesus69:

    Maybe he sees the pitfalls of going to a team run by a guy who has only been able to legally rent a car for 4 years.

    They should hire McDaniels. Then they could become the first team in history to have an owner and a coach who both get carded at R rated movies.

  11. He’s going to Michigan. They like their “Michigan guys” (which RichRod is most certainly not) and the honeymoon period would be lengthy.

    Then again, if he really liked Luck, he could bring him to Carolina.

    But SF? I think he’s been close enough to see all the warts that even the national media misses.

  12. Harbaugh is not going to the 49ers because the 49ers don’t have an establish QB and they will be picking outside of the top 10. Other than Luck, there is not a QB worth drafting inside of the top 10 this year. The Broncos do have an outside chance though.

    Harbaugh is pretty much a lock for Michigan (long term job security, increase and a good steady income, and familiarity with the university and the alumni base). The 49ers are now looking more and more like the Detroit Lions from 2000-2008; why would he want to take part in that circus.

  13. He’s not going to Michigan. The days when a coach with options chooses college over the NFL are over (except for the curious case of Charlie Weiss, which defies explanation).

    College coaching has become a meat grinder that makes the NFL coaching carousel seem like a picnic.

    Between the screaming alumni, gestapo NCAA, and all of the non X and O stuff a college coach has to worry about (recruiting, speeches to booster clubs, etc.), and usually for less money, who could blame coaches who have a choice from fleeing to the NFL?

  14. no qb worthy outside top 10? So you’re saying Luck, Cam, Locker, Mallet and blaine gabbert are all going in first 10 picks? Lucky the niners are picking anywhere 2-11 based on this weekends games.

  15. “Harbaugh’s in a great position. Michigan will certainly make him an offer, and by the time all the bidding is done, somebody’s gonna have to back up the truck and unload a major wad to land him. If I’m in his shoes, I’d tell the Niners to go secure the #1 pick so that I can land Luck, and agree to sign if they can git’r done. Niners #1 and #2 + Crabtree for Panthers top pick might get it done. Then again if I’m Carolina, I demand Willis be part of any deal, and the Niners would probably hesitate to part with him.”

    The 9ers are not going to give up a guy who was a steal at #10 last year. (Crabtree) Plus give up picks just to pay top pick money for a QB who could set them back again if he doesn’t produce. (A. Smith) They are DEFINITELY not going to give up the best ILB in the game for a rookie QB. Anyone in the league would give up much more than that to get Willis.

  16. realitypolice says:
    Jan 2, 2011 2:51 PM

    College coaching has become a meat grinder that makes the NFL coaching carousel seem like a picnic.

    Are you kidding me!!!!

    The average tenure of an NFL coach is 4.3 years (More like 2 years now to be honest). The average Tenure is a College football coach is at least 5 years.

    The average salary is 3.25 million, with ESTABLISHED coach’s getting upwards of 7 millions a year, first year coaches getting on average 2 million. Keep in mind, the coach’s that made at least 6 million this year are Pete Carroll, John Fox and Mike Shanahan…Boy did they deliver for their fans.

    If Harbaugh is going to the NFL, he will want at least 5 million a year and an established QB or one he can quickly develop. It is obvious that success for an NFL coach begins at the QB position. If you don’t have a QB, your dead in the water.

    Do the 49ers have a QB? HELL NO

    Do the Broncos have a QB? It is looking like Tebow can be a starting QB in NFL.

    As the old saying in the NFL goes for a NFL head coach…The day you get hired is a day sooner you will be fired

  17. rashardmendenballs says:
    Jan 2, 2011 5:29 PM
    realitypolice says:
    Jan 2, 2011 2:51 PM

    The average tenure of an NFL coach is 4.3 years (More like 2 years now to be honest). The average Tenure is a College football coach is at least 5 years.
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    First off, you pulled that average tenure thing for college coaches out of your a**. If not, prove it.

    Secondly, while that may be true of NCAA football overall, it certainly isn’t true of the marquee programs anymore. Average tenure for coaches in the NCAA are also skewed by coaches who stay for 30 years.

    No coach at a major SEC or Big Ten program is getting away with losing for 5 years anymore.

    Name me a coach in a premier program who has had 5 consecutive losing seasons and kept his job.

    How many NFL coaches with .500 or above records will be fired this year?

    Charlie Weiss was fired after finishing .500 last year, and Rich Rodriguez is about to be fired despite improving by 2 wins in each of first three seasons (3-9, 5-7, 7-6).

    Should I go on?

  18. Oh, I forgot a big one. Ralph Friedgen got fired at Maryland this year after going 9-4 and winning a bowl game. His overall record at UMD is 25 games over .500.

    Any 4 loss NFL coaches sweating their jobs today?

  19. i hope he does not come to Denver, The last thing we need is another experiment coach.

    we need somebody with exoerience, Malarkey, Marty S, Nolan etc

  20. rashardmendenballs-If Harbaugh is going to the NFL, he will want at least 5 million a year and an established QB or one he can quickly develop. It is obvious that success for an NFL coach begins at the QB position. If you don’t have a QB, your dead in the water.

    Do the 49ers have a QB? HELL NO
    — —- —- —
    1)Jed York said money is no issue, so the 5 million a year you say he would want (don’t know where you got that number from) he would get…
    2)You’re right, the Niners don’t have a QB, but you went on to say, “or one he can quickly develop.” In that case, theoretically, he does have a QB he can develop. The 49ers have a #7 pick, which means he will get to choose almost any college QB he wants to develop (unfortunately not Luck).
    3)He will have full control of his team because Baalke is a push over, and lets his coaches control the draft (i.e. this past draft with Samurai)… The Broncos don’t offer that (especially with Elway at the helm.
    … with that said, Harbaugh is going to Michigan.

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