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Friday, January 7, 2011
Jim Harbaugh Expected To Accept 5-Year Deal With 49ers
Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh is expected to sign a 5-year $25 million deal to become the San Franscisco 49ers next head coach. Harbaugh's name has been red hot for numerous coaching positions including Denver, Miami and Michigan. He will be leaving Stanford a 12-1 season and an impressive Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech.
Harbaugh began his coaching career as an unpaid assistant under his father at Western Kentucky while still playing in the NFL before becoming an assistant coach for the Raiders in 2002-2003. He then moved on to become head coach at San Diego U. from 2004-2007 and led the team to a 29-6 record. His coaching record with the Cardinals is 29-21 and he has a career coaching record of 58-27, all in the college ranks.
Coaching the 49ers will not be an easy task, as the team will be looking for a quarterback next season and they drastically need to upgrade their secondary. With that being said the 49ers still have a solid nucleus of young talent on both sides of the ball and have a chance to be much improved very soon. IF they can find a quarterback. Stanford red shirt sophomore Andrew Luck will be returning to school so you can go ahead and forget that scenario playing out.
I'll update with details as they become available.